By Letter to the Editor on January 8, 2020.
Re: “Will common sense prevail over climate hysteria,” letter to the editor, Dec. 30.
What about the “hysteria” over big-monied businesses threatening to pack up their assets and relocate to Third World nations, if we don’t hand them even more corporate welfare cheques and further exemptions to already-weak environmental protections?
Canada’s governance system, similar enough to that of the U.S., is increasingly becoming a corpocracy, i.e. “a society dominated by politically and economically large corporations.”
I view corpocratic rule as that in which the two established conservative and neo-liberal parties more or less alternate in governance while habitually kowtowing to the interests of the very wealthy but especially big business’s crippling threats (whether implied or explicit) of a loss of jobs, capital investment and/or economic stability. Also, corporate representatives writing bills for governing representatives to vote for and have implemented, often enough word for word. This, of course, fails to mention, amongst other things, the corporate-welfare-cheque subsidies doled out annually to already very profitable corporations and the forgiveness of huge loan debts owed to taxpayers. Also, almost all of our information is still produced and/or shared with us by concentrated corporate-owned media.
Maybe we need some real “hysteria” directed towards the federal agenda still being foremostly predicated upon job creation and economic stimulation, however intangible when compared to the industrial destruction and max-exploitation of our natural environment and resources.
To mega-money-minded men, “practical” greenhouse-gas-reducing solutions will always be predicated on economic “reality,” the latter which is mostly created and entrenched according to fossil-fuel industry interests. Indeed, for a leader to try reworking this “reality” would seriously risk his/her own governance, however a landslide election victory he/she may have won.
Meanwhile, there’s discouragingly insufficient political will planet-wide to sufficiently address the immense environmental corruption and destruction at the hand of we reckless, greedy humans.
But, of course, there’s always plenty of ostrich syndrome to maintain it.
Frank Sterle Jr.
White Rock, B.C.