Re: “‘Conditions this early in the season are unprecedented', says Blair, and MPs say ridings dealing with 'frightening' wildfires are opening their hearts to evacuees,” (The Hill Times, June 5, p. 18). This is a disaster, a fossil fuel disaster. Canada is now on fire and the billions to deal with this crisis are yet another subsidy to the fossil fuel industry. The cost of this crisis is incalculable: fighting the fires, evacuations, health consequences, loss of forests, and damage to homes and other property. Taxpayers will have to cover these costs now and as they grow far into the future. Even private insurance will be exhausted as the cost of rebuilding escalates. How do the massive profits of the fossil fuel industry fit into this picture? Yet Canada continues to provide billions to support the production of fossil fuels, funding questionable technologies like carbon capture and underwriting risky bank loans to support the ballooning costs of the Trans Mountain pipeline. Where is the phaseout of fossil fuels? Industry and government must work together to end this madness, not make more fuel for the fire. Disaster is inevitable when society revolves around profit and conspiracy theories, rather than understanding science and the physical principles controlling our world. Despite the efforts of scientists, who have tried hard to provide the true facts to the public, industry has used its massive profits to fund propaganda to convince people to believe their lies and deny climate change. Climate change is now writ large in burning images of fires across Canada. We must do everything possible to mitigate the damage that climate change is doing, not just to us, but to the rest of Earth's inhabitants. But Canada must first clean up its own house. Even though we are a small country we have, in the past, punched above our weight internationally. Canada was an environmental leader—think about the Montreal Protocol that saved the ozone layer—and we could do it again. Tom McElroy Toronto, Ont.