Danielle Smith says 500 of 650 Alberta wildfires were started by humans, not ‘climate change’ – LifeSite

CALGARY, Alberta (LifeSiteNews) — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith recently asserted that the overwhelming majority of wildfires in the province were started by humans and not “climate change.”

During an August 14 interview with CTV News, when asked if climate change is the cause of the unusually rampant wildfire season in Alberta this year, Smith pointed out that 500 of the 650 wildfires occurring in the province are of human origin. 

“All I know is in my province we have 650 fires and 500 of them were human caused,” she said, “so we have to make sure that when people know that when it’s dry out there and we get into forest fire season, that they’re being a lot more careful because anytime you end up with an ignition that happens, it can have devastating consequences.” 

CTV News interviewer Omar Sachedina pressed, “So do you think that a connection is possible between climate change and the wildfires we’ve been seeing?” 

“Wildfire season happens every single year,” Smith responded. “It’s going to continue happening every single year, and we have to make sure that we’re managing and mitigating and making sure that we educate the public about the role that they play in causing those fires. And then, also on a separate stream, working on a 2050 emissions reduction target.” 

Sachedina’s questions come as Smith has recently announced the province will reject the Trudeau government’s proposed net-zero regulations planned for 2035.  

“The draft federal 2035 net-zero power grid regulations are unconstitutional, irresponsible and do not align with Alberta’s emissions reduction and energy development plan that works towards a carbon-neutral power grid by 2050,” she wrote in a recent statement.   

Smith stated that the proposed regulations “would endanger the reliability of Alberta’s power grid and cause massive increases in Albertans’ power bills.” 

Similarly, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe denounced the proposed plan to move to “clean electricity,” promising to place Saskatchewan people first.   

The Trudeau government’s current environmental goals – in lockstep with the United Nations’ “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” – include phasing out coal-fired power plants, reducing fertilizer usage, and curbing natural gas use over the coming decades.     

The reduction and eventual elimination of the use of so-called “fossil-fuels” and a transition to unreliable “green” energy has also been pushed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) – the globalist group behind the socialist “Great Reset” agenda – an organization which Trudeau and some of his cabinet are involved.      

While Trudeau’s plan has been pushed under the guise of “sustainability,” his intention to decrease nitrous oxide emissions by limiting the use of fertilizer has been criticized by farmers. They say this will reduce profits and could even lead to food shortages.   

Moreover, experts are warning that the Trudeau government’s new “clean fuel” regulations, which come into effect next year, will cost Canadian workers  – many of whom are already struggling under decades-high inflation rates – an average $1,277 extra annually.     

In recent months, the Trudeau government and mainstream media outlets have blamed the unusually rampant fires across the country on “climate change” to allow for further regulations on natural resources to be put in place. 

However, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have arrested arsonists who have been charged with lighting fires across the country, including in the Yukon, British Columbia, and Alberta. 

In Quebec, satellite footage also showed the mysterious simultaneous eruption of several blazes across the province, sparking concerns that the fires were a coordinated effort by arsonists. 

In June, Smith pledged to hire outside arson investigators to determine why some 175 wildfires that have raged across the vast expanse of the province in recent weeks have “no known cause at the moment.”  

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