Letters, Feb. 6: Stats expose flaws in Ottawa's climate policies

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Kelly Ogle and Joe Calnan have written a must-read article pointing out the fallacy of the federal government’s policy in respect to climate change and fossil fuels, and calling for a policy re-evaluation. Ottawa wishes to present Canada to the United Nations and the Davos elites as a leader in combating man-made climate change.

Ogle and Calnan note that Canada produces six per cent of the world’s oil, up from 3.7 per cent in 2005, while in the same period, Canada’s emissions fell from 1.7 per cent to 1.5 per cent. Ottawa wishes to eliminate Western Canada’s 115,000 oil jobs and forgo 30 per cent of Canada’s revenue by using expensive, unreliable solar and wind sources requiring expensive backups.

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As Calgary’s Friends of Science demonstrates in their exhaustive research, not man but the sun is the driver of climate change.

Roger Edmunds, Calgary

Canada must step up to protect seas

The world is at an important inflection point. Safe seas have long been taken for granted, thanks to the protection of the U.S. navy. However, recent issues with the Houthis in the Red Sea and with China in the South China Sea have shown that we can no longer take safe ocean transport for granted.

Canada needs to significantly increase its naval presence and collaborate with our allies to ensure secure sea lanes.

Peter Breedveld, Calgary

Climate effects can’t be ignored

Re: Punching above its weight’: Albertans claimed $330 million from insurance in 2023 due to severe weather

The effects of climate change are not as far from home as some would think. Although the image of polar bears on dwindling ice caps looms large in the collective perception of climate change, a clearer picture for Albertans would be snowless, drought-priming winters, summers of choking wildfire smoke, and frequent hail, fires and floods.

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Normal, everyday folk in our province spent billions on weather-related damages in 2023 (the hottest year in recorded history). That figure is only going to go up as we enter 2024, which is predicted to break that record again.

Although we are hurting, we are not blameless. In fact, we have all the tools to fix this problem, the only thing we are lacking is the political will. With enough people speaking to enough politicians, we could break some different records here in Alberta: Highest green energy investments. Most renewable projects. Lowest emissions. Best world.

Mark Taylor, Calgary

Federation means treating all equally

The current Liberal government appears to be in the business of picking winners and losers. This recent huge infusion of cash to the coffers of the City of Toronto is a travesty. In a federation, should not those funds be contributed to the province?

The province, which has a clearer lens to the current issues for its population, would be the correct choice for this contribution.  I hope the people of Toronto and Ontario can see through the smoke and mirrors and see it for what it is.

Trudeau’s Liberals are the most divisive government to the federal concept of Canada in our history.  

George Gish, Claresholm

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