If you were heartened by the benefits of runaway climate change to Greenland's 50,000 beleaguered souls, you'll be glad to know that the Arctic's doom will likewise be the salvation of Churchill, Manitoba (population 1,110). Here's local luminary Darren Ottoway, explaining the hard facts the rest of us are missing:
You know, nature's going to respond to global warming. It'll adapt on its own. What global warming really represents is an economic issue. That's really what it is. How do we adapt to changing weather and climate? And how do we capitalize on that economic opportunity? And this is really, I think, where we're going to come ahead of the game because we're not looking at it as being a negative impact. It has a lot of positive impacts.I'm certain that nature will respond to global warming. But there's no reason to assume that this response will be comfortable, or even survivable, for us. The idea that the world's loss could somehow be Churchill's gain involves a degree of smug alienation that I can't even begin to fathom; civic boosterism in response to Arctic meltdown is Babbittry on an almost cosmic scale, and it reaffirms that money is to mediocrities what glue traps are to mice.
Although I've often complained about the left-wing tendency to long for an environmental apocalypse in much the same way that fundamentalists long for the Rapture, I do understand the desire to see these vexing arguments settled once and for all. Obviously, I'd prefer not to have humanity wiped out (or even made to suffer so much as a stubbed toe, honestly). But if a global catastrophe must happen, there's some cold comfort to be had in the thought that it'll permanently knock the dollar signs from the eyes of people like Darren Ottoway.