Category Archive: Engineering

Jun 29 2015

On CO2 Pricing in Canada

In the past week, there have been two news items in Canada on the pricing of CO2.  The first came from Alberta’s new NDP government.  Rachel Notley‘s government announced that large emitters in Alberta will need to reduce their CO2 intensity by 20% by 2017.  Any emissions above that level will be charged a tax …

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Jun 02 2014

On the EPA CO2 Reduction Target

Today, the EPA and President Obama unveiled a plan to reduce major power plant CO2 emissions by 30% in 16 years (by 2030).  This will basically kill the coal-fired power industry, and subsequently the coal mining industry in America. There is much discussion on the net about how foolish this is, such as:  The reduction …

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May 20 2014

Hard vs. Soft Science

Today over on WUWT, Steve Burnett writes eloquently and very forcefully on the ridiculous stance and attempts by those in the “soft sciences” like psychology, sociology, economics and similar fields to attempt to play equals with the hard sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, engineering).   The parts I liked the most: In short philosophers, and sociologists …

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Feb 16 2014

The Decline of Western Civilization

Recently, there have been a number of things in the news that make me think that Western Civilization is in decline.  It doesn’t take much to look at parts of Europe that are bankrupt, both morally and economically, or at the United States where cities like Detroit are bankrupt and in ruins, or states like …

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Sep 09 2013

On Levant vs. Nenshi

In the last couple of days, there has been much press about the Twitter spat between Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi and Sun News personality Ezra Levant.  This began with a column Levant wrote about questioning the spending of taxpayers money by the City of Calgary to hire the Pembina Institute at the University of Alberta. …

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Aug 01 2013

On the Infantilization of Our Society

Recently, I have noticed a few situations where people who are supposed to be responsible adults, often in positions of power and responsibility, have been unable to speak directly, make decisions, or accept that they must be responsible, or more importantly that society isn’t responsible for them. Following the catastrophic flooding in Southern Alberta in …

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May 12 2012

Jeff Rubin is a misguided Malthusian

Jeff Rubin, former economist at CIBC, has in the past few years, turned into a modern Malthus, proclaiming the end of the world as we know it.  However, his writings are lacking in the breadth of analysis truly required to understand the problems we face, and he underestimates the ingenuity of humanity to solve problems. …

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May 10 2012

A response to eco-hypocrites

Robert over at smalldeadanimals sent an excellent letter to Charles Adler this week.  I recommend it to all. I too work in one of the industries the eco-nuts hate – I have spent my nearly 20 year career designing facilities that either extract petroleum from the earth, refine it into the fuels we use, or …

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Oct 24 2011

R.I.P. John McCarthy

Yesterday, John McCarthy, one of the fathers of modern computer programming passed away.  John McCarthy may not have received as much notoriety among tech people as Steve Jobs did, but he was perhaps more influential. McCarthy developed LISP in 1959, based on Alonzo Church’s lambda calculus, for use in artificial intelligence research.  My contact with …

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Aug 07 2011

Mark Cuban on Patent Law

Mark Cuban has a very good post recommending improvements to the patent law system.  While his reference is clearly the US patent system, this applies to most of the patent laws around the world, including here in Canada. I would add one more thing to Mr. Cuban’s short list of fixes.  While he focuses on …

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