Follow up: Leave it in the Ground

Follow up: Leave it in the Ground
Posted on August 15, 2015 | Dianne Varga | Written on August 15, 2015
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From: Dianne Varga
Sent: August 15, 2015 1:01 PM
Subject: RE: leaving it in the ground
Importance: High

Good morning, Mr. Mulcair –

I write to you (again) from the Okanagan Valley, where today the Testalinden Creek fire is 0 per cent contained 7 kilometers south of Oliver, and the Wilsons Mountain fire is 0 per cent contained 1 kilometer north of Oliver. The people who live in Oliver look like they’re in for it, quite like the folks one valley over in Rock Creek, where they’ve had to evacuate because another fire is 0 per cent contained.

Three weeks ago, when Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Christy Clark were in West Kelowna for a fire-related photo op, the latter happened to blurt the truth: "Climate change has altered the terrain. It's made us much more vulnerable to fire."

As such, I ask you (again), is there really anything “sustainable” about development of the tar sands? Can we really afford to incinerate even more fossil fuels than we are already?

It’s been several years, Mr. Mulcair, since you’ve written back to me on the subject of fossil fuel exploitation and climate change. Yet my questions to you over time are on point. Why won’t you answer them?

Dianne Varga
Kelowna, B.C.

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