Predictable Floods

What bothers me most about the Calgary flood of 2013 is the assumption of victimhood, as though none of this was predictable and there was nothing that could be done to prevent it.

Climate scientists warned for decades of the dire consequences of greenhouse gas emissions. What did Calgarians do? Burn the tar sands as fast as possible.

The 2005 flood was a major warning. Did they reinforce the infrastructure? Only a little. Now tornadoes are coming, as predicted.

Finally rich Calgarians built right on the edges of the rivers. That was just plain stupid. Other cities such as Edmonton and Winnipeg reserve those fragile banks as parkland.

Canadians have traditionally been happy to lend a hand in a natural disaster, but I don’t know how much longer they will want to bail out Calgarians from their wilful stupidity.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)