Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Future of U.S. Canada Relations?

From The Age of Consequences: The Foreign Policy and National Security Implications of Global Climate Change:

Tensions will increase between the United States and Canada, including clashes over fishing rights on both coasts. Two-thirds of Canadians rely on the Great Lakes (a relatively small watershed). Water levels are projected to decline by up to one foot in this century, attributable to increased evaporation, coupled with population growth. If the United States decides to divert water from the Great Lakes to compensate for the effects of climate change, the makings are in place for a fundamental clash of interests with Canada. There will also be an entirely new set of problems relating to navigation and resource rights, as the result of the opening of a northwest passage.

The passage concludes:

It cannot be excluded that Canada’s tensions with the United States will play into domestic issues affecting the stability of Canada itself: most notably, the western provinces’ new role as oil exporter.

...meaning, I suppose, that should it come to a U.S./Canada scuffle, who knows whose side Alberta will take?

This is one of the likely scenarios under "severe climate change". All in all a pretty grim read. One of the authors, incidentally, is John Podesta.

6 comments:

Ti-Guy said...

...meaning, I suppose, that should it come to a U.S./Canada scuffle, who knows whose side Alberta will take?

Some of you should start making a list of potential traitors toot sweet, which you will be forced to hand over to the authorities when (or just before) The War Measures Act is invoked.

You could start with the CanWest/Global organisational chart and go from there.

Dante said...

I assume you Liberal lovers will defer to the UN and wait their ruling before taking any kind of action other than fellating the enemy.

bigcitylib said...

No, Dante, we'll launch a pre-emptive strike against America, and take Florida, Cal., NYC, and Washington State before they can come after us. The South we'll give back to the Mexicans.

Ti-Guy said...

I assume you Liberal lovers will defer to the UN and wait their ruling before taking any kind of action other than fellating the enemy.

Are you kidding? And pass up the chance to strangle invaders with my bare hands?

You can fellate them, Dainty. Just don't worry about the teeth.

Woman at Mile 0 said...

ha ha ti-guy....."CanWest/Global organizational chart"
funny it rings so strangely logical

Anonymous said...

This is hilarious. You think 'global warming' is a political issue. It is, in fact, a scientific issue. And the blaming of GW on man is an outright fraud.