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1 hour ago, Jaydee said:

If that's the best you could find, the 'verdict' in the article contradicts your position...

Verdict

Mr Newman’s implication that discrepancies resulting from the recent climate fluctuation somehow invalidates climate models is incorrect.

Climate models have been thoroughly and critically tested against observations and are able to simulate with fair accuracy the component of climate change caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols as well as natural factors like solar variations and volcanic eruptions.

However, long-term climate simulations do not and likely never will reproduce the timing of shorter-term random fluctuations, like the recent slowdown in surface temperatures. In the long run, this fluctuation, like many before, will just be noise on a gradually increasing temperature signal.

That the discrepancy is a “well-kept secret” is demonstrably false given the large number of scientific papers discussing and trying to explain exactly this issue.

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Interesting, I will likely not be around to see what happens 20 years from now but I wish the rest of you well. If I believed I would be around, I would be actively purchasing stock in ventures that will ensure those still around can keep warm and continue to grow the crops necessary to sustain our ever increasing population.  But what the heck, how could I spend the $$$$$$$ at my rather advanced age.  😀

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8 hours ago, Wolfhunter said:

Cool, now post one with a picture of the Prophet Muhammad.... 

You're a brave man (assumed) Wolfhunter.  As-Salamu Alaikum

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3 hours ago, Moon The Loon said:

You're a brave man (assumed) Wolfhunter.  As-Salamu Alaikum

People who ridicule Christianity with impunity rarely project the same sentiment elsewhere. In fact, they become apoplectic at the very thought of it….. a curious double standard and largely the domain of Liberals and Democrats.  Alaikum as-salam

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some of us just ridicule all religion and don't choose sides in the fight.

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8 hours ago, boestar said:

some of us just ridicule all religion and don't choose sides in the fight.

Good, then I look forward to similar memes with a similar flavour, resplendent with pictures of the Prophet. Long before Roy Jones JR wrote the rap song (with horrid lyrics IMO), my grandfather use to say, "go hard or go home"... let er rip.

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Bitter cold February unusual for Calgary

 
‎Today, ‎February ‎16, ‎2019, ‏‎10 minutes ago

CALGARY (660 NEWS) — Calgary weather through the month of February has been bone chilling, with temperatures well below -29 C.

“If you look at the month right now, you have to go back to 1936 to find a month that was actually colder than February,” said David Phillips, climatologist with Environment Canada. “The normal temperature for this time of the year in Calgary should be a high in the afternoon of zero and a low of -12 C.”

But Phillips says pick your poison.

“The misery that other people are having, freezing rain and ice pellets, and snow and blowing snow. Or is it just the cold? Well I can warm up to cold, I can put layers on and face the cold but having to shovel, plow it or chip it away is not that nice.”

Spring is almost a month away and Phillips says March might be cold, but not as bad as February.

“When we crunch the numbers for this winter, I think what we’re going to see in Calgary is that it was actually a tad warmer than normal, depends how March goes.”

Calgarians were spoiled in December and January with temperatures four degrees above average.

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https://www.livescience.com/64486-earth-magnetic-pole-moving.html

As the Earth's magnetic field changes, so too does its magnetosphere affecting all kinds of climate factors - heating of continental landmasses being the most significant. Now THAT is a factor affecting climate change I can accept.

Mr. Trudeau - tax that!

 

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Don’t blame melting ice for polar bear attacks. Blame a bear baby boom

Opinion: Some scientists still think it’s OK to mislead the public to promote climate change alarm

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A polar bear is seen walking across the street in Churchill, Man.Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press files

 

 

February 27th is International Polar Bear Day, and what interesting timing it happens to be this year. In recent weeks the media have been all over the news that the Russian village of Belushaya Guba, on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the southern Barents Sea had declared a state of emergency because more than 50 aggressive and fearless polar bears had invaded the community. Protected status for the bears meant deadly force was not an option for terrified residents, yet non-lethal efforts to get the bears to leave had been futile.

