Category Archive: Climate change

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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Jun 20 2012

On Oversimplification

I have for some time found a common human behaviour very disturbing.   Michael Shermer describes it in his book The Believing Brain: Dr. Shermer also provides the neuroscience behind our beliefs. The brain is a belief engine. From sensory data flowing in through the senses the brain naturally begins to look for and find …

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May 12 2012

On CO2 Emissions in the Oil Sands

In today’s National Post, John Ivison and Andrew Coyne provide an interesting dichotomy about the debta surrounding climate change, the oil sands, CO2 emissions and the politics of perception. Ivison starts by stating that Ottawa (i.e. the government of Canada) must act to reign in oil sands emissions, or else the critics will be proven correct …

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Sep 29 2011

Spend the $5 Billion to mitigate Climate Change

Today, there was much in the news about the report by the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy, which says that the effects of global warming could cost Canada $5 Billion dollars a year by 2020. If you read my post of January 2010, this would be a great deal!   We should embrace …

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Jun 16 2011

Little Ice Age, redux?

At the American Astronomical Society (AAS) conference this week, three papers lead to the conclusions that Solar Cycle 24 is very weak and that Solar Cycle 25 may not really happen at all.  This is bad news for our climate. The problem with a “quiet” sun, lacking sunspots, is that when it has happened before …

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Jun 16 2011

IPCC fiction, again

Steve McIntyre has again identified that the UN IPCC is making things up, and publishing them as “facts” when there is no supporting evidence whatsoever.  Further, he points out that this claim: Close to 80 percent of the world‘s energy supply could be met by renewables by mid-century if backed by the right enabling public …

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Feb 02 2011

Roy Spencer’s Challenge

Dr. Roy Spencer, a noted climate blogger and meteorologist, has put forward a challenge to the Church of Anthropogenic Climate Change: What most people don’t realize is that the vast majority of published research on the topic simply assumes that warming is manmade. It in no way “proves” it. If the science really is that settled, …

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Jan 28 2011

The glaciers aren’t melting?

Recent scientific study shows that the Karakorum glaciers in the Himalayas are GROWING, not melting as the IPCC claimed in the 2007 AR4 report.  Now we know that the AR4 report has been shown to have been based on non-existent science. This, along with the cold winters we’ve had the last couple of years (both …

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Oct 18 2010

On climate change, succinctly

I saw a cartoon this week that in my opinion provides the explanation why we shouldn’t worry about AGW or anthropogenic climate change, or whatever it is called this week: Hmm.   Over the past billion years or so, the temperature of the Earth has stayed in the habitable range, regardless of solar behavior, clouds …

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