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16 hours ago, Airband said:

You forgot it won't bribe drivers to buy electric vehicles with others peoples' tax dollars.

You are correct.

However, at the same time it changes regulations that add costs to the public while rewarding corporate friends.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-doug-ford-government-mzos-developers-zoning-orders-1.5832817

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Now, nearly all new steel globally is produced using iron oxide and coking coal. Coking coal is usually bituminous-rank coal with special qualities that are needed in the blast furnace. While an increasing amount of steel is being recycled, there is currently no technology to make steel at scale without using coal.

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While our POS PM promises to continue to tax the hell out of you,

“ Trudeau went on to formally launch his government’s latest effort to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by committing to a cap on emissions from the country’s oil and gas sector.

Such a cap had been promised in the Liberals’ recent election platform, with plans to force emissions down until they hit net zero in 2050. A lack of regulations for the sector has long been a sore spot between environmental groups and Ottawa.”

China and Russia didn’t even bother to show up…

 

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4 hours ago, Skeptic said:

Now, nearly all new steel globally is produced using iron oxide and coking coal. Coking coal is usually bituminous-rank coal with special qualities that are needed in the blast furnace. While an increasing amount of steel is being recycled, there is currently no technology to make steel at scale without using coal.

Steel by definition requires CARBON.  Coal is the method which is used and has been used for centuries to make steel from iron. The required properties of steel cannot be made without the use of coal.

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The Ludicrous Hypocrisy of Climate Conferences Continues

NEWSFLASH, sort of: I saw the photo of Joe Biden falling asleep at the Glasgow climate conference (COP26) that’s been going around the internet and cable tv and for the first time since his election felt a tiny bit of sympathy for our president.

Okay, it’s not a great look for the so-called leader of the free world, but some years back (2009) I attended the Copenhagen version of this conference (COP15), reporting then for PJ Media, and had a helluva time staying awake during the extraordinarily tedious speeches.

I had an equally difficult time staying warm, especially when outside, because that conference on “global warming” took place in a record-breaking blizzard the likes of which I had never seen although I was a graduate of Dartmouth College and had spent four years in the snows of New Hampshire.

Of course, we were immediately informed by our hosts that such weather was—you will be shocked to hear—just further proof of imminent climate change.  Freezing weather meant climate change. Sweltering weather meant climate change. And perfect weather for months on end with not a cloud in the sky meant the most serious climate change of all.

Or something like that.

One time during this event I found myself waiting endlessly for one of the panel discussions to start, wondering what in the Sam Hill this was really all about and what I doing there, when, out of boredom, I struck up a conversation with the man next to me.

It turned out he was the representative from the Maldives.

I had struck gold! The Maldives were the very center of controversy then because the rising sea level from warming was said to be about to put their Pacific islands permanently underwater.

Trying to be sympathetic, I told the man I had heard about their plight, but his response was to start laughing.

He explained to my puzzled look there was no threat to his island whatsoever. They had had periodic high tides forever, but nothing that a few sandbags couldn’t handle.

So why was he here? This time he looked at me strangely. How could I possibly not know?

For the money, he said.

Diogenes had found his honest man.

Not so the scads of world leaders, royals and CEOs showing up on private jets—400 or so according to the Daily Mail, including Jeff Bezos in his personal 48 million British pound Gulf Stream—overflowing Glasgow’s airport while the peons were forced to sleep, unable to reach Scotland, on the floor of London’s Euston Station. (This COP had storms too.).

All this for “climate” negotiations that obviously could have been done just as easily over Zoom or something similar for the negligible results that emerge.

This time neither China nor Russia were present, a more than minor omission when it comes to global carbon emissions (excuse me, methane now), to whatever extent you believe in or fear them.

But we’re used to this by now. Hypocrisy great and small has been going on for some years at these annual festivals of virtue signaling.

Years back, Al Gore led the way, making millions—or was it billions—through carbon exchanges that were hurriedly put to bed before the world realized what a scam they were.

But then these are United Nations run climate change conferences and where the United Nations is involved, corruption often follows. The U.N. Oil-for-Food Programme during the Iraq War was one of the great scandals of recent decades.

Nevertheless, pace H. L. Mencken, climate change conferences are not just “about the money.” Something else as well, I believe, is lurking beneath the surface.

I was reminded of this while reading another article by the Danish journalist Bjorn Lomborg who, over the years, has had a lot of interesting, level-headed things to say about climate.