Predictably, the blame was immediately put on sea-ice loss due to climate change — not by a scientist but by a Norwegian journalist who initially reported the story, adding in his own homemade, unscientific analysis. Pundits came out of the gate later, to add further layers of hyperbole, even after the original journalist followed up with another story recanting his original theories, headlined “Well-fed polar bears are not necessarily stuck at Novaya Zemlya due to climate change, experts say.”

The primary problem was, in fact, the village’s garbage, with too many bears being a close second. There had been ice enough in late November to allow the bears to leave Novaya Zemlya as they usually do in the fall but they did not. Dozens of fat bears chose to stay for the winter because of easy access to stores of food and an open-air garbage dump.

A few days after military personnel arrived and got serious about running the chubby troublemakers out of town, the bears took to the ice.

 

But a week later, CNN was still pushing the imminent climate-change catastrophe meme using video footage of fat, healthy bears.

 

https://business.financialpost.com/opinion/dont-blame-melting-ice-for-polar-bear-attacks-blame-a-bear-baby-boom

 

 

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Calgary’s cold February the worst in 828 months: Environment Canada

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎1, ‎2019, ‏‎30 minutes ago | Jodi Hughes
This February was one of the coldest ever, with daytime highs remaining below freezing for all but one hour.
 
 

Cold record broken in February in Vancouver

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎1, ‎2019, ‏‎1 hour ago | Gord Macdonald
The mean temperature was 0.4 C and the average for February is 4.9.
 
 

Some Lake Ontario cottages found completely frozen over

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎1, ‎2019, ‏‎1 hour ago | John Hadden
Cottage owners on Lake Ontario's southern shore say they have never seen anything like it: their summer homes are completely encased in ice
 
 

Saskatoon weather outlook: -40 to -50 wind chills start March

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎1, ‎2019, ‏‎2 hours ago | Peter Quinlan
-40 to -50 wind chills return to Saskatoon's weather forecast start March after one of the coldest Februarys on record.

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Global warming no longer fits the narrative. Its climate change.  Try and keep up.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will try to shift the focus from the SNC-Lavalin affair to his preferred campaign battleground -- climate change -- with the release this week of the Liberal party's first election-year ads.

 

Liberals seek to shift from SNC-Lavalin by focusing on climate plan

 

OTTAWA -- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will try to shift the focus from the SNC-Lavalin affair to his preferred campaign battleground -- climate change -- with the release this week of the Liberal party's first election-year ads.

Radio ads will air in the four provinces where the federal government is imposing a carbon tax after their conservative provincial governments refused to levy their own price on carbon: Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick.

The ads stress that the money raised from the tax will be rebated directly to residents in those provinces.

Trudeau will set the stage for the ad campaign with a "climate action" rally in Toronto on Monday night.

The ads will then begin airing Tuesday morning, aimed at commuters.

The message, delivered by Trudeau, is identical for the four provinces -- aside from the amount of money to be rebated to residents, which varies depending on the amount of carbon emissions to be taxed in each province.

According to the ads, an average family of four will receive more than $600 this year in Saskatchewan, more than $300 in Ontario and Manitoba and more than $250 in New Brunswick.

"Climate change is a real and serious problem," Trudeau says in the ads.

"We have a strong plan to fight it, one that leading scientists and economists support. It makes polluters pay and gives the money back to people."

In a jab at the federal Conservatives and their provincial cousins, Trudeau concludes: "Now, some politicians want to go back to the Harper years when pollution was free. We have to do better than that. Our kids are counting on us."

The Trudeau government is requiring provinces to impose a price on carbon emissions, starting at $20 per tonne this year and rising by $10 per tonne annually until it hits $50 in 2022. It is imposing its own tax on those provinces that have refused to meet the federal threshold.

The first payments will be visible to residents in the four provinces when they file their taxes this spring -- in plenty of time to register with voters before they head to the polls in October.

Trudeau is also scheduled to visit Monday with a Mississauga family to "highlight the climate action incentive payment."

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is also set to make a climate-related announcement in Ottawa on Monday, as the start of what a spokeswoman calls the start of an "Ontario tour." The prime minister and other Liberal MPs will be making similar appearances across the country this week.

