I recently read John Vaillant’s book, Fire Weather, and heard him in a Calgary interview this week. The book is about the 2016 Fort McMurray fire but offers a vivid glimpse into what is currently happening in the province. So far this year, the Fort McMurray forest area has had about 58 fires. Slave Lake forest area has had 131 fires since January. The Calgary forest area has an “extreme wildfire danger” rating, with 66 fires having been responded to since January.
The UN secretary-general noted that July broke all global temperature records beyond the warming phase. We know that climate dynamics is not restricted to extreme wildfire events. Although heat is the driver, that energy can find expression in storm activity, extreme rain and flooding, drought and wildfires. A buffet of climate-related disasters.
We know that every effect has a cause. Currently, it seems we are stuck dealing with the effects. How are we doing with the causes?
Ron Robinson, Nelson, B.C.
Questioning the climate crisis
I recently took the climate quiz at CO2coaltion.org (a U.S. advocacy group that rejects climate crisis).
I did quite well as I’ve carried my “climate denier” status with a lot of pride. My common sense just can’t allow me to fall in with the “sky is falling” crowd.
Reading about professor Tricia Stadnyk’s deep sense of foreboding concerning falling water and ice levels in the recent “More chaos” article left me concerned for her.
My prescription: go to the above-mentioned website and take the climate quiz. Learn that weather and climate didn’t begin 150 years ago but billions of years ago.
Read how CO2 is essential to all life and its assertion that the Earth gets healthier with every ppm increase.
Rob Simpson, Calgary
Greener energy takes back seat to reliability
Re: Liberals prioritize climate virtue-signalling over keeping the lights on, Opinion, Aug. 16
Energy is the lifeblood of a nation and, thanks to Nikola Tesla, electrical energy is one of the most important and cleanest forms of that energy for our industry, health care, home life and national security. Whereas we should always seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions incurred via generation of electricity, this should be done in a way that does not harm reliability and safety of the electrical grid.
Green technologies such as solar and wind still need years of development to enable them to compete with fossil fuel or natural gas power generation. Battery technology to power electric vehicles also has a long way to go to replace the combustion engine.
I am convinced we will overcome these hurdles with proper funding of research but, in the meantime, we can’t just replace our electrical grid with zero-emission sources as any rapid change causes great chaos and distress.
I would also ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau why he doesn’t make a move toward expanding nuclear energy in Canada, which is also a resource (uranium) the country holds in great abundance.
Michael Pravica, Henderson, Nev.