Saturday, 7 May 2016

Discusion with Paul Beckwith

Paul Beckwith on the fires at Port McMurray, Alberta

Paul Beckwith consented to (for him) late-night conversation to fill me in on the latest from the forest fires in Alberta.
The very latest is that a change of wind is forecast which would take the fire in the direction of the tar sands operations and all that that entails, in which case all bets are off.

From Paul Beckwith's site

Fort McMurray’s 88,000 Climate Refugees, Climate Casino


Fort McMurray’s 80,000 Climate Refugees (now 88,000):
Fort Mac Alberta Lucks Out In Climate Casino
Don’t get me wrong. I empathize with the people from Fort McMurray.  Many lost their homes and memories.  I also empathize with the people of Houston that had waterworld a few weeks ago.  And with the people in India who have endured massive fires for a month.  And with the millions that will starve to death because the coral reefs are dying and can no longer support biodiversity and the 25% of the worlds fish that live on them.

Should I go on? I could go on for hours. Even days…
We have a global climate change emergency on our plates. As soon as the public recognizes this then governments will be forced to act. The sooner the better…
Fort McMurray’s 80,000 Climate Refugees // Published on May 4, 201

Fort McMurray was incinerated in a wildfire creating 80,000 climate refugees overnight. As tragic as this fire was, it is just one more city being destroyed in our climate change casino. Every city on our planet is vulnerable. Governments must do the right thing and declare a global climate change emergency.
FYI, US Presidential Candidate ‘Bernie Sander’s News Channel‘ showed my video from today!
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Fort Mac Alberta Lucks Out In Climate Casino // Published on May 4, 2016

Yet another city gets destroyed in our global climate change casino. A few weeks ago it was Houston drowning.  This week it is Fort McMurray, Alberta being destroyed.  Next week it could be your city or mine…
In the above video titled “Fort McMurray’s 80,000 Climate Refugees”, I explained why we are in a global climate change emergency. Here I elaborate.
Please support my work at my easy to use Donate feature (since hardly anyone else does). Thanks, Paul.

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On October 24, 2013 I wrote ‘Are Alberta’s Tar Sands prepared for a torrential rain event?‘, which examine the risk of the Alberta tar sands being flooded out by a torrential rain event, exacerbated by abrupt climate change…

I will need to revisit threats to this region, and analyze the flammability of the tailings ponds and the bitumen extraction regions, including the trees that are clear-cut, the peat that is scraped away and the underlying bitumen, which is like asphalt.  Natural gas, which is >90% methane is highly flammable and is used to melt the bitumen, which is mixed with dilutants (also flammable). A disaster waiting to happen…

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