In the past year floods have devastated far too many communities in Alberta, BC and elsewhere in the world.
The onslaught of flooding and extreme weather is no coincidence. Both climate scientists and the Canadian government have warned that flooding and extreme weather events will be more common due to climate change. Just recently the Nobel-peace prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirmed again (in its 5th Assessment Report) that human-caused greenhouse gas pollution is having global impacts.
It's time to start making huge gas and oil companies like Exxon Mobil take responsibility for the consequences of their greenhouse gas pollution.
The Bank of Montreal estimates that it will take $3 billion to $5 billion to clean up Alberta's floods, and the Premier of Alberta is predicting it may take 10 years. And that doesn't even include the cost of protecting Canadians from future flooding.
Asking Canadian taxpayers to pay for the impacts of climate change is not economically sustainable. Send a message today: It's time for our government to place a price on carbon for greenhouse gas polluters.
Prime Minister Harper,
Recent flooding has devastated far too many communities across Canada. Climate scientists have warned that flooding and extreme weather events will be more common due to climate change.
Asking Canadian taxpayers to pay for the impacts of, and the cost of preparing for, climate change is not economically sustainable. As extreme weather events, flooding, rising sea levels, spreading disease, crop failures and other impacts become real, we're simply not going to be able to afford the cost.
It's time for large greenhouse gas polluters to take responsibility.
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A real price on carbon, paid by greenhouse gas polluters like Exxon Mobil, would both create an economic incentive to reduce emissions, and, equally significantly, could help fund disaster relief, and the implementation of measures to help make Canadian communities more resilient to the impacts of a changing climate.
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