So say a couple of scare-mongering Alberta doctors:
… two different modelling techniques (one from the Canadian Medical Association, and one from Environment Canada) showed dramatic health effects: 4,800 asthma days (missed work or school due to asthma), 700 hospital visits, 80 admissions, and approximately 100 deaths annually associated with coal-fired power emissions.
Not so fast, says Michelle Sterling (see also the Calgary Herald comment thread). One of many flaws and oversights in papers cited by the doctors immediately casts serious doubt on their argument:
… [There was no mention of] the greatest factor in air quality in Alberta. Wildfires. In 2011, wildfires dumped 1.9 million tonnes of toxic and carcinogenic human health problems on Albertans; coal-fired plants emitted just 1,800 tonnes of PM 2.5 (particulate matter) while powering warm homes and health solutions in clinics and hospitals across the province.
… [it is] implausible that Pembina’s math would end up attributing half the deaths of Albertans to fine particulate matter – or coal-fired power.
There’s much more in Michelle’s debating points, but that is a biggie.
The NHL says that climate change is real, and announces measures the league will take to fight it. They’re worried that the gradual disappearance of outdoor rinks might be detrimental to the game. And it probably will be. Less access t…
Andrew Bolt quizzes a panel of Australian scientists on the validity of climate change statements made by then Aussie PM Julia Gillard and Canuk climate crackpot David Suzuki:
Folks, a lot of confusion about stuff like climate change, evolution, and a whole bunch of other scientific issues lately! This article discusses how equal time is not really appropriate for a clearly false or uninformed position! The metaphor that a coin has two sides is a powerful one, and the temptation to look at […]
Greenpeace founder, Patrick Moore, gave an excellent Keynote Speech at ICCC9 in Vegas this morning. See the video here (12 – 40 minute marks).The whole conference is live-streamed here.
… His dad called it the National Energy Program, and claimed it was for national sovereignty reasons, or whatever excuse worked with the media of the day.
It’s 2014, so the excuse now is “the environment.”
Trudeau announced his plans for a carbon tax last year in Calgary — at the Petroleum Club no less. It was a shocking announcement — but not a single other media outlet reported it, except a brief mention on the Globe and Mail’s website. …
Bill Whittle with PJTV’s Trifecta:Recent evidence calls into question the accuracy of climate data, and every day, natural gas looks like a cleaner domestic alternative to Middle East oil. So why is the left promoting global warming and resisting th…
Folks, I have said many times in the past that Dick Cheney is one person who who actually scares me! I can’t say he is totally evil since I don’t believe in the devil, but there is something fundamentally NASTY about him! And, after the disasters he got the United States into during Bush’s term, […]
Peter Foster praises Aussie PM Tony Abbott and PM Harper for their “resistance to the economically destructive global climate agenda“:
… Mr. Harper pointed out that economically-damaging solutions were not supported by any government; it was just that Canada dared to be a little more “frank” about the issue. So, now, is Australia under Prime Minister Abbott.
… more good news in the proposal from Mr. Abbott, who has scrapped his country’s planned carbon tax, to try to put together a coalition of “centre right” governments that might turn the tide against climate hysteria.
… At every turn, nimble activists have outmanoeuvred the allegedly all-powerful oil companies, who have appeared both sluggish and defensive. Part of the ENGO success comes from framing themselves as David vs. the industrial Goliath (despite that big money lurking in the background). In fact, little David is a front for a power-seeking agenda which is supported by those global bureaucracies, such as the International Energy Agency and the International Monetary Fund.
… For anybody who suggests that this represents some paranoid view of a global conspiracy, no conspiracy is necessary. Bureaucrats do not need literally to conspire, that is, plot, any more than a pack of hunting animals needs to sit down and discuss tactics before descending on its prey.
So said Dr. Arnold Aberman in an excellent convocation speech in which he cited several recent instances of prominent people, like Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Condoleezza Rice, being prevented from speaking at convocations because of their “controversial” views. Dr. Aberman went on to cite four examples from science and medicine in which proponents of “controversial” new ideas that ran counter to prevailing “settled science” were ridiculed and shunned but were eventually vindicated and honoured. Dr. Aberman’s conclusions and advice:
… claiming “settled science” is a statement, not an argument. Truth is not discovered by voting. What is “settled science” today may be labelled a mistaken belief tomorrow.
You can’t learn in an echo chamber, welcoming only your ideas. Listen to those who you do not agree with – in fact, I urge, seek them out.
Oppose their theories with facts, not with censorship.
Be very suspicious of those who want to cut off debate with “this is against settled science.” Appealing to authority is a sign of weakness, not strength.
|Early China coal mine|
When it comes to global warming, coal is the biggest culprit in the warming of the earth.
China is taking giant strides to reduce its need for coal to generate energy by exploiting its vast shale gas reserves:
Although serious obstacles remain, China is finally making progress on tapping its vast shale gas reserves, which hold the promise of a new source of clean energy for the coal smoke-choked country.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, China holds the world’s largest reserves of technically recoverable shale gas in the world, 1,115 trillion cubic feet. That’s about 68 percent more than what the U.S. holds.But it has thus far been unable to unlock those reserves for a couple of reasons. First, it has taken time for Chinese oil and gas companies to acquire shale drilling expertise. And second, China’s shale is geologically different than what’s found in the U.S., which means China can’t easily use existing technology.
By 2017, China is aiming to lift natural gas consumption to 9 percent of total energy demand, up from 5.2 percent in 2013. China has already made some progress on that front, as natural gas only made up 4 percent of energy demand just two years ago … China has long been a voracious consumer of all commodities – except, notably, natural gas – so it could be on the verge of charting a future path that relies very heavily on natural gas.
Globe and Mail columnist Eric Reguly writes:
The ad in The New Yorker is pretty, if not quite arresting. The full-page photo on the inside back cover – prime real estate in the United States’ leading upmarket magazine… It is designed to convince influential Americans that the Keystone XL pipeline is environmentally safe, even desirable [the Horror!].
… What is clever about the ad is … the headline and the succinct lines of copy beneath it. They are slick pieces of propaganda – misleading without being outright lies. Of course, advertising is all about propaganda. But this ad is unconscionable because you, the Canadian taxpayer, paid for it.
… The second point is that there is nothing “environmentally responsible” about building new pipelines that would allow a huge expansion of the Alberta oil sands. More pipelines, more oil, more greenhouse gases.
With Canadians like Reguly, who needs enemies? In fact, such ridiculous whinging over a pro-Canadian-oil-industry ad puts Reguly in league with the eco-extremist enemies of Canadian oil-sands and pipelines.
Also, compared with the outright fabrications, funded in the many millions, by the scare-mongering enemies of Canadian oil sands and pipelines (eg. billionaire Obama-booster Tom Steyer) the $207,000 Canadian government ad is the epitome of forthrightness, honesty and frugality.
And, observations by Reguly such as these:
“… Canada’s Kyoto accord commitment. Canada bailed out of the accord in 2011, the only signatory country to do so.
… While the 17-per-cent target is intact, the chances of it being achieved are close to zero; even Environment Canada admits so. … because oil sands production is soaring. …”
… are positives, not the negatives he implies. Good for the government of Canada!
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 […]
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 […]