Re: "Unexciting federal budget a flimsy smokescreen for climate capitulation," (The Hill Times, Susan Riley, April 11). Here we are in an existential battle for the survival of civilization on this planet and our governments continue to play small-beer politics. The provinces are supporting their local cash cows while ignoring climate change. The federal government plays political games by trying to placate two provincial governments and produce some concept of fairness in the face of a looming climate disaster. Newfoundland has already felt the cold hand of climate change with the destruction of the Trans-Canada highway and Alberta has seen droughts and fires. So Newfoundland and Labrador gets its oil field so Trudeau can pander to Alberta. What about the majority of Canadians in Ontario and Quebec who understand the need to deal with climate change? Does a province that legislated against green energy deserve the bones the feds is throwing its way when it could do almost as well with green energy? Logically, if we need to have fossil fuel supplies in the near future, it may make more sense to fund the development in Newfoundland, and shutter the tar sands, considering the cost of CCS, the greater GHG production and the consequential environmental destruction. Alberta is the most blessed province in Canada for developing green energy; wind power, solar, geothermal, hydro and pumped-hydro energy storage, are all there for the taking and the federal government will provide strong support. Rachel Notley already proved it can work. But, right after the announcement of Canadas climate change plan, what are the fossil fuel folks doing? Still trying it on. Suncor is selling off its renewable investments to back more tarsands development. Think buggy whips. And is it ever in your face. Leaving a lasting legacy of environmental disaster for Canada and Alberta, one that international energy investors will drop into the taxpayer slap when the time comes. Rather than continuing to bail out two provinces trying cling to a dying industry, Canada should plan for strong, unifying investments across the country that support the international action needed to confront the climate change emergency. Tom McElroy Professor emeritus York University Toronto, Ont.