With most Canadians looking forward to the end of this year’s wildfire season—the worst on record—the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in Nelson, B.C., will feature guest speaker John Vaillant, author of Fire Weather. Vaillant’s book affirms the culpability of the fossil-fuel sector in creating the conditions that make wildfires more likely, along with other extreme weather events we are seeing globally. On Sept. 15, the Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike to End Fossil Fuels took place in cities around the world, including in New York, Ottawa, and Nelson, B.C. In a feature CBC article recently, Dr. John Pomeroy explained the effect of accelerated global warming on the retreat of glaciers in Banff National Park and around the world. As an almost absurd contrast, Reuters posted a critiqued article about claims made by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers that with new emissions-reduction technology oil and gas production can increase and yet reduce emissions. There was no mention of what happens at the burning end of the consumption cycle. These are strange days, indeed. Ron Robinson Nelson, B.C.