Canada will not go to the Paris climate change talks with a new target, or a concrete framework to reduce carbon emissions, according to Catherine McKenna, the minister for the environment and climate change.
What?? You snivelling neanderthal knuckle dragging anti environmental, climate change denying, selling out of the future of our children, ruining the planet, ice cap melting, atmosphere polluting conservat…….oh wait……She’s a Liberal. Nevermind…Nothing to see here.
CBC changed the headline from the original, probably to protect the Environment Minister. Seems softer now not connecting her to Harper’s targets.
How bad is this?
Well let’s do the math. By comparison, the worst oil spill in history was during the Gulf War in Kuwait and it was 240 to 336 MILLION Gallons. At 3.78 Liters per Gallon the worst case scenario for the oil spill was just shy of 1.3 BILLION Litres.
So Oil Spill of 1.3Billion Liters is bad. But Raw Sewage spill of 8 Billion Litres is ok.
Well done Minister for the Environment, Catherine McKenna. Your first week on the job and you are already making a massive impact on the environment. Too bad it’s in the wrong direction.
Talk about being OfficiallyScrewed!!!
the pine tree planted in 2004 near Griffith Observatory in memory of George Harrison will be replanted shortly because the original tree died as the result of an insect infestation.
Yes, the George Harrison Tree was killed by beetles
And here we had everyone threatening global warming was going to melt the ice caps by the summer of 2013. Well lo and behold, they are actually growing.
A chilly Arctic summer has left 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 29 per cent.
The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the BBC reported that global warming would leave the Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013.
Instead, days before the annual autumn re-freeze is due to begin, an unbroken ice sheet more than half the size of Europe already stretches from the Canadian islands to Russia’s northern shores.
We all have heard some environazi site cow farts as a major cause of methane gas and by extension global warming/climate change.
Well the answer is not to decrease the amount of livestock out there, but to increase it and rotate it. This speech on the TED network is awe inspiring and could be part of the biggest change in the greening of our planet (and by extension) create carbon sinks that keep the left happy, create lush green pastures and forests that make gun owning hunters happy, and reverse the desertification of the planet.
I am no friend to the environmental movement, but I am all for more beef cattle roaming the planet. Just watch this 20 minute video. You will be amazed at the change that can be made by livestock mimicking nature.
So what’s the answer? Eat meat and save the planet.
I read this article and immediately got sick to my stomach.
Most alarmingly, the (plastic bag) industry has highlighted news reports linking reusable shopping bags to the spread of disease. Like this one, from the Los Angeles Times last May: “A reusable grocery bag left in a hotel bathroom caused an outbreak of norovirus-induced diarrhea and nausea that struck nine of 13 members of a girls’ soccer team in October, Oregon researchers reported Wednesday.” The norovirus may not have political clout, but evidently it, too, is rooting against plastic bags.
Warning of disease may seem like an over-the-top scare tactic, but research suggests there’s more than anecdote behind this industry talking point. In a 2011 study, four researchers examined reusable bags in California and Arizona and found that 51 percent of them contained coliform bacteria. The problem appears to be the habits of the reusers. Seventy-five percent said they keep meat and vegetables in the same bag. When bags were stored in hot car trunks for two hours, the bacteria grew tenfold.
That study also found, happily, that washing the bags eliminated 99.9 percent of the bacteria. It undercut even that good news, though, by finding that 97 percent of people reported that they never wash their bags.
Can we finally just admit that fresh plastic bags is the safe, sanitary way to transport the stuff we put into our children’s mouths??
Even George Carlin knows that a little bit of plastic is NOT going to have much of an effect on the planet.
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released over 150 emails that show both President Obama and Vice President Biden were applying pressure big time. Here are some quotes.
“I am growing increasingly worried about a fast track process imposed on us at the POTUS level based on this chaotic process that we are undergoing…by designing the fast track process and having it approved at the POTUS level (which is an absolute waste of his time!) it legitimizes every element and it becomes embedded like the 55% recovery rate which also was imposed by POTUS.”
“You better let him know that WH wants to move Abound forward. Policy will have to wait unless they have a specific policy problem with abound.”
“Pressure is on real heavy on SF [Shepherds Flat] due to interest from VP.”
The whole story is just coming out but it can’t be good for the Obama/Biden ticket.
Methinks the American taxpayer got OfficiallyScrewed.
Here’s my imitation of an environmentalist and an environmentalist lawyer.
“wahhhh wahhhhhhh wahhhhhhhh”
And the news of new guidelines for environmental reviews couldn’t come soon enough for me.
OfficiallyAWESOME move Mr. Oliver.
On Friday, Dalton McGuinty’s Liberals decided to put a moratorium on offshore wind projects. I thought a lot about this over the weekend and commented to friends that it is possibly the beginning of the coming landslide in the green energy kybosh which may be the only thing that saves the provincial liberals from a rout in the October 2011 elections.
Then I read this article in the Toronto Star.
In particular this section.
Offshore applications to date make up only a handful of the many hundreds received so far, and the government’s terse news release pointed out that none have been built. Queen’s Park is pulling the plug until “further scientific research is conducted.”
But the reality is that public opinion research, rather than scientific research, is driving the government’s agenda these days. A number of Liberal ridings are being buffeted by wind turbine troubles, notably the Scarborough seat held by Energy Minister Brad Duguid.
The premier likes to boast in his speeches about Ontario’s groundbreaking renewable energy policies and his focus on good government. He has long resisted NIMBYism, and his ministers are known to mock them as BANANAs — Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything. But with an election coming, his new priority is putting out political fires — most recently by nixing the gas-fired power plant in Oakville that threatened another Liberal seat.
The opposition is profiting from the anti-wind movement, with many MPPs stirring it up in their ridings at every opportunity. Most of the huffing and puffing is directed against onshore wind farms, which face a 550-metre setback. Offshore turbines, by contrast, faced a five-kilometre setback — virtually out of sight, but by no means out of mind.
So what does this mean?
Well it means that they cancelled a tiny portion of wind, primarily on Lake Ontario, to save Brad Duguid’s Scarborough seat by cancelling wind turbine projects that have to be 5km from shore but it leaves the countless wind farms that only have to be 550 meters from a neighbour’s property. If health was truly the cause of the cancellation, then they would have cancelled the ones that are potentially closer to people. But a) this would affect the bulk of the programs and b) it would not help save Brad Duguid’s job. And since Duguid is now the face of Green Energy in Ontario, it would be a devastating loss and hit to the Green Energy Act if he was unseated.
So rural farmers who make up the bulk of the current wind farms (and their neighbours who make up the bulk of the neighbours of wind farms) get the shaft.
Sound familiar? Well it should. You see back on July 2nd, McGuinty also cut the rates for lucrative 10kW MicroFIT solar projects that were ground based from 80.2 cents per kWh to 64.2 pretty much making them unviable. Yet he left the rooftop installations at 80.2 cents per kWh. The reason they sited was that the ground based installations were cheaper. But they were wrong. The ground based systems need heavy ballasting, far longer trenches, potentially new hydro poles, transformers etc depending on the location. Whereas rooftop systems have all that readily available. and simply connect up to the power near your home meter.
So he slaps the rural community on July 2nd and tells them they can’t really take part in solar and now he slaps them again by telling them Scarborough resident’s health is in jeopardy when they are 5km from an installation but farmers that are potentially 550 meters from a windfarm are not at the same risk. Can we say OfficiallyScrewed?
The ONLY thing that would make this windfarm situation right is if he puts a hold on all ONSHORE windfarm projects as well.