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General

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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Environment

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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General

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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Books

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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General

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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General

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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General

Human Achievement Hour

Posted March 29, 2014 by JR

Musn’t forget, celebrate human achievement:

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General

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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Energy

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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Books

The end is nigh! Repent!

Posted March 17, 2014 by JR

The National Post’s Ian Hunter gets sucked in by the latest doom-monger:

Elizabeth Kolbert — a staff writer at The New Yorker whose new book ‘The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History’ is likely to be one of the most-talked-about non-fiction books of the year.

A mass extinction that’s already underway and likely to be the most devastating since an asteroid struck the Earth and brought an end to dinosaurs. The difference this time is that we, humanity, are the asteroid….

it is not just climate change: We are cutting down the rain forests, acidifying the oceans, moving species around the world at breakneck speed and pumping out more carbon dioxide than the atmosphere can handle.[Actually, most of that is about climate change.]

it’s difficult to be sanguine in the face of the evidence she presents.

Hunter, a lawyer and journalist, is enthralled by the apocalyptic speculations of another journalist.

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Energy

Leftist “think tank” urges Obama to reject Keysone XL

Posted March 10, 2014 by JR

Globe and Mail:

… the Center for American Progress (CAP) challenged the assumption that the project would have little impact on the amount of future investment or production from Alberta’s carbon-intensive oil sector …

… CAP plays on the left side of Democratic Party policy making. Its founder and former chair is John Podesta, who is now serving as senior environmental adviser to President Obama

CAP’s director of climate strategy, Daniel Weiss, said Canadian optimism about a pending approval may be misplaced. He noted Secretary of State John Kerry will play a major role in the decision-making, and Mr. Kerry has ratcheted up his department’s activism on climate change since taking office.

Also on the CAP Board of Directors – climate alarmist billionaire and Obama cheerleader, Tom Steyer.  CAP is a big climate catastrophe booster that regularly produces junk science based propaganda like this

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CBC

Unethical collusion between the CBC and ROM

Posted February 7, 2014 by JR

Ezra Levant revisits the Royal Ontario Museum presentation of “The Trial of David Suzuki”, this time using memos and e-mails between the CBC, ROM and lobby groups funding the partisan anti-oil propaganda stunt to highlight their strange and unethical b…

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Bizarre/Oddities

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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Commentary

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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