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Only with political will can we avoid the worst of climate change

Posted April 22, 2014 by David Suzuki

It’s fitting that the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report was released during Earth Month. After all, the third chapter of its Fifth Assessment focuses on ways to keep our planet healthy and livable by warding off extreme climatic shifts and weather events caused by escalating atmospheric carbon.

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Another slow news day – so let’s stoke the climate scare

Posted April 21, 2014 by JR

Vancouver Sun, front page, above the fold:

VANCOUVER — British Columbia Environment Ministry staff have warned their minister that the province’s dreamed-of liquefied natural gas industry poses some big challenges with greenhouse gas emissions.
… Internal briefing notes prepared for Environment Minister Mary Polak … single out methane emissions for concern.
emissions remain a hurdle for the provinces, which has legislated targets for reductions. Legislation dictates that emissions are to be reduced by at least a third below 2007 levels by 2020. …
 Okay, I know that politics demands that Ms Polak at least nod in the direction of the climate hysterics, but it’s long past time to be realistic.

Even IF there’s a chance that “warming” is a problem, and it’s a mighty big IF, nothing that BC (or Canada) does to limit GHGs (even limiting them to absolute zero) will have any measurable effect on global climate.  The mere increase in China’s annual emissions is enough to swamp Canada’s (and 10 times BC’s) entire annual output.  Then there’s India.  Then there’s the rest of the developing world.  Then …

Polak’s (or her eco-bureaucrats’) apparent concerns are a drop in Canada’s bucket and the world’s ocean of emissions.   It is not worth the sacrifice of one BC job to pursue what are at best symbolic gestures towards avoiding that big, remote IF.

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Suzuki calls for “a war on cars”

Posted April 19, 2014 by JR

there is no war on cars — but there should be:

… We can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by cutting back on car use, choosing fuel-efficient vehicles, joining a car pool or sharing program and reducing speed. …

Hands up, how many think that Suzuki would actually do any of that himself?

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Now the Green Gestapo are coming after your meatballs

Posted April 19, 2014 by JR

James Delingpole:IKEA … are considering changing the recipe of their most popular food line – meatballs – in order to help save the world from global warming:… “On methane…we are aware of the meat issue with greenhouse gases. We are looking at a…

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Shocking new phenomenon: HuffPo admits global cooling

Posted April 18, 2014 by JR

James Delingpole:Scientists believe they have discovered a near-unprecedented phenomenon – rarer, more elusive and mysterious than even the God Particle: an article in The Huffington Post on the subject of the environment and climate change which doe…

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The origins of the conservative temperament

Posted April 15, 2014 by JR

In an excerpt from his new book, “Enlightment 2.0″, Joseph Heath gives two examples illustrating the “hubris of modern rationalism”, saying:… the conservative temperament was born, as a defence of tradition against the tendency of Enlightenment rati…

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Brian’s green blarney

Posted April 12, 2014 by JR

Peter Foster:

Brian Mulroney’s speech earlier this week to Canada 2020 – a “progressive” group of PR/government advisory types who pretend to chart the country’s future – presumably involved walking a fine pipeline.

…  he leavened his recommendations with an attack on Mr. Harper’s leadership on energy and climate issues.

shouldn’t the man who dismantled the National Energy Program be a little more skeptical about grand strategies?

…  it was Mr. Mulroney, by his early promotion of climate catastrophe, and his cuddling up to the subversive issue of sustainable development, who in many ways created the bed of policy nails on which Mr. Harper is forced to lie.

… Mr. Mulroney promoted the kinds of toxic policies with whose consequences Mr. Harper has had to struggle, accusing our current PM of lack of vision amounts go to green gall in more ways than one.

Buzz off Brian, you’ve had your chance.  And, haven’t you heard, it’s exceedingly bad form to bad-mouth a fellow Prime Minister.

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Global warming alarmists try to reposition fear as fact

Posted April 4, 2014 by JR

… The key climate science question for policymakers and citizens is not whether anthropogenic global warming is real but whether, in Al Gore’s wordsclimate change is “a planetary emergency — a crisis that threatens the survival of civilization and the habitability of the Earth.” The climate alarm narrative was not a “fact” in 1991 and certainly is not today.

Mounting evidence indicates that the climate is substantially less sensitive (reactive) to greenhouse gas emissions than “consensus” science had assumed. … the climate trilogy of terror – ocean circulation collapse, rapid ice sheet disintegration, and runaway climate change (the methane “bomb”) – has far less scientific plausibility today than it did in 1991.

Gore and other climate campaigners have been trying for decades to reposition fear as fact. Their j’accuse directed at skeptics is Orwellian.

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Human Achievement Hour

Posted March 29, 2014 by JR

Musn’t forget, celebrate human achievement:

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Jim Balsillie at the Vancouver Globe conference

Posted March 28, 2014 by JR

Fittingly, on the eve of Earth Hour, Vancouver hosted the 2014 Globe Series conference which featured such liberal luminaries as Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and former BlackBerry co-CEO Jim Balsillie.

Peter Foster reports:

… on Wednesday, Mr. Balsillie brought some of sustainability’s cloudcuckooland notions down to Vancouver’s Globe, which is itself traditionally a combination of eco guiltfest and sustainability huckstering. … 

… the former co-head of Blackberry Ltd., gave an example of how green policy could be good for business…. Just look at how well South Korea’s Samsung had done out of Ontario’s Green Energy Act.

… Balsillie’s bizarre suggestions wouldn’t be quite so frightening if the Conservatives had not last year appointed Mr. Balsillie to chair Sustainable Development Technology Canada, a boondoggle created by the Liberals to invest in clean tech. … The Conservatives’ choice of Mr. Balsillie appeared a little strange, even by the standards of Byzantium on the Rideau. He is not only a dyed-in the-wool liberal, but founder of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, CIGI, a think tank that supports UN dreams of global governance. …

One would think that Balsillie, whose governance of BlackBerry led that company into oblivion, would show less enthusiasm for global governance. On the other hand that’s one of those things that helps define him as a “died-in-the-wool liberal”.

Thanks for attending, Peter, so that I didn’t have to (I went to the International Auto Show next door instead).

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EU climate policy enabled Russian blackmail

Posted March 26, 2014 by JR

Peter Foster:

… Russia’s strategic strength in Europe springs (apart from its willingness to use force) from the fact that the EU has been asleep at the energy policy switch, blinded by its climate obsessions.

… Europe’s commitment to green energy has been not merely expensive and disruptive – without measurable impact on climate – it has left the EU comprehensively exposed to Russian blackmail.

…While Russia was flexing its muscles, Europe was fretting about controlling the weather a century hence….

On the bright side, maybe Canadian energy exports will help rescue the EU: 

… Europeans realize that the Canadian government is more than eager to promote exports of both oil and gas, …

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Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Posted January 29, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

Traffic inches along the connector of Interstate’s 75 and 85 as snow blankets Metro Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28, 2014 as seen from the Pryor Street overpass. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is preparing to declare a state of emergency as a winter storm coats the region with snow and ice. State transportation officials said […]

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Polar vortex moving on, but deep freeze persists across much of Canada!

Posted January 9, 2014 by Allan W Janssen

The polar vortex may be saying its goodbyes today, but for many Canadians, the bitter deep freeze isn’t going anywhere just yet. Southern Ontario is starting to see some relief today after enduring some severe cold and wind chills from the polar vortex over the past few days. Temperatures in the -20s Celsius and wind […]

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