Fort McMurray and the fires of climate change

Categories: Big picture
Published on: May 6, 2016

The New Yorker / Elizabeth Kolbert / 05 May 2016

Kolbert-Canada-Wildfire-1200As Andrew Weaver, a Canadian climate scientist who is a Green Party member of British Columbia’s provincial legislature, noted, “The reality is we are all consumers of products that come from oil.”

But to fail to acknowledge the connection is to risk another kind of offense. We are all consumers of oil, not to mention coal and natural gas, which means that we’ve all contributed to the latest inferno. We need to own up to our responsibility and then we need to do something about it. The fire next time is one that we’ve been warned about, and that we’ve all had a hand in starting.