BC Carbon Output Now Dwarfing Tar Sands
by Ingmar Lee
August 21, 2018
As all these voracious fires devour the BC forest and our carbon footprint begins to dwarf that of the Alberta tar sands, British Columbians need to consider their own significant culpability in contributing to global heating.
Just as in Alberta, where "thou shalt not criticize, nor recognize tar sands contribution to the global climate change emergency," here in BC, "thou shalt not criticize, nor recognize the significant and direct responsibility of voracious industrial logging to rampant, cataclysmic forest fires."
Clearcutting the provincial forest on a massive scale, Big Timber strips off canopy shading, thereby utterly desiccating the former forest floor and surrounding edge forest.
The clearcutting allows for wind egress, accelerating ground fires into the edge forest, and from there, laddering fire right up into the fringe canopy. Clearcut-desiccated land accelerates the spread of fire!
In all the national gnashing of teeth over the BC forest fire emergency, I challenge anyone to show me any significant discussion on the direct culpability of Big Industrial Logging to this ongoing climatic disaster.
Ingmar Lee is a long-time, BC-based environmental defender. From the Nanaimo watershed and first-growth valley bottoms of Vancouver Island, to the nuclear plant-threatened coastline of India, and the threatened shores and Sandhill Crane nesting grounds of British Columbia’s mid-coast, Ingmar has advocated for and stood between an increasingly fragile ecosystem and the rapine destructiveness of big business and its government enablers.
Personal disclosure: I admit that I am not a scientist under the employ of BC's corporate logging industry, -such as every single ABCFP in the province- so WTF would I know about logging and its relationship to massive forest fires...?