Letter: Melting glaciers could have broader impacts

Dear Editor,

This responds to Mr. Tom Fletcher’s January 3 article: “Wishful Thinking.”

Dear Mr. Fletcher,

I enjoy reading your opinions but disagree with most of them. Your comments on Climate Change are interesting. But unhelpful.

May I provide a Climate Change example that could/will have social and economic consequences in Golden?

The Blaeberry Valley has glaciers at the head of it. Normally these glaciers grow in the winter and melt in the summer. When they melt they even out the river’s flow. They have been—and are—rapidly melting due to warmer summers and milder winters.

Scientists from the University of Calgary are assessing how fast this melt is happening and have recently sounded the alarm over a new factor. The past two hot summers have been dominated by large forest fires that have deposited layers of ash on the glaciers.

Clean ice reflects sunlight. Ash-covered ice absorbs sunlight—and accelerates the melt.

Many families now live or vacation in the Blaeberry Valley.

Nearly all will have a shallow well as their water supply. When melted away, glaciers will no longer function to “even” the river’s flow. A hot dry summer could cause the un-replenished groundwater to drop and some—or many—of those wells could go dry.

Drinking water may have to be hauled.

Septic systems may not function properly.

Rafting might prove undoable.

After several such summers—which are foreseeable—property values would fall and land investments could lose value.

So what can the individual do? I am saving money to buy an electric car.

That will decouple me from fossil fuels, pipelines, oil spills, and irresponsible corporations.

I will enjoy the birds and other animals that will certainly show their appreciation.


Ralph van Drielen

Golden, B.C.

Just Posted

Kootenay-Columbia MP talks throne speech, USMCA trade deal

Rob Morrison to open constituency office in Cranbrook at 800C Baker St. on Dec. 19

Kootenay-Columbia MP reacts to leader’s surprise resignation

The resignation of Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer caught members of his caucus by surprise

White Hatter educates students and parents on digital safety

On Tuesday, December 10, the White Hatter, an organization dedicated to educating… Continue reading

Town presents third quarter bylaw statistics

At last Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, the Town presented their bylaw statistics… Continue reading

Golden father shares his passion about home made hockey rink

‘It’s definitely one of the best investments I’ve ever made for my kid’

‘Not a decision I came to lightly:’ Scheer to resign as Conservative leader

Decision comes after weeks of Conservative infighting following the October election

‘British Columbians are paying too much’: Eby directs ICBC to delay rate application

Attorney General David Eby calls for delay in order to see how two reforms play out

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Couple who bought $120k banana duct-taped to wall say artwork will be ‘iconic’

Pair compared it to Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans,’ which was initially ‘met with mockery’

Race to replace Andrew Scheer could be a crowded one

Many familiar faces, such as Maxime Bernier, Jason Kenney, Doug Ford and Kevin O’Leary, have said no

Owner surrenders dogs chained up outside among scrap metal, garbage to BC SPCA

Shepherd-breed dogs were living in ‘deplorable conditions.’

B.C. plane crash victim identified; witnesses describe ‘explosion’

He was a flight instructor, charter pilot and owned an airstrip before leaving Alberta

Most Read