Net zero claims sim­ply aren’t true

Calgary Herald - - OPINION -

Re:” Let’s cel­e­brate that Canada is likely a net zero pol­luter” Opin­ion, by Danielle Smith, Jan. 11.

Canada isn’t a net zero pol­luter, as Danielle Smith wants us to be­lieve.

The 2018 B.C. for­est fires alone added an es­ti­mated 190 mil­lion tons of green­house gases to the at­mos­phere. And due to cli­mate change, for­est fires will likely be­come the new norm, not the ex­cep­tion. Re­cent satel­lite images of the Ama­zon show it breath­ing in huge amounts of CO2 dur­ing the day and re­leas­ing vir­tu­ally all of it back out at night; I imag­ine Cana­dian forests work in a sim­i­lar man­ner.

Un­for­tu­nately, for­est fires aren’t the only way Canada is con­tribut­ing nat­u­rally to green­house gases. Sci­en­tist es­ti­mate there are 300-400 bil­lion tons of green­house gases trapped un­der the per­mafrost of the Cana­dian North. As the per­mafrost thaws, these gases will be re­leased into our at­mos­phere, mak­ing Canada one of the largest green­house gas emit­ters on the planet, some­thing the net zero pro­po­nents al­ways seem to ig­nore. Robert Clark, Cal­gary

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