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I overnighted in YKA last weekend and saw, from my hotel window,  a number of long trains passing the hotel hauling coal to the coast.  You would tell it was coal as there were no covers on the loads. Also of course some exclusive tanker units

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1 hour ago, mo32a said:

Her mother’s memoir reveals the extent of Greta Thunberg’s suffering

 

By Brad Polumbo
Washington Examiner

Greta Thunberg is a victim, in almost every way imaginable. She’s a victim of bullying, of mental health issues, of circumstance, and most notably, a victim of the left-wing climate movement that has exploited her vulnerability for political gain.

In an excerpt of Thunberg’s mother’s new memoir, Our House Is on Fire: Scenes of a Family and a Planet in Crisis, published in the Guardian, we learn more about the extent of the challenges and trauma Thunberg and her family have gone through. The tale is heart-wrenching, and only a monster could feel anything but sympathy for Greta after reading it. However, it also once again calls into question the decision to thrust someone so vulnerable and troubled into the spotlight.

'We will do better': Alberta energy company apologizes for sexually suggestive Greta Thunberg decal

Thunberg’s mother, Malena Ernman, describes how her daughter’s struggles began in 2014:

“Greta was 11, had just started fifth grade, and was not doing well. She cried at night when she should be sleeping. She cried on her way to school. She cried in her classes and during her breaks, and the teachers called home almost every day. Svante had to run off and bring her home to Moses, our golden retriever. She sat with him for hours, petting him and stroking his fur. She was slowly disappearing into some kind of darkness and little by little, bit by bit, she seemed to stop functioning. She stopped playing the piano. She stopped laughing. She stopped talking. And she stopped eating.”

Tragically, this was only the beginning of Thunberg’s troubles. We learn of the intense extent of her struggles with an eating disorder, revealed by Ernman’s chilling description of her desperate attempts to get Greta to eat more than five pieces of gnocchi. Her daughter, at one point, only ate three foods.

 

Her disorder reaches a crisis point:

“After two months of not eating Greta has lost almost 10kg, which is a lot when you are rather small to begin with. Her body temperature is low and her pulse and blood pressure clearly indicate signs of starvation. She no longer has the energy to take the stairs and her scores on the depression tests she takes are sky high. We explain to our daughter that we have to start preparing ourselves for a stay at the hospital, where it’s possible to get nutrition and food without eating, with tubes and drips.”

We learn that Thunberg is diagnosed with autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder. We learn how, after viewing a documentary on environmentalism in school, she becomes obsessively concerned with the environment and climate change. Thunberg starts skipping school, and we learn about her struggles with vicious bullying of unimaginable cruelty:

“It’s like a movie montage featuring every imaginable bullying scenario. Stories about being pushed over in the playground, wrestled to the ground, or lured into strange places, the systematic shunning and the safe space in the girls’ toilets where she sometimes manages to hide and cry before the break monitors force her out into the playground again. For a full year, the stories keep coming. Svante and I inform the school, but the school isn’t sympathetic.”

Thankfully, eventually things started to look up for Thunberg. We learn that her mental health struggles have improved, a fact for which we should all be grateful.

But despite all of the trauma and troubles revealed in Ernman’s memoirs, left-wing activists have subjected Thunberg to a world-wide media frenzy, exposed her to the nasty cruelty of social media fame, and thrown her into the top levels of political debate.

This is unconscionable.

 

It’s unfair to subject any person her age to the public scrutiny associated with being the leader of a political movement, which comes with having every word dissected, every argument debunked, and every aspect of your life publicized. But it’s even worse to subject someone with clearly-documented, severe mental health issues to this treatment, all for political advantage. That borders on child abuse.

Thunberg has received thousands of hateful messages online, has been mocked cruelly on cable news, and even been the subject of President Trump’s Twitter feed. Liberal climate activists have surely known this would happen, and they put her through it all anyway.

 

 

Now, Thunberg madly obsesses over the climate, stricken with fear over doomsday-level fantasies that the world will end. She rages at the United Nations and celebrities alike, scolding the world with tears in her eyes for having “stolen [her] dreams and [her] childhood.”

Climate activists delight, exploiting her ongoing trauma to browbeat their political opponents into submission. In turn, they give her awards and even float her for the Nobel Peace Prize. All the while, Thunberg clearly continues to suffer, but evidently, to progressive activists, that’s of little concern.

https://nationalpost.com/opinion/opinion-her-mothers-memoir-reveals-the-extent-of-greta-thunbergs-suffering-and-exploitation

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As Al Gore would say.....an inconvenient truth:

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Canada, in fact, is one gigantic carbon sink — an empty land mass with very few people and an abundance of natural features that decarbonize the world.........

Canada has reportedly tried to make a case at the UN to fully include and properly evaluate our carbon absorption contribution, but to no avail. If true, that makes Ottawa’s negligence worse. The Government of Canada serves Canadians, not an international organization, and should never have taken no for answer.......

Clearly, Canada’s federal government bought into a rigged, inaccurate system, when it should have insisted, at the very least, on an audit mechanism to quantify these carbon sinks and publish valid net-emissions figures. If done, that could become the basis for a world market for carbon-offset credits, where CO2 absorption becomes a saleable asset that polluters must buy.

Such a carbon-offset market could create billions in cash flow to compensate Canada’s Indigenous peoples, provinces, territories and land owners for their stewardship of the forests and lands. Instead, Canada’s carbon sink is not recognized, much less quantified, and, as such, is given away for free.

Environmentally, Canada has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of and nothing to correct … except for the federal government’s complete capitulation to an agreement that’s based on foreign propaganda and agendas.

https://business.financialpost.com/diane-francis/diane-francis-canada-is-a-giant-carbon-sink-why-are-we-not-getting-credit-for-it

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22 hours ago, st27 said:

As Al Gore would say.....an inconvenient truth:

We produce 1.7% of the worlds carbon and our land mass scrubs 20% more than we produce. This is why JT has committed to net zero.... we are already there but he doesn't want you to know about that just yet. He wants to be the one to announce it.

I bet they will plant millions of trees over the next few years and claim victory early..... that's what I would do.

In fact, I'd want a progress report ready for the next election. It's a pretty big issue, people want action but they want the action to be magical; this is that.

This way, he won't have to tell people what they have to suffer without to hit those pesky targets.... he will congratulate them on their sacrifice to date and with having achieved net zero under budget and under time.

You will notice that after 74 pages on this thread, not one person in favour of the Paris Accord has said where they want to see the 80 Megaton deficit come from....  it's all fluff, clearly it will be magic Liberal trees that save the day.

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Likely good news for Paris Accord supporters:

https://business.financialpost.com/news/canadian-farmers-warn-they-may-sit-out-the-season-unless-government-aid-guaranteed

Maintaining the status quo on transportation, industry and shutting down sectors of agriculture, especially the export market, should do the trick. Taking social distancing out of the equation, this is pretty much what it needs to look like IMO.

I couldn't find any worthwhile emission projections to compare where we are (right now) vs where we need to be. If anyone comes across some I'd love to see it. Cheers

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Rough (Very Rough) calculations based on historical data would suggest we have taken just over 32Mt out just in Canada since this all began.

 

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1 hour ago, boestar said:

Rough (Very Rough) calculations based on historical data would suggest we have taken just over 32Mt out just in Canada since this all began.

 

Thanks.

47 more megatons are required for the year so It's certainly doable.... it sure comes at a cost though. 

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Happy Earth Day

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/04/22/earthday-at-50-none-of-the-eco-doomsday-predictions-have-come-true/

#EarthDay at 50: None Of The Eco-Doomsday Predictions Have Come True

From predicting ecological collapse and the end of civilization to warnings that the world is running out of oil, all environmental doomsday predictions of the first Earth Day in 1970 have turned out to be flat out wrong.

Considering the current doomsday predictions scaremonger activists are verbalizing about global warming that will result in the demise of civilization within the next decade, many of those unscientific 1970 predictions are being reincarnated on today’s social and news media outlets.

Behold the coming apocalypse as predicted on and around Earth Day, 1970:

1. “Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind.”  — Harvard biologist George Wald

2. “We are in an environmental crisis which threatens the survival of this nation, and of the world as a suitable place of human habitation.” — Washington University biologist Barry Commoner

3. “Man must stop pollution and conserve his resources, not merely to enhance existence but to save the race from intolerable deterioration and possible extinction.” — New York Times editorial

4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” — Stanford University biologist Paul Ehrlich

5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born… [By 1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” — Paul Ehrlich

6. “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation,” — Denis Hayes, Chief organizer for Earth Day

7. “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions…. By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” — North Texas State University professor Peter Gunter

8. “In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution… by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half.” — Life magazine

9. “At the present rate of nitrogen buildup, it’s only a matter of time before light will be filtered out of the atmosphere and none of our land will be usable.” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt

10. “Air pollution…is certainly going to take hundreds of thousands of lives in the next few years alone.” — Paul Ehrlich

11. “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate… that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, ‘Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, ‘I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” — Ecologist Kenneth Watt

12. “[One] theory assumes that the earth’s cloud cover will continue to thicken as more dust, fumes, and water vapor are belched into the atmosphere by industrial smokestacks and jet planes. Screened from the sun’s heat, the planet will cool, the water vapor will fall and freeze, and a new Ice Age will be born.” — Newsweek magazine

13. “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” — Kenneth Watt

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10 minutes ago, FireFox said:

From predicting ecological collapse and the end of civilization to warnings that the world is running out of oil, all environmental doomsday predictions of the first Earth Day in 1970 have turned out to be flat out wrong.

I predict we will be reading similar headlines in the future regarding all the fear mongering of Global Warming, now conveniently called “Climate Change” to make it more PC acceptable

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2 hours ago, Jaydee said:

I predict we will be reading similar headlines in the future regarding all the fear mongering of Global Warming, now conveniently called “Climate Change” to make it more PC acceptable

Global Warming to Climate change was done so that the eco-terrorists would be right whichever way it went.

The thing that has happened in the last 50 years is that fewer and fewer people trust Scientists.

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15 hours ago, Fido said:

The thing that has happened in the last 50 years is that fewer and fewer people trust Scientists.

Exactly!!  I trust Science... it’s the politicization of scientists that is the problem 

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One thing is undeniable.  Since the lockdown began, the air around the world has significantly cleared of pollution and smog.  Air temeratures have remained below seasonal consistently over the last several weeks and man, it is a LOT quieter.

Now if we just clean up all the plastic in the ocean we can start again.

 

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1 hour ago, boestar said:

One thing is undeniable.  Since the lockdown began, the air around the world has significantly cleared of pollution and smog.  Air temeratures have remained below seasonal consistently over the last several weeks and man, it is a LOT quieter.

Now if we just clean up all the plastic in the ocean we can start again.

 

The only way that will happen, based on where the experts say the floating plastic comes from, would be to ban all such plastic in Asia.  https://www.statista.com/chart/12211/the-countries-polluting-the-oceans-the-most/

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But someone still has to clean it up. It aint going away on its own.

 

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8 hours ago, boestar said:

it is a LOT quieter.

For the past month I have regularly gone through the Tims drive through to get my coffee and then park on the street just outside my usual coffee spot.

Sitting for 45 minutes chatting with the buddies we would always have to stop talking as a few fire trucks and a few ambulances went screaming past.  Now there is not a one to be seen or heard.  I drove past the hospital yesterday and there were NO ambulances parked outside the emergency bay which is highly unusual from experience of the last 5 years.

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Bored at home and looking for something to replace Ozark????? Here are some excerpts from an article in the National Post describing a YouTube doc.....

 

 

Looking for an eye-opening hot doc to relieve the tedium of rewatching the second season of Homeland? Then grab that tablet, phone or remote and head straight for the Earth Day release on YouTube of Planet of the Humans , a Michael Moore-produced documentary that blows up the entire green energy industry, from solar to wind to hydrogen and biomass, from Al Gore to General Motors and Michael Bloomberg, as a giant capitalist fraud.

 

The maker of Planet of the Humans is Jeff Gibbs, a Michael Moore collaborator whose rabid anti-capitalist documentaries are as entertaining as they are often wrong-headed. Not this one. While Gibbs delivers monotone voice-over and on-camera descriptions of humans as suicidal pursuers of infinite growth, he also reveals the backgrounds and double-standard inner workings of the corporate coalitions between Big Green and Big Business.

Watch as a parade of corporate celebs and brands — Gore, Bloomberg, Richard Branson, GM, Jeremy Grantham, Goldman Sachs and many others — line up in partnership with the biggest names in the environmental movement behind assorted renewable energy concepts — solar power, wind, biomass and coconut oil — that Gibbs demonstrates offer little to offset the carbon emissions of fossil fuels.

But perhaps most revealing to many viewers will be the environmental and economic realities behind solar and wind power. The natural resources needed to produce solar panels — including coal and quartz — are seldom noted by proponents. Vast amounts of energy and materials are needed to build wind turbines.

To devastating effect, if not quite total fairness, Gibbs and his associates visit early U.S. solar and wind projects that have not quite lived up to their promise. The fact that windmills and solar panels have limited lifespans may come as news to many. The main problem — that the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow all the time — is highlighted many times by industry experts.

Watch as a succession of big-name enviros — Bill McKibben of 350.org, various Sierra Club executives, The Nature Conservancy, Robert Kennedy Jr. — emerge as conflicted and evasive when confronted by the obvious contradictions and falsehoods behind their support of renewables and their partnership with major corporations.”

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The best quote is from the guy who is asked "How much time left for the human race?"

He replies "47 years, 5 months and 3 days.....approximately"

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The Climate nut cases now eat their own.....not that it wasn’t expected.

Climate experts call for ‘dangerous’ Michael Moore film to be taken down

Planet of the Humans, which takes aim at the green movement, is ‘full of misinformation’, says one online library

A new Michael Moore-produced documentary that takes aim at the supposed hypocrisy of the green movement is “dangerous, misleading and destructive” and should be removed from public viewing, according to an assortment of climate scientists and environmental campaigners.

The film, Planet of the Humans, was released on the eve of Earth Day last week by its producer, Michael Moore, the baseball cap-wearing documentarian known for Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine. Describing itself as a “full-frontal assault on our sacred cows”, the film argues that electric cars and solar energy are unreliable and rely upon fossil fuels to function. It also attacks figures including Al Gore for bolstering corporations that push flawed technologies over real solutions to the climate crisis.

https://amp.theguardian.com/environment/2020/apr/28/climate-dangerous-documentary-planet-of-the-humans-michael-moore-taken-down?CMP=share_btn_tw&__twitter_impression=true&fbclid=IwAR0WLkMpuUxhTf23oj7ZDGa-LO53vwl5RPgRanKSwpyzVOi24q-zgjzBoYw

 

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