Calgary declared a Climate Emergency on Nov. 15, 2021. This report rebuts the claims of the declaration and calls for a movement to demand some ‘climate reason’.
Mayor Gondek and Council should have rejected the misinformed activists’ call to jump on the “Climate Emergency” bandwagon. The climate emergency is over. We DO have time.
Mayor and Council should have considered the fate of Calgary citizens as they already face an energy crisis that will make the lives of many one of misery and poverty.
CITIES DO IMPACT CLIMATE CHANGE – REGIONALLY.
While the motion put forward by Mayor Gondek is correct in referencing the impact of cities on climate, and the regional influence of human activity via land use, water diversion, etc., is evident in the work of Dr. Roger Pielke, Sr., and colleagues , Calgary and Alberta have already been actively addressing climate change and environment issues for decades. Former Calgary Mayor Ralph Klein was Alberta’s first Environment Minister. Alberta had the first Environment Ministry. Alberta had the first Climate Change and Environment legislation in North America and the first carbon tax on large emitters in 2003. Prior to this, Alberta had already instituted the Best Available Technology Economically Achievable (BATEA) regulations in the late 1990s. Reclamation is the law in Alberta and has been for decades.
Largely due to the Tar Sands Campaign, these good works were buried by activists, when all of Alberta’s and Calgary’s climate and environmental achievements were the work of dedicated public servants and publicly employed scientists and corporate innovators, not climate activists!
Thus, it is odd to think that, as the Motion supposes, by declaring a Climate Emergency the tone and tenor of climate activism against Calgary, or the desire to invest in Calgary would suddenly change for the positive. Calgary has been ranked for years in the top ten green cities in Canada and this report says: “it’s consistently voted as one of the cleanest cities not only in Canada, but in the world.”
Compare this to the city of Beijing (population 21.4 million) which puts out emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of the entire province of Ontario (See report).