There’s a European satellite watching for methane pollution. It spotted a big leak in Alberta.
ISS has a camera called EMIT attached and it can see methane plumes on Earth. The data is public, but not as easy as surfing around like on Google Earth to map it.
“Jan Gorski, director of the Pembina Institute’s oil and gas program, said consistent regulation is vital to spotting emissions.
“The source, location, and generation of methane emissions is unpredictable, which is why we need good measurement and monitoring to catch these rare events,” he said.
“If it’s something caught by satellite it shows that it was a pretty significant source of methane emissions.”
Gorski said the current data on the average level of methane emissions from the gas sector is based on studies from more than a decade ago.”
"the firm estimated the plume had an emissions rate of 11 tonnes an hour, roughly equivalent to the annual emissions of 200 cars". Every hour @CBC! Actually the satellite spotted it Sep 28th and no one knows how many hours, days or weeks the leak lasted. https://t.co/0mhp64RWAa
Since March it’s been known around the world that it’s not responsible to travel in the pandemic. With the curve spiking instead of flattening this winter, it’s even more extremely obvious that only travel that is life and death should be undertaken. Yet Alberta Conservatives, Saskatchewan Party Minister(s?), and Ontario Conservatives are among the Canadian political elite flouting their provincial lockdowns to vacation in Hawaii, Mexico, St. Barts, and elsewhere.
Kenny, Moe, and Ford should resign to make room for ethical leadership. I’m not sure there’s anyone suitable in Alberta’s government should Kenney be forced out, they should probably approach the Lieutenant Gov for an election in that dumpster fire of a province.
Our window to use the vaccines to make COVID-19 extinct will close one day. We’re in a race to see if humans win, or the virus and its coming mutations. Even as it enters wildlife, we can’t be sure we can beat it. I think trying is important.
There is an entirely too-slow roll-out of the vaccine so far. There’ve been 9 months to prepare a plan, if it’s not working smoothly by end of January, we should toss out political leadership getting it wrong.
Nowhere in Canada is more cursed than Alberta. It’s the Resource Curse. And Jason Kenney is the leader of the cursed.
Some people have to wait decades to learn how wrong they are. Kenney’s scheduled to see in only 5 years.
I don’t know enough to say that Kenney is an intensely stupid man, because it’s entirely possible he’s evil and conniving and knows that oil is done, but says these lies anyway to his political advantage.
That cop is really disturbing. Look at his smirk at the end of saying racists have a right to be as peaceful as they can manage to be, while shouting violent threats, and throwing elbow. It is worse than a shit-eating-grin. Smiley should be fired or demoted.
It’s no surprise to most reading this that I have a low opinion of Saskatchewan’s Premier. He’s an unlovable oaf. He’s never been elected by the general electorate to be Premier, and his party takes corrupt corporate donations. Yet he gets lots of media support from Rawlco and other big media here, so he enjoys a bizarrely high approval rating.
This oaf, this Luddite, wants to start opening Saskatchewan back up while people around the world are dying in record numbers, so that people can go play golf. Yes, you read that right, golfing is one of the first public activities being allowed. Soon you can go hit the links with your buddies, and instead of dying on the fairway of a heart attack or lightning strike, you can die two weeks later in hospital from the plague, after giving it to your family.
Our doctors and scientists are fighting a battle around the world, to conquer COVID-19 before it mutates and remains a perpetual threat like polio and Smallpox once were. To give us our best chance, we need to all limit the spread as much as humanly possible for 1 year. It should be no surprise that Moe wants to undemine scientists and say its possible to break physics and chemistry rules. We know that gets people killed. He’s a climate crisis Denier too. That’s what they do.
It's easy to get people to come together in common sacrifice in the middle of a war. It's very hard to get them to do so in a pandemic that looks invisible precisely because suppression methods are working. But that's exactly what we're going to have to do. /end
When the US went to war in Iraq for the second time, they said it would be a quick victory. It’s dragged on almost 2 decades, and Americans put up with it. Meanwhile, scientists say we can have vaccines for SARS-CoV-2 in less than 18 months. We can’t fight the biggest plague of our lifetime (hopefully) for a fraction of the time and effort put into defeating so called terror?
Frisbee golf is closed in Wascana Park
Government of Sask is sending people onto thin ice
This has been obvious to me for most of the last decade, after it became clear that good information was never going to win over enough people, because disinformation had already corrupted too many. https://t.co/jbwxnjMkB2
Imagine an Alberta government not under investigation for election fraud?
One that doesn’t fire tens of thousands during a pandemic so Ottawa can pay them instead? A provincial government which doesn’t bail out sub-$4/barrel oil to the tune of billions, while cutting doctors’ pay.
UBI Universal Basic Income would allow people to stay home, and flatten the curve of infected plague carriers during a lockdown, and would save thousands of lives this year. Lots of climate change mitigation efforts save millions of lives in nebulous other years, but UBI saves people TODAY. What in the GD Hell are people arguing against it for? They hate people surviving if they didn’t directly earn less money than most people pay in taxes in half a year?
If you want to read something funny about bad people, here it is. Climate activist and hero Greta Thunberg is in Calgary and on her way to Edmonton for a climate strike on Friday, and the Premier is flipping out. He’s one of the hypothetical middle age white guys threatened by a 16 year old girl bearing science data and a powerful message.
City planners Ezra, Sarah, Jill, and Breanna were out on a Passion for Planning Day site tour and look who they bumped into! pic.twitter.com/UqFsl5thoQ
What’s that mean? You’ve heard the Con Premiers like Ford and Moe and Kenney are all threatening Trudeau, saying if he doesn’t do impossible things for the oil industry (because it’s rightfully dying), he’s threatening national unity because the Con Premiers will try to break away from Canada to have their own Petrostate?
The whole purpose of the $30 million dollar “war room” is so Kenney can intervene in the federal election on behalf of the federal Conservatives – with taxpayer dollars and no oversight. #ableg
It’s all part of the Conservative Party of Canada’s effort to exceed election spending limits. Kenney in Alberta is throwing $30,000,000 away on an “energy war” room to target environmentalists and other sane people who care about our planet. Basically it’s a way to funnel more money to crackpot media like Rebel, and climate change denial media like POStmedia. Their theory seems to be that if they can spend provincially, as a government, their ads indirectly supporting Scheer will translate into votes for him without running up the finite election spending limit federal parties face.
Chief Electoral Officer Stéphane Perrault cautioned that even if he recommends parliament look at the issue, regulating provinces would be very complex. #cdnpoli
It's basically the crux of the argument around the #carbontax court challenges too. Our Confederation didn't count on having unscrupulous Premiers across the country all owned by Big Oil and launching a coordinated attack on a federal government for the benefit of an oppo party.
The purpose of the War Room is the correct kind of socialism; sending $30M in government money that was earmarked for children's school lunches directly to fringe conspiracy theorists, fake oil sands campaigns, and Andrew Scheer's re-election fund.#ableg
Unrelated, the Bare Naked Ladies song $1000000 mentions John Merrick.
“I’d buy you John Merrick’s remains”
Just read this story today about John Merrick. How strange I was at the Royal London Hospital just last week and discovered the Hospital Museum, where I took the photo attached in the comments: #coincidencehttps://t.co/1DddhikfcJ