‘Greed today winning battle against life tomorrow’

Dear editor,

In the world today, there are enormous steps being taken with regards to sustainable energy.

Dear editor,

In the world today, there are enormous steps being taken with regards to sustainable energy.

However, there are also extremely well-funded forces that oppose these efforts.

A recent study has shown that over $1 billion was spent in the U.S. alone last year in the effort to discredit climate science. Only 25 per cent of that money could be directly traced back to individuals due to the overwhelming number of hops, skips, and jumps the money took through various ‘donation’ companies, and due to ‘free speech’ laws surrounding monetary donations.

Even larger numbers of everyday people are simply dragging their heels. They don’t want to admit that climate change is real because that means admitting that they need to change their habits. As a species, we don’t like changing our habits.

The funny thing in all of this, is that everyone against sustainable energy development is for money.

They all mistakenly think that sustainable energies, electric cars, hydrogen-fuelled airplanes, etc. will be bad for the economy.

Every single study, test, and example shows us that this is not the case. For every dollar we invest today, we will save exponentially more in the future.

The “business as usual approach” to energy will leave us with a cleanup cost that equals or exceeds the entire GDP of the world economy.

Greed today is winning the battle against life tomorrow. We need to accept and impose limits on wealth, we need to enforce those limits as a moral imperative, and we need to acknowledge that all life is more important than the convenience of not having to change our habits for a few years longer.

Let the multi-millennial reign of the rich die so that all life on Earth can persist.

Justin D. Whitehead,

Comox Valley


Just Posted

Vancouver Islanders among B.C.’s most engaged on electoral reform

Parksville-Qualicum and Courtenay-Comox lead the province in voter turnout, Island high in general

Mount Washington Alpine Resort targeting Dec. 7 opening date

Major snowfall in the forecast for this week

A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq among artists featured in Indigenous music film

When They Awake coming to Stan Hagen Theatre for one night

Comox Valley’s Glacier View Lodge lights up for Christmas

Glacier View Lodge residents and families will gather on Dec. 6 for… Continue reading

CVRD moves to goal-setting stage for sewer service plan

Workshops planned for next week in Comox and Courtenay

VIDEO: E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce sickens 18 people in Ontario, Quebec

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it’s working with U.S. authorities to determine the source of the romaine lettuce those who got ill were exposed to.

Mid Island Farmers Institute discusses fleece at November meeting

Are you a lover of wool and local fibre? Interested in raising… Continue reading

Comox Valley Nature invites the public to learn about nature photography

Comox Valley Nature is hosting a public lecture on photography. Join Terry… Continue reading

Bear hunt on after man knocked down in Port Alberni residential backyard

Traps set after family posted about bear knocking man to the ground and swatting his leg

Island baseball team builds practice facility inside recycling depot

Nanaimo’s Mid Island Pirates held first training session inside Regional Recycling this week

Koi-munching otter avoids trap in Vancouver Chinese garden

Park staff have set up a trap with chicken and smeared a mat with fish oil, so far to no avail

Feds give formal notice for law to end Canada Post strike

Trudeau government ready to legislate employees back to work after five weeks of rotating strikes

Lower Mainland suspect identified in fatal northern B.C. hit and run

Suspect and seven other individuals believed involved located on Haida Gwaii

‘Bait and switch’ warning ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Competition Bureau of Canada is warning shoppers of illegal sale tactics

Most Read