Saturday, August 15, 2009
Dust Bowl and an end to oil
With southern Alberta and Saskatchewan turning into dust bowls that will far exceed the ravages of the 1930's, the question will quickly come down to available drinking water versus water available for oil processing. Humans can live without oil, they can't live without water. With the mountain glaciers all melting or melted because of global warming, and thus with no means of replenishing prairie rivers, except random rain storms, it would appear that the once mighty economy of the bastion of climate-change-deniers will be reduced to little if any activity for generations, it's as if some Biblical wasteland will have been reaped by all that rapacious sowing. Michael Ignatieff's suggestion that the future lies in Alberta, has to be treated with serious scepticism, since it is far more probable that the province will revert to pre-1947 poverty levels, with populations having dwindled to the core of obstinancy that appears to govern the ideological blindness of Alberta politics.