"Update, March 3, 2016: Since this post was originally published, the heat wave has continued. As of Thursday morning, it appears that average temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere have breached the 2 degrees Celsius above “normal” mark for the first time in recorded history, and likely the first time since human civilization began thousands of years ago.* That mark has long been held (somewhat arbitrarily) as the point above which climate change may begin to become "dangerous" to humanity. It's now arrived—though very briefly—much more quickly than anticipated. This is a milestone moment for our species. Climate change deserves our greatest possible attention."
That two degree temperature jump according to scientists is already here. Plus that's two degrees Celsius, the average world wide temperature rise. The truth is, in regions that we need to maintain reflective snow ice cover, our worlds air conditioning unit, those temperature increases could be as high at 10 degrees Celsius. That creates a melted non reflective world heat absorbing hot spot which will unfreeze all those billions of heat trapping gases stored in the permafrost and under in the ocean shelves. Once those methane hydrates are released it sets up non stop multipling methane gas releases and it game over for our species. and there won't be a thing we can do to stop it.
CANADA'S contribution to our overheating planet? Good question is Canadian's are developing the TAR Sands when scientist tell us its worse than coal when used. Plus all of the oil extracted is going to the world market where its sold to the highest bidder and BIG OIL keeps ALL the profits, so we can't even say we're protecting national energy concerns. And who pays for the increased cancers and neurological damage for those living in the area, poisoned by more than 100 chemicals used in extraction. And who buries the thousand of wildlife poisoned by the extraction process that's leaked into the rivers, lakes and ground water.
The oil people, especially the bought and paid for right wing crow about the harm to our economy if we shut down the Tar Sands. Harm the Canadian economy? How about harm to our overheating planet. How about harming our country. The oil sands uses more fresh water in its extraction than all the six million citizens consume in a year in Toronto area. This water is then poisoned beyond recovery, permanently, with over 100 chemicals.The result this poisoned water is now stored in above ground holding ponds that are leaking this poison into the ground water , poisoning everything from Ft McMurray to the Arctic Circle.
Ground water isn't the only form of pollution, Pollution gas releases by just company operating in the Tar Sands. Air releases of combined gases without volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by Syncrude Canada in 2005 were 129,741,321 (kg) in total, including ammonia (4,302,361 kg), sulphuric acid (1,129,425 kg), xylene (501,461 kg), etc. The company was also ranked as having the seventh highest air releases of combined gases (without VOC) in Canada in 2005.
Then comes the refining process making this chemical sludge into a saleable oil product, that's only after it has been pushed through thousands of miles of pipeline , where this abrassive corrosive chemical concoction will eventually wear through the pipline walls and cause further environmental damage.
Then there's the shipping of this product on the high seas in container ships, that could break up for numerous reasons and when this product finally reaches the market to be used, it's more polluting than coal.
What's the new Trump regime answer to climate change? It doesn't exist, in fact it's now taboo to even mention the words 'climate warming' in the US government under this pro fossil fuel group.