The overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree human
activity is changing our climate. Carbon dioxide, a product
of burning fossil fuels, has been identified as the largest
single source of greenhouse gases, which contribute to global
warming. This is causing dramatic changes in ecosystems around
the world. Reports show Pacific salmon turning up in the Arctic
Ocean, for instance. Other effects include extreme flooding,
drought, violent storms and other extreme weather events.
With the Kyoto Protocol coming into effect as of February
2005, Canada must take serious steps to reducing our greenhouse
gas production. We have already found more oil and gas throughout
the world than the planet can afford to burn. To open up new
basins at a time when Canada needs to be developing non-polluting
energy sources is a huge step in the wrong direction.