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LETTER: Strange days in the climate discussion

From reader Ron Robinson
Nelson, B.C. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

On Sept. 15, Fridays for Future is taking part in the Global Strike to End Fossil Fuels. Actions in cities around the world, including Ottawa and New York, are intended to highlight the role played by the fossil fuel sector in affecting global climate change. In Nelson, the West Kootenay Climate Hub will have an information table that day in the amenity area by CIBC between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., in support of that global action.

By coincidence, on Sept. 14 the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival is featuring author John Vaillant, whose book Fire Weather affirms the role of the fossil fuel sector in affecting climate change that we have seen expressed in Canada’s worst wildfire season on record.

By contrast, Reuters posted a critiqued article about claims made by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers that with new carbon capture technologies they could actually increase production and still reduce emissions. The critique pointed out that emissions from the burning end of the consumption cycle were not accounted for. These are strange days.

Ron Robinson


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