Mayes avoids addressing climate concerns head on

Colin Mayes’ article makes many allegations but provides little detail.

Ever wonder how people can afford to take time off work to lobby on behalf of Suncor and Enbridge? Investigations have uncovered the fact that lobbyists are being paid by multinational corporations to try to influence government.

How ironic that Colin Mayes’ attempt to paint environmentalists as jobless urchins living off the public purse and funds from foreign puppeteers, appeared in the paper on the same week it was announced that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels have reached a sobering 400 parts per million.

Mr. Mayes’ article makes many allegations but provides little detail. Who are these paid demonstrators? Which charities have gone past the 10 per cent they are allowed to spend on advocacy?

Environmental groups are hardly the only beneficiaries of American interest group largesse. The NRA was involved in the campaign to end the long-gun registry in Canada. Was Mr. Mayes similarly outraged when those foreigners were “undermining democracy” in “a sovereign country?”

Global warming is a problem that extends beyond our borders. In order to forestall this looming ecological disaster, we need to stop building more petroleum-based infrastructure like pipelines and bitumen refineries, and we need government investment into energy technologies, efficiencies, and new energy systems that do not continue to raise CO2 levels.

Small ‘c’ conservatives tend to pride themselves on claiming the moral high ground yet the Conservative party seems indifferent to the human suffering already apparent from global warming. Climate change is today causing crop failure, starvation and ‘climate refugees.’

Atmospheric pollution and climate change is not just an environmental issue; it is certainly a moral issue.

Even fiscal conservatives should have obvious reason to be concerned about global warming. The cost of preventing and repairing damage to infrastructure from ever more powerful storms, extreme weather events, and pest infestations will necessitate higher taxes and hurt commerce.

In subsequent columns, I would like to see Mr. Mayes address the issue of climate change head on, rather than attacking those who want to see our government take action to deal with global warming.


Larissa Lutjen



Just Posted

Salmon Arm RCMP seeking car involved in hit and run

Small blue car struck a young man near Okanagan Avenue and 20 Street Monday

Shuswap homing pigeon in need of new abode

Carrier pigeon wearing outdated identification band takes up residence in Yankee Flats

Dog control ramping up on Okanagan Rail Trail

RDNO taking extra precautions to ensure dogs remain on leash

Phone scam uses false RCMP ID on call display

North Okanagan RCMP say there are applications that allow people to change, hide call display info

Fears that speculation tax, if imposed, could kill Shuswap tourism

Regional district directors wrestle with concern of seasonal residents leaving the area

VIDEO: Rare close encounter with whale pod spotted off B.C. waters

Pod of southern resident orca whales breach within arms length of whale watchers

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

Okanagan College student population climbs

Enrolment up nearly 14 per cent

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

Coldstream supports Okanagan College Campus residence project

Project would see a 100-bed residence on the Vernon campus in Coldstream

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Most Read