Our civilization is coming to an end, sooner than later. It won’t end with a war, or a disease, or a flood, but rather with an abandonment of reason and hope. The Harper Conservatives will be reviled in the history books (if there are history books). Why? Greed.
There’s no other logical reason for the Conservatives’ stance on ignoring the imminent threat of climate change. It’s not personally impacting the lives of Conservative MPs in ways they comprehend, so they put it at such a low priority that making money is more urgent to them all. It’s a bloody disgrace, to themselves, and to our country.
Nations and species are literally going to be wiped off the Earth because of their greed. And they won’t even allow the politicians who do care about those people and animals to debate it in the House of Commons, despite their supposedly firm grip on any vote that takes place inside Parliament. Cowards!
When Minister Kent was confronted the other day about his government’s secret plan to remove Canada from the Kyoto agreement (which does not even go far enough according to more recent scientific understanding), he refused to comment on being found out. He sputtered that it wasn’t time to announce it yet, obviously confused about what to say now that his evil plot had been revealed ahead of schedule.
To avoid runaway global warming, all the 192 parties of the UNFCC and all 191 parties to the Kyoto Protocol, have agreed that greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced dramatically to avoid global average temperature exceeding a 2 degree Celsius rise above the average global temperature at the time of the Industrial Revolution. We are already approaching one degree C above those levels. For those who think the global average temperature of 1-2 degree rise sounds trivial, it is worth noting that to melt the last ice age took a warming of only 4-5 degrees C. Two degrees C is huge. Many scientists believe that 2 degrees C is far too high. Probabilities of avoiding runaway global warming at 2 degrees C may be on the order of 50-50.
That is why in Cancun at COP16 it was accepted that nations should consider efforts to more deeply reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid exceeding 1.5 degrees. Low-lying island states have adopted the rallying call “1.5 to stay alive.”
The best scientific advice suggests that in order to avoid exceeding 2 degrees C it is imperative that the rise in global emissions be arrested by 2015. In fairness, it must be noted that some respected scientists believe that exceeding 2 degrees C is now inevitable.
What May writes is not in dispute by scientists. Greedy politicians who are too eager to tell you that you can have everything you’re used to without consequences damning us to an unlivable Earth, are lying to you. The Conservatives are lying to you. Quite literally the future of the world hangs in the balance, and the forces of darkness are winning.