January 2020

I still can’t believe it’s 2020. This is the future. What’s it like? Well, there are supercomputers in our pockets, there’s the high chance of war in the Middle East, and our air has seldom been so polluted. It’s just like 10 years ago.

Cold has returned to Regina, with a sub -30 degree wind chill this morning for my bike ride to work. I caught a photo of the full moon slipping behind the Centre of the Arts. Last night I saw it rising above teepee poles.

#EightYears came early

A couple years ago when the IPCC gave us approximately 12 years to get emissions way down, I started using the hashtag #TwelveYears on stories related to how far we have to go yet now I’ve been using #TenYears, but I’m being too conservative. #EightYears is our presently calculated deadline to have a 50% chance of protecting a survivable planet.

Oil Is The Reason For The Season?

Don’t you dare suggest that oil could be bad, the sensitive folks of Oxbow, SK might get up in arms. They’re having a tough time with work you see, the oil industry that once paid them handsomely to ruin their kid’s environment, now only ruins their kids’ environment without paying them for the privilege.

Here are some comments attacking the teachers who decided to use a green theme for their Christmas concert, and teach kids that some of their parents are deranged Boomers despite not being old enough.

  • Lanny Martindale It’s the whole system there brainwashing them to be little Gretas it a joke the whole system!
  • Bruce Loppe Well said Mike. And Lanny is right.
  • Warren Dalziel More brain washing, poor kids don’t even know the difference
  • Darlene Twietmeyer You know that really is too bad it’s Christmas for Pete’s sake wow
    isn’t the whole idea of Christmas well it’s Santa and presents but it’s the whole Nativity thing and the reason for the season and all that
  • Aaron Folkerts: “I was disgusted my self . I heard about it but then I saw it. Keep your fucking commy political beliefs to yourself and just do what your paid to. Teach”

WikiLeaks: Sweden Tosses Unneeded Investigation

This article makes it sound like he was preventing the Swedish phony investigation from proceeding by hiding (in a location known to the whole world!). No, the reason for the investigation in Sweden was not just because Assange parts on bad terms with lovers, but because the US was pursuing a secret indictment against him for publishing their criminal secrets. We know that’s true because the indictment was finally revealed by accident years later.

The US has a bad history of prosecuting whistleblowers and journalists, like Barrett Brown. Assange embarrassed them, and now they’re pulling the strings of their allies in Britain to jail and silence Assange and Wikileaks.

EVs Outselling Stick Shift

Not surprising, people are buying more EV cars than manual transmission ones.

Presently fewer than 10% are voting for EV as their preferred transmission type. As Mike points out, EVs don’t have a transmission, so is it really a fair comparison. Wouldn’t you rather drive a vehicle you don’t have to shift, has better acceleration, and has no transmission to break down?

UPDATE:

Dec. 2, come to the RPL Film Theatre for a special presentation by James Whittingham about why EVs are the best winter vehicles.

 

Hypocrisy It Isn’t

Notable climate crisis musician and activist Laura Stewart in the Leader Post explaining why climate activists aren’t hypocrites for pressuring governments to take action they cannot personally:
leaderpost com/opinion/letters/letters-to-the-editor-oct-17-2019-climate-change-protesters-arent-the-major-emitters

Climate protesters aren’t hypocrites

Regina’s climate protesters are not hypocrites. They demand government action on problems their personal actions can’t touch.

Critics say, “Pick up litter.” Some protesters do that. Some attempt zero-waste living. But of Saskatchewan’s 76 megatonnes of emissions, the “Waste and Others” sector makes up only three per cent.

Yes, many protesters bike, walk, or bus to the marches. But “Passenger Transportation” produces just six per cent of emissions. And it’s a nine-hour bike ride to the legislature from my home town.

What personal actions could drive down the 34 per cent of emissions from “Oil and Gas” production? During one march, a critic suggested turning off the gas to my house, but that’s consumption — counted in the “Buildings” sector at only four per cent.

How about reducing the 19 per cent of emissions from “Electricity”? Eliminating all residential electricity would cut only about three per cent of overall emissions. And critics complain about protesters’ cell phones.

“Agriculture” produces 22 per cent of emissions — and $13 billion in exports. Many protesters avoid eating meat — another partial solution. But about nine per cent of Saskatchewan’s overall emissions come from crop production, because it releases nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas nearly 300 times worse than carbon dioxide.

We need government actions to make high emissions costly, make lowering emissions pay, and make zero emissions an affordable choice. Otherwise, we subsidize our present prosperity at the expense of our children’s future.

The most important personal action you can take to help solve the climate emergency? Talk about it.

Laura Stewart, Regina

This is a subject that I’ve discussed years ago too.