Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Climate Change Will Cause Future Job Losses

I was interested in the thesis in Dion’s speech that being at the fore front of fighting climate change will bring economic opportunities to Canadian entrepreneurs. I believe this to be so true.
We do know that not to take action will cost us jobs. We have two examples of this taking place in Canada this year. One is the Pine Beetle plague that has ravaged British Columbia’s forests and is has now moved into Alberta’s forests. The beetle hash a continuous forest to eat to the east coast. Once the trees are killed the forest industry has a short window to try and salvage the dead trees so there is a short term upswing in the mill towns. When the usable trees are gone then unemployment sets in. The Beetle is killed by a periods of cold temperature below -40oC. This did not occur in British Columbia all through the 90s so we have an epidemic. Prior to that cold helped keep the beetle in check. The Second example of climates changes negative impact is the warm winter we have had to this point. There is a negative effect on our winter recreation/tourist industry. Here in southern Ontario there have been layoffs of staff in both the down hill and cross country sectors. The snowmobile industry and ice fishing industry have also been hard hit. This will have a negative impact on many small family run businesses.

Not to take aggressive action to curb and reverse our emissions now will hurt Canadians employment opportunities and standard of living.

I have two general comments.

First, I see you are well educated. Generally, the most intelligent people in our country (world), like yourself, are also the people most concerned with and understand the environment.

Secondly, I wonder why you would support a political party who has neglected the environment since its inception. Scientists have been explaining environmental concerns for decades and even for a century now. As usual, the Liberals and Conservatives are looking only for votes at election time. I support the Green Party. They will put a priority on the environment, a priority as your blog seems to indicate, that is neccesary now due to a century of bad, unintelligent, greedy government.
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