Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Immigrants to Canada Contribute to Climate Change.

I don’t know about you but it seems Justin Trudeau has spent more time outside the country than in it ever since the Liberals won the federal election back in November of 2015 but I think it’s because Justin is so awesome and it's unfair to the whole of the world if Canadians hog that awesomeness all to themselves.  You see, Justin is so awesome that Canada is too vast, her audience too small to contain and bear witness to the awesomeness that is Justin Trudeau.  Justin knows this so almost immediately after the Liberals won the election that terrible day back in November he embarked on his “Justin Trudeau Is So Awesome” world tour because it would be a crime against humanity to deny the people of the world the opportunity to bask in his awesomeness.  He is after all God’s gift to Canada and Canada’s gift to the world.

That’s why I find it bizarre that he was in New York City recently to lecture the UN on climate change and sign yet another symbolic, non-binding agreement to address it when his globetrotting to date has probably farted out more CO2 emissions into the atmosphere than the bottom 20% of the world’s population does in an entire year.  I mean how serious can you take this guy when he brings along an entourage of 383 souls to the Paris climate summit; more than the U.S., the U.K., and Australia combined; when a smaller contingent of people would have sufficed producing a smaller CO2 footprint and reinforce the image of a government concerned about climate change. 

I don’t believe he gives a damn about climate change.  I think he’s using it as a platform to champion with hopes it will net him a nod from Stockholm.  It also feeds his messiah complex.  It’s all about him really.  Everything, be it the election, gender equality, or climate change.  It’s a means to generate narcissistic supply for the narcissistic Prime Minister and mine adoration from a sycophantic press and a fan base of half-wits.

Were he truly concerned about climate change his party wouldn’t be so determined to shovel more people into the country especially from nations with a lower carbon footprint per capita than Canada.  This is because Canadians have one of the largest carbon footprints in the world.  To put this in perspective, while China is the biggest global producer of CO2 emissions it also has the largest population in the world and broken down per capita Canadians are bigger producers of CO2 emissions than the Chinese.  Yet China is a top source of immigrants to Canada as is India and the Philippines.  Immigrants from these countries, and elsewhere, increase their carbon footprint simply by moving to Canada.

A specific way immigrants contribute to climate change is pushing urban sprawl onto the nation’s arable lands making Canada more dependent on food imports and large agribusiness factory farms both of which have larger carbon footprints than a farm growing local produce.  Furthermore, in urban sprawl the car is king and urban sprawl just expands the urban heat island effect.

Canadians’ large carbon footprint may have to do with the fact that Canada is a northern country with long, cold, dark winters and short hot summers.  It’s a vast country with a relatively sparse population.  To stay warm during the winters, cool in the summers, and to generally traverse its great expanse requires the consumption of inordinate amount of resources.  This may help explain why Canada is warming twice the global rate.  Canada isn’t suitable to hosting a large population.

Whether you accept climate change is real or not is up to you.  However Justin Trudeau has made it very clear it’s very real and very important to him.  When the next election rolls around another one million more people would have been imported into the country increasing their carbon footprint and Canada’s as well.  Allowing that, coupled with his international playboy-esque jet setting, if climate change really matters to Justin Trudeau he has a funny way of showing it.

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