Scheer cartoon wonderfully ironic

Beware of Scheer’s simplistic “cut the tax” ploy for votes.

Scheer cartoon wonderfully ironic

I loved the irony of the subtle Andrew Scheer cartoon today (Jan. 9).

The portrayal of him as a dinosaur is especially ironic while he tries the old political ploy of promising to repeal a tax, in this case, a revenue neutral tax that has been shown (here in B.C.) to help cut greenhouse gas production while stimulating the economy.

The tax is on “FOSSIL” fuels but is given back in other credits (at least here in B.C.).

The dinosaur image is ironic, because fossil fuels, are so called because they contain carbon removed from the air by plants around the time of the dinosaurs and “fossilized” into coal, gas, and crude.

This carbon was removed from the atmosphere, of course, at a time when the earth was much warmer and wetter, much of Alberta was an inland sea (or marsh).

The “Scheer-o-saur” and his fellow science-deniers are unwittingly driving us into more weather extremes of drought, fire, flood, and, as the cartoon rightly points out, rising sea-levels; in short, back to the time of the dinosaur.

As the late, great comedian, George Carlin once said (paraphrasing), “The Earth’ll be fine, folks it isn’t going anywhere. WE are!”

If you have children (or property on or near the oceanfront) beware of Scheer’s simplistic “cut the tax” ploy for votes.

Peter Lake

Duncan/North Cowichan

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