How Obsession With ‘Carbon’ Left Us Woefully Unprepared for the Disastrous Fraser Valley Flood of 2021
I’m writing from Abbotsford, in the heart of BC’s Fraser Valley, where—alas!—I have a ringside seat to observe the ghastly damage done through the neglect of neo-Marxists in Victoria and Ottawa, and their purblind obsession about carbon ‘pollution’ and climate change.
I was a teen-ager during the 1948 Fraser Valley flood. We have known since then that the Chilliwack, Sumas and Fraser Rivers—and the Nooksack River in Washington State—needed vastly improved levees and dykes. But the needed changes were deemed “too expensive” in Victoria and Ottawa.
For decades, real ecology scientists like Dr. Patrick Moore have been telling us that climate change is real, but that the carbon obsession has been leading politicians in exactly the wrong direction. Instead of preparing our cities and countryside with the needed infrastructure to handle extreme weather events—like the recent downpour, landslides and flooding in BC—they have been strangling the very industries that produce the wealth we needed to cope with change.
Dr. Moore—a real climate scientist who helped found Greenpeace—left that organization when its core of neo-Marxist anti-industrialists led it into the swamp of leftist ideas. He writes that the world has been emerging from the Little Ice Age for almost three centuries. A tiny bit of that change may be attributable to the growth of industry, he postulates; but it’s far more likely to be the result of solar activity, which is the prime driver of Earth’s climate. In fact, he says, the world is right now emerging from a dearth of CO2, with an atmosphere that has less than half the level of CO2 that was present during the Holocene Optimum.
“Optimum” means “best.” That was when life really flourished on Earth, before the ice age.
Bjorn Lomborg, a level-headed statistician and economist, has also written that we need more, not less CO2, to feed a population that is estimated to peak at nine or ten billion later in this century.
People in the Davos crowd—like US President Biden, Prime Minister Trudeau and his hand-picked, carbon-obsessed Climate Czar, Steven Guilbeault—have pursued a mindless policy of crippling Canada’s wealth-producing industries: they’ve burdened them with taxes and regulations and gender obsessions; and while focusing on these distractions, they’ve fought against pipelines that could have given Alberta, Prairie and northern BC oil and gas access to tidewater markets. Lack of access has limited their sales to the American market, where Canadian fuel only gets about 60 percent (or less) of what the world markets are willing to pay.
Consider the improved infrastructure that 40% higher fuel revenues could have funded. This would have allowed us to better prepare for extreme weather.
They call CO2 “pollution”—which is untrue: CO2 is plant food, the foundation of all life on earth. And the energy industry has been a prime driver in lifting more people out of poverty than any other single activity in human history.
The potential wealth from Canada’s energy industry and the related industries that have grown alongside it was exactly what, according to Lomborg, we needed to pay for the engineering project that could have prevented disasters like the flooding of BC’s Fraser Valley farmlands—some of the richest agricultural land in Canada.
The farms and families wiped out on Sumas Prairie are the direct victims of an obsession, and a neo-Marxist world-view that has been allowed to steer Canada and BC in exactly the wrong direction—with the help of a media claque that has obediently parroted Ottawa’s and Victoria’s blind carbon obsession.
It’s too late to protect many of the farm families that have been wiped out by this political obsession with CO2, but it’s not too late for voters to plan to replace the fools whose policies have failed to protect our citizens from this foreseeable disaster and hardship.
Remember this disaster when the next election comes around. CHP Canada reminds voters that ‘natural disasters’—like the Great Flood of Noah’s day—can be traced back to sin, not carbon emissions. The CHP proposes common-sense policies that would benefit all Canadians—and the world. Join today.
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