The Notley government is going to save our communities from deadly climate change. Aren’t you all relieved?
Notley told reporters in a press conference Tuesday that as part of her plan to save us from climate change, she is working on the Flat Top Complex Wildfire Review Recommendations. That review was done in 2012 after the Slave Lake fire claimed a third of that Boreal forest town.
Number 4 of the Flat Top Complex Review recommendations reads:
“Accelerate fuel management treatments near communities in forested areas that are at risk from wildfires. Priority should be given to thinning or conversion of coniferous stands, particularly black spruce, which threaten community developments forest management.”
In the NDP’s spring budget there was a $5.3 million direct cut to forest fire preparation, prevention and mitigation. Cutting the programs that do the work specifically mentioned in the Flat Top Complex Report doesn't seem like Notley was working through the recommendations.
Oh. And another thing: fires aren't climate change. They are the result of fire suppression and bad forest management.
The cause of the Fort Mac fire hasn't been determined. Was it lightning? A cigarette butt? A spark from an ATV exhaust? Or the angry hand of Mother Gaia smiting Alberta because four hippies danced around a campfire to bucket drums and cast a spell? We don't know yet.
But it wasn't climate change.