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Letter: We can't just watch Canada burn — it's time for action

"We are in a climate emergency, and it’s time to act like it."
We are in a climate emergency, and it's time to act like it, this writer says.


This summer has made it clearer than it’s ever been before. We are in a climate emergency, and it’s time to act like it. But instead of getting us off fossil fuels and salvaging a livable future for our children, our federal government is offering piecemeal half-measures.

The recent announcement about limiting fossil fuel subsidies relies on unproven and shortsighted fixes like carbon capture and is full of loopholes that continue to channel public dollars into Big Oil’s pockets. The long anticipated Sustainable Jobs Act offered an inadequately ambitious plan to make another plan — and it leaves the door open for the fossil fuel industry to have a seat at the table. We need more and better from our federal representatives.

No more delays. No more distractions. Canada is on fire; we must make polluters pay and accelerate bold action.

Lee Smith