Saskatchewan government hypocrisy on natural disasters

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On one hand, the Saskatchewan Party and Premier Brad Wall are giving $250,000 of Saskatchewan taxpayer money to the Philippines for disaster relief from Typhoon Haiyan.  On the other hand, the Sask Party and Wall are supporting disastrous environmental policies that greatly contribute to global warming, which causes natural disasters and increases their severity. This is clearly hypocritical.

Warmer oceans result in more intense storms. This may be the strongest typhoon to ever make landfall. After blaming the lack of action on global warming for fueling the typhoon, Philippine envoy Naderev Sano has gone on a hunger strike during United Nations climate talks until there is a meaningful outcome.

Saskatchewan should focus on energy conservation and commit itself to developing renewable energy resources. Saskatchewan should stop supporting the Keystone XL Pipeline, eliminate fossil fuel subsidies, eliminate coal-fired electricity, outlaw venting and flaring, ban fracking, phase out uranium mining, and switch to LEDs and better controllers for street lights. Whereas the government has been compensating for the effects of global warming, it should curb the causes of global warming.

Victor Lau - Leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan and Ashu Solo, CEO of Saskatoon Provincial Green Party Association

Organizations: Saskatchewan Party, Green Party

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Philippines

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