Friday August 01, 2014

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Howl

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We crossed our wet, icy driveway toward the front door in the sun. It was time for a bathroom break from helping Farmer in the shop. Paying attention to such times is important for a five-year-old.

“It’s spring, I think,” Princess observed.

“It seems that way today, but not yet,” I cautioned.

I woke many times recently to the wind hammering us. Finally Farmer rose to close the watering bowl, cursing the wind as he traveled through the house and finally out the door on his way to work.

We are strange bed fellows, Farmer and I.

The pattern of rare nice day between periods of sustained cold or sustained strong winds has been our winter.

“Well I never!” is staple Farmer commentary on whatever distasteful weather pattern pounds us.

I don’t verbalize my climate change connections. What would be the good of that?

Nor am I playing Neil Young’s music or quoting him in farmhouse conversation. In fact, to hear the Canadian musician/activist talk to Jian Ghomeshi about Canada’s dirty secret, I had to go into the office with the door closed and listen to an interview on the CBC website:

If didn’t hide, I would not be able to hear the conversation above windy protests from the man that I love.

As we’ve learned from the Senate scandal, it’s hard to fact check the Government of Canada, but post interview it was easy for Ghomeshi to find an Enbridge employee/university professor to counter Neil Young’s statements.

When we look at motivation alone, one has to wonder why Young would want to spend time in the unpopular position of pointing out the “ugliest environmental disaster” the government of Canada could ever hope to hide.

“Musicians should stay out of politics?” Young remarks, “Is that a great Canadian belief?”

“Why would anyone say anything... if there wasn’t something wrong? Then look at the motivation of the Canadian government and the oil companies.”

Young is making some people very angry, including my bedfellow; by writing this, I do the same. But the wind will still blow and the terrific sustained cold or hot temperatures of climate change will persist.

It’s time to pay attention: oil sands development, although extremely polluting, is not a renewable resource, while the lands this development destroys, and the water polluted by its extraction, are left perpetually toxic. That should make us all howl.

 


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