Fort McMurray’s 88,000 Climate Refugees, Climate Casino


Fort McMurray’s 80,000 Climate Refugees (now 88,000):
Fort Mac Alberta Lucks Out In Climate Casino

Don’t get me wrong. I empathize with the people from Fort McMurray.  Many lost their homes and memories.  I also empathize with the people of Houston that had waterworld a few weeks ago.  And with the people in India who have endured massive fires for a month.  And with the millions that will starve to death because the coral reefs are dying and can no longer support biodiversity and the 25% of the worlds fish that live on them.

Should I go on? I could go on for hours. Even days…

We have a global climate change emergency on our plates. As soon as the public recognizes this then governments will be forced to act. The sooner the better…

Fort McMurray’s 80,000 Climate Refugees // Published on May 4, 2016

Fort McMurray was incinerated in a wildfire creating 80,000 climate refugees overnight. As tragic as this fire was, it is just one more city being destroyed in our climate change casino. Every city on our planet is vulnerable. Governments must do the right thing and declare a global climate change emergency.

FYI, US Presidential Candidate ‘Bernie Sander’s News Channel‘ showed my video from today!

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Fort Mac Alberta Lucks Out In Climate Casino // Published on May 4, 2016

Yet another city gets destroyed in our global climate change casino. A few weeks ago it was Houston drowning.  This week it is Fort McMurray, Alberta being destroyed.  Next week it could be your city or mine…

In the above video titled “Fort McMurray’s 80,000 Climate Refugees”, I explained why we are in a global climate change emergency. Here I elaborate.

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On October 24, 2013 I wrote ‘Are Alberta’s Tar Sands prepared for a torrential rain event?‘, which examine the risk of the Alberta tar sands being flooded out by a torrential rain event, exacerbated by abrupt climate change…

I will need to revisit threats to this region, and analyze the flammability of the tailings ponds and the bitumen extraction regions, including the trees that are clear-cut, the peat that is scraped away and the underlying bitumen, which is like asphalt.  Natural gas, which is >90% methane is highly flammable and is used to melt the bitumen, which is mixed with dilutants (also flammable). A disaster waiting to happen…

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Paul asked for HumptyDumptyTribe to have the last word (dk):


About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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3 Responses to Fort McMurray’s 88,000 Climate Refugees, Climate Casino

  1. Many people will argue that now is not the time to discuss global warming and climate change. But it’s precisely the right time!

    The climate irony is inescapable.


  2. Situation is dire. Our leaders are ignoring serious consequences of our fate, and planet.


  3. Nemesis says:

    @Paul Beckwith

    I like the term “climate casino”, because it hits the nail and mirrors the economic system:

    Climate casino mirrors the casino of Wall Street ect- until:

    Rien ne va plus.


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