Liberal party spokesman Braeden Caley says the rally and the radio ads have been planned for months -- long before the SNC-Lavalin affair engulfed Trudeau's government this month with allegations of political interference in the justice system. But the timing is felicitous as the Liberals seek to change the channel from the controversy.

In bombshell testimony before the House of Commons justice committee last week, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould said she was improperly pressured last fall by the Prime Minister's Office, the finance minister's office and the country's top public servant to prevent a criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.

Trudeau has insisted that he and others only wanted Wilson-Raybould to consider the impact of a prosecution on the viability of the Montreal engineering giant and its 9,000 Canadian employees, but they were always clear that it was up to her alone, as attorney general, to decide whether to intervene.

The director of public prosecutions, Kathleen Roussel, decided last September not to negotiate a remediation agreement with SNC-Lavalin, a legal option that would force the company to pay stiff penalties without the risk of a criminal conviction that could cripple it financially.

It is legally permissible for the attorney general to override the director of public prosecutions. Wilson-Raybould has said she considered the pressure on her to do so "inappropriate," although she concedes it was not illegal.

Until the SNC-Lavalin affair exploded last month, climate change was anticipated to be the pivotal issue in the looming federal election campaign.

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has warned that the carbon tax will drive up the cost of everything for consumers. He has yet to unveil his own plan for battling climate change -- a fact which Liberals have ridiculed on a party-sponsored website that professes to be about the Conservative leader's climate plan.

Anyone visiting the website gets an error message -- "No plan found" -- and an updated count of the number of days that have gone by since Scheer promised a plan (308 as of Sunday).

 

https://www.cp24.com/news/liberals-seek-to-shift-from-snc-lavalin-by-focusing-on-climate-plan-1.4320696

 

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New Calgary Transit Facility largest in North America – focused on environmentally beneficial Natural Gas buses

 
‎Today, ‎March ‎12, ‎2019, ‏‎26 minutes ago

Investing in a new massive bus storage and maintenance facility will allow Calgary Transit to provide citizens with a more effective and environmentally friendly transit system.

Today the new 44,300 square metre Stoney Transit Facility was officially opened in north-central Calgary – the largest indoor Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) bus fueling complex in North America and one of the largest in the world.

“I’m so pleased that our fleet of CNG buses are now part of our Calgary Transit fleet,” said Mayor Naheed Nenshi. "Investments in transit are among the best investments any city can make — they are investments in the environment, reducing congestion and improving mobility.”

The new Stoney Transit Facility is capable of housing more than 470 40-foot buses, with 36 maintenance bays—including two detailed cleaning bays – on-site compressed natural gas fuelling infrastructure and associated staff facilities. It will also provide diesel bus fuelling and operations, recognizing the transition period needed to introduce CNG buses into Transit’s fleet. When fully operational, the facility will save tax payers more than $4 million per year on fuel costs.

A public-private partnership approach gave Calgary an affordable, high value/low risk investment and would not have been possible without funding from the Federal Government and Province of Alberta and our partner Plenary Infrastructure Calgary LP’s (Project Co) expertise and resources. Capital cost is $174 million, with up to $46.9 million from the Federal Government.

“Investing in public transit infrastructure is essential to ensuring people can spend less time in traffic commuting home from work and more precious time with their families,” said the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The new Stoney Transit Facility will help meet growing demand, support better daily transit services and protect the environment by supporting cleaner energy systems.”

“Our government has a strong record of investing in a sustainable transportation network for Calgary, supporting both vehicle and public infrastructure,” said the Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Alberta Transportation. “This facility means more Calgarians will benefit from efficient, safe and environmentally friendly public transit, spending less time in traffic and easily getting to where they need to go.”

Benefits of using cleaner burning natural gas include a reduction in lifecycle carbon emissions, reduction in fuel costs, lower maintenance costs compared to other fossil fuel powered vehicles and quieter running engines.

To learn more about the project, visit calgary.ca/stoneybusgarage.

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