To over-simplify, Lomborg believes some anthropogenic global warming exists but its extent does not merit the “sky is falling” panic and consequent huge expenses advocated (or vaguely promised) by many world leaders. In fact, as is often true in such cases, the very people they claim to be helping are the ones who will be most hurt (i. e. the energy-impoverished Third World that relies on fossil fuels for survival).

He also points out that the same limited warming has increased world food production, helping people actually survive.

For me, the key might be in that sixty-four dollar word many of us have learned somewhere during the increasing number of years of this controversy— anthropogenic (man-made).

The adherents of dangerous climate change believe man (and woman, but less so) must always be at the center of things. You could call them excessively anthropocentric.

They tend largely to be atheists of one stripe or other. They are atheists even to the extent they don’t give sufficient countenance to that original god of human beings—the sun.

But whatever climate change is man-made, it pales in significance compared to the sun. Some day we may learn the truth of that to our detriment.

Nevertheless, the most devoted so-called “warmists” appear to worship Gaia, that stand-in for the Earth, rather than the sun or certainly the Judaeo-Christian God.

But, in order to encourage worship of whatever faith, it’s a good idea to have someplace to go, to remind the faithful—Jerusalem, Mecca, Lourdes, and so forth. Hence COP.

That make these climate conferences essentially annual religious celebrations for atheists, a celebration of the belief that man could control all things. (If that sounds a bit like communism, it is.)

Not all that long ago people called our current ecological fixation something simpler—conservation. We all agreed with it then and automatically did our part. We picked up the trash. Now, not so much.

https://www.theepochtimes.com/the-ludicrous-hypocrisy-of-climate-conferences-continues_4082836.html


 

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An analogy of where we are is akin to the 1920's in aviation when it comes to electric cars.  Much like the fantastic growth in aviation development brought by war, cars generally gain improvements through racing. 

This is where the racing world is at with regards to that...

https://carbuzz.com/news/a-tesla-powered-ev-just-hit-353-mph-on-the-bonneville-salt-flats

A Tesla-Powered EV Just Hit 353 MPH On The Bonneville Salt Flats

https://www.motortrend.com/news/don-garlits-sets-new-electric-dragster-record-florida-chasing-200mph/

Don Garlits sets New Electric Dragster Record in Florida; Still Chasing 200mph

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And for those who perceive range anxiety as an issue, improvements are coming there also.

https://insideevs.com/news/545066/zipcharge-go-portable-ev-charger/

ZipCharge Go Portable Electric Vehicle Charger Introduced At COP26

Today at the global climate summit in Glasgow, better known as COP26, a UK startup called ZipCharge introduced its portable electric vehicle charger called the Go - and we're pretty stoked.

The Go is compact, about the size and shape of an average-sized carry-on suitcase, and weighs about 50-lbs. It has a 4 kWh (net capacity) battery and can charge an EV at 7.2 kW. However, larger versions will also be introduced, offering up to 8 kWh of net capacity.

In a little more than 30 minutes, the 4 kWh version can add approximately 12 to 20 miles of range, depending on how efficient the EV is. The larger 8 kWh unit needs about an hour to fully discharge and will add roughly 25 to 40 miles of driving range.

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Global climate conference simply a cop-out

 

  • Calgary Herald
  • 4 Nov 2021
  • CHRIS NELSON Chris Nelson is a regular columnist for the Calgary Herald.
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That strange human subset, collectively called politicians, possesses a quite remarkable ability to never walk their talk.

Look no further than the weird goings-on in Glasgow this week, where the world's grasping and garrulous have journeyed to the land of the bravely kilted to display the stunning arrogance of the global elite.

No matter some of those merrily flapping their gums about saving the planet from looming environmental disaster possess individual carbon footprints the size of small towns in Africa.

Such obvious hypocrisy never crosses their collective minds and regular folk expecting that privileged set to ever murmur the words reuse, reduce or recycle will remain sorely disappointed. It's not their gig, so to speak.

Nope, instead, they believe buying a brandnew Tesla as a handy third vehicle for the summer cottage is both a badge of honour, worthy of display to their equally well-heeled neighbours, and a suitable symbol for the rest of us, who unfortunately have to hunt for our eco-salvation among the bargain basements of local thrift stores.

Nothing agreed at COP26 will involve a single reduction in the lavish lifestyles of the 20,000-plus Glasgow-goers. Their existence will continue as before, the only change being a pleasing jump in frequent flyer points.

Still, they will indeed sing for their no doubt sumptuous suppers, uttering copious odes to the wonders of net-zero carbon emissions as a foil to the climate emergency we currently face.

(Apparently, Calgary's soon to be designated as such a threatened metropolis; one about to tumble into some fiery pit if we don't do something that will, in actuality, amount to nothing, so nobody experiences even the slightest inconvenience. Hey, wake me up when our new city councillors start riding the bus to work.)

We know this is how it really works, which is why Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's latest bit of grandstanding, about capping oil and gas emissions, is simply hot air.

A man who flies halfway across a continent for a spot of weekend surfing hasn't the moral authority to judge a biggest-pumpkin contest never mind tell Alberta what to do with its oil.

If push ever did come to shove, then we'd just switch off the pumps for a weekend in January and he'd be taking the proverbial knee before you could mutter “freeze in the dark.” We just need a provincial leader who'll walk our talk. The current one won't.

Anyhow, if this is indeed a planetary emergency, then why doesn't the Trudeau government put a five-buck-a-litre excise tax on gasoline today? That would cut emissions in a heartbeat and surely it's a small price to pay for salvation? That snowball in hell had better odds than that happening.

It's pure theatre at every level. U.S. President Joe Biden waxes lyrical about a green future then calls OPEC in the intermission and begs them to pump more oil. German Chancellor Angela Merkel plays the elder stateswoman one final time while quietly pleading with Russian President Vladimir Putin to send more natural gas to a Europe in the throes of an energy crisis.

In the meantime, we'll pretend someday soon — but not just yet — we'll all indeed ride bikes to work in February and wear two sweaters while reading by candlelight, just so China can build more coal-fired power plants across the length and breadth of Asia to use up any resulting carbon slack.

Here in Canada, we worship at the feet of an aging TV host whose personal contribution to saving the Earth is buying a holiday home in Australia. Do these people even lose a single wink of sleep engaging in such behaviour? Certainly doesn't seem so.

So that environmental can will be kicked down the road constantly, promised salvation always 20 to 30 years away.

All we can do is turn the thermostat down a notch, resist buying endless stuff and walk to the corner store instead of driving. It isn't much, but it's still a walk the Glasgow crowd will never make.

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44 minutes ago, Skeptic said:

It's pure theatre at every level.

 

US. President Joe Biden waxes lyrical about a green future then calls OPEC in the intermission and begs them to pump more oil. German Chancellor Angela Merkel plays the elder stateswoman one final time while quietly pleading with Russian President Vladimir Putin to send more natural gas to a Europe in the throes of an energy crisis.

In the meantime, we'll pretend someday soon — but not just yet — we'll all indeed ride bikes to work in February and wear two sweaters while reading by candlelight, just so China can build more coal-fired power plants across the length and breadth of Asia to use up any resulting carbon slack.

 

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On 11/3/2021 at 7:23 AM, deicer said:

An analogy of where we are is akin to the 1920's in aviation when it comes to electric cars.  Much like the fantastic growth in aviation development brought by war, cars generally gain improvements through racing. 

This is where the racing world is at with regards to that...

https://carbuzz.com/news/a-tesla-powered-ev-just-hit-353-mph-on-the-bonneville-salt-flats

A Tesla-Powered EV Just Hit 353 MPH On The Bonneville Salt Flats

https://www.motortrend.com/news/don-garlits-sets-new-electric-dragster-record-florida-chasing-200mph/

Don Garlits sets New Electric Dragster Record in Florida; Still Chasing 200mph

So What?

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20 hours ago, Skeptic said:

Global climate conference simply a cop-out

More theatre…

 

“ A new global pact to transition away from coal power, announced on Thursday at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, has been compromised by the refusal of the world’s biggest emitters to sign on.

The host British government has made it a primary goal of the United Nations conference to “consign to history” the fuel currently responsible for about 30 per cent of the world’s carbon emissions, and succeeded in getting some heretofore coal-friendly or coal-reliant countries – such as Indonesia, Poland, South Korea and Vietnam – to be among more than 40 nations joining the agreement.

The president of the COP26 summit, British MP Alok Sharma, said the developments mean that the end of coal is “in sight.”

But the United States, China and India – which together account for roughly 70 per cent of the world’s coal consumption – were among those did not sign on.

That was despite the pact being tailored to draw in signatories by using less stringent criteria than a pre-existing anti-coal coalition – also spearheaded by Britain, along with Canada – that confusingly also announced new members on the same day.”

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