Wednesday, October 8, 2008

National Post Story

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Oil patch's unlikely ally

A prominent U. S. civil rights group wants Alberta's energy

Kevin Libin, National Post
Published: Wednesday, October 08, 2008

CALGARY -It helped lead the Montgomery bus boycotts, when Rosa Parks was ordered to move to the back. It organized the Freedom Rides, as