Re: “Climate adaptation: act now or pay later,” (editorial, The Hill Times, July 10). What happened to polluter pays? The climate is changing disastrously. The scientific basis for this has been known for almost 200 years. It is largely to do with the release of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels. The health, economic, environmental, and social impacts are only too clear, except to those who continue to profit from the fossil fuel industry. The editorial calls for even larger new (government?) investments to address this crisis. But where are the deep pockets that can fund this need? Where are the culprits who deliberately lied our society into this disaster? The fossil fuel industry says society cannot continue without oil and gas. An argument in their interests only. There are other sources of energy and there are other technologies available for the transition to a survivable future. Mark Carney warned years ago about the stranded assets of the fossil fuel industry. Canada, more than most countries, should be listening (Alberta, are you there?) since we are selling heavy oil—the least desirable type—we have the most to lose by backing a vanishing commodity. The industry understands the reality of climate change and has done a lot to prepare for the phase-out of fossil fuels, but they are deliberately squeezing more money out of the public through government subsidies to benefit themselves. It is the band on the Titanic—enjoying the last few bars at the expense of our society, our future generations and the peoples of developing nations. Canada ponied up billions of dollars as a sop to the oil barons by completing the Trans-Mountain Pipeline, which the industry said would save it and make billions by selling tar to China. Now they say they can’t afford the fees needed to pay back the government-incurred debt. It is clear they are not running a business, but something more like a Ponzi scheme. If industry wants to survive the next decade they have to start being part of the solution. The bottom line is that industry and its investors must now pay their share—an overwhelming one—to address the climate crisis and their criminal deceit. Tom McElroyToronto, Ont.