MHA’s complaint is shortsighted and selfish
Recently, a member of the House of Assembly in opposition wrote to complain about Premier Dwight Ball’s reluctance to come to a hard decision against the imposition of a carbon tax on Newfoundlanders. This issue has been in the news for some years, and was the premier reason why one MP years ago was not taken seriously when he ran for the Liberal leadership. He was ahead of his time, but not ahead of necessity.
The imposition of a carbon tax is meant to be punitive, in order to help persuade the public to begin to wean themselves off their unhealthy and backward reliance on fossil fuels. All of us who have any powers of observation and who keep up with scientific knowledge in the media and in the great many studies available in books and magazine articles know that our global weather patterns are bringing disastrous storms and “weather events” to every part of the planet with greater and greater frequency. Such floods, fires, droughts, earthquakes, volcanoes and windstorms such as hurricanes and tornadoes, and tidal waves, wiping out low-lying communities — are occurring more and more frequently because human (but rarely humane) beings opt for development of every resource in our geological and aquatic terrains.
The president of the United States views undeveloped land in Alaska as a fishpond for the business interests of people who have already damaged vast areas of the planet, to our great detriment. These predations have brought economic prosperity to too few and great hardship to hundreds of millions of people to whom the planetary resources belonged as much as to the entrepreneurs amongst us.
These business interests have altered the lives and property of hundreds of millions of people, as well as other species, hundreds of which annually become endangered while others are exterminated forever. Aesop should be around now to write about our over-reliance on using up non-renewable resources, or using polluting resources such as oil and gas which make our whole planet sick.
The MHA is focusing on his own comfort in the “here and now” and ignoring the warnings. He is entitled to speak for himself, and in his attack on the premier he is doing so.
But he does not have the right to insult others who do not agree with his point of view, since those who choose not to continue the unintelligent exploitation of non-renewable and polluting resources, and instead listen to and read about other options, will be the ones to which future generations will owe a vote of thanks. Judy Gibson