Alberta Politics
The view of Victoria Harbour and the Olympic Mountains yesterday morning — sorry, Alberta, but the smoke is courtesy global climate change (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).

VICTORIA — The world is waking up to the fact the climate emergency is, well, an emergency.

This certainly isn’t good news for Alberta, although, perversely, it may be good news in the short term of the United Conservative Party of Premier Jason Kenney and governments like his in other petroleum dependent jurisdictions.

As climate change makes things worse for millions, governments in heavily impacted places will become more aggressive with jurisdictions and businesses they view as contributing to the problem.

“This is a climate damn emergency,” an exasperated California Governor Gavin Newsom said the other day as he promised to fast-track the state’s planned transition to 100-per-cent renewable energy. This does not bode well for Alberta’s oil, no matter how ethical we pretend it is.

And the climate damn emergency is hard to deny. The west coast of the United States is aflame. What may be the hottest ambient air temperature in human history, 54 and a half degrees Celsius, was recorded in Death Valley this summer. Serious people are suggesting it may not be long before millions of people in the United States face becoming climate refugees.

You don’t have to go to California to see that it’s real, either. You just have to sniff the air here in British Columbia’s capital these past few days.

It’s said here this will win help Joe…

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