Cross Country Checkup Climate Change

A show once hosted by climate change denier Rex Murphy, was asking some okay questions of callers, while other questionable questions were called out by callers.

The last caller said rightly people shouldn’t be asked any more if they think climate change is happening, since scientists have long determined that it is. We don’t ask people if they think Lawn Darts are dangerous or if we should wear seat belts, anymore.

3 callers stood up to the host Duncan when he pressed them for personal changes they’ve made to reduce emissions. Their point was that collective action is more important since they’ve done their part and it has still led to this crisis the IPCC has determined we are in.
One ignorant rancher from MB was the most blatant denier to phone in, unable to explain what has convinced him that scientists are supposedly wrong. He kept repeating that the climate has always changed and doesn’t think we are changing it now. A scientist from Environment and Climate Change Canada on the show later explained that we’re adding to the naturally variable warming happening now. Our carbon pollution today will stay in the atmosphere for up to ~400 years. The denier’s point was that Canadians will enjoy being a couple degrees warmer. He doesn’t get that means flooding Halifax, St. John’s, Vancouver and Victoria, etc. Will those Canadians enjoy losing their homes?

A 28 year old caller was enraged that older generations have stolen our future through greed and mismanagement of our atmosphere.

A woman from Winnipeg mentioned that pests destroying entire urban forests are surviving thanks to warmer Winters. The rancher/farmer calling should care about destroyed orchards.

If this was 5 years ago, Cross Country Checkup would have had a geriatric fart hosting who takes money from oil companies to spread climate change inaction. Hosting scientists and callers who are asking politicians and companies to act where individuals don’t have the means, is a step up.

Joyce Murray’s rapping son, and the person building efficient homes, were especially interesting.

“An appealing concept”

Does the north of Canada need improved transportation? Yes.
Is this need being exploited by those who want a pipeline to “tidewater”? Yes.
Will constructing it ensure Canada exceeds our promised and required emissions limit? Yes.
Will that limit being crossed result in the likely destruction of our society? Yes, confirmed the UN study by thousands of scientists.

So Minister Garneau, a guy smart enough to be an astronaut and a cabinet minister, thinks that installing the conditions for the destruction of our society is “an appealing concept” no doubt about it.

We’re not going to avoid this problem, we have to begin planning with the avoidance of more emissions long term, and the medium term too. What’s the use of building something that we have to tear down in the same generation, like a disposable sports stadium, or a mobile home?

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And yet we have Agents of Destruction running Ontario and Saskatchewan, leaders who are hell bent on protecting the corporate elite who think it’s fine to build a pipeline for the tarsands. Hell, even our supposedly moderate Prime Minister and Climate Change Ministers both think that building a fucking pipeline in 2018, unusable in only half the time to a 2040 DEADline, isn’t wasting human labour, wasting time, and stranding assets underground.

If you aren’t developing a plan for yourself, and your place of work to be carbon neutral by 2030, you’re not helping enough. You’re failing yourself, and failing your children. Standing up to the useless, evil, cowards running our economies into the ground, would be a good starting point.

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Is the Conservative Party of Canada Racist?

Sadly, yes. If you haven’t noticed, here’s something that should startle you into realizing every wing of it associates with Nazis, and talks about limiting immigration as a primary platform plank.

Goldy, a Nazi, is recently associated with Rebel Media. Rebel Media’s recent organizer is Andrew Scheer’s organizer now. These aren’t stretches, these are well known facts, and obvious to anyone who watches even a week of Canadian political news.

I feel badly for former Conservative supporters, because man of them are good people, and are not racists. However, past this point in history, continuing to participate in the CPC is to be on the wrong side of history.

JFK Airport Experience

“Saskboy doesn’t recommend John F. Kennedy International Airport.” Here’s the summary I left for them on Facebook:

They weren’t able to let us deplane for an hour due to a thunderstorm when we arrived.
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We departed late, in part because there was another plane at our gate for longer than expected, so hard to know where the fault was there.

The things they could directly fix:
-There are NO BENCHES or chairs (aside from about 6 at the accessibility wicket) in Terminal 4 before you enter a secure area.
-The disposable cutlery in restaurants could be biodegradable.
-Alcohol prices in the restaurant was $11US and up, which is exorbitant.

One thing that was alright was the Air Train, except it’s not clear to a traveler that you’ll be paying $5 for using it, until you’re already on it. It would be nice if the MTA card options were made more clear, but the experience was helped by a retailer near the exit of the Airtrain who explained the unlimited 7 day MTA pass ($33), and reloadable $5 MTA Airtrain card were the best options for our trip.

Once we were on the subway car at Jamaica Station, we were using the map on the wall to figure out where our next transfer was going to be, and where we’d be getting off. We hauled our bags up some stairs, and found our AirBNB about a block away. There was no elevator, as we knew, so we climbed the old stairs, and then headed out to find a place to have supper. The waiter was a jovial and helpful fellow named Justin, and we had an excellent meal with some complimentary ‘slaw too. I enjoyed a bourbon barrel flavoured ale, and we made a point to come back the next evening after supper elsewhere, for a nightcap.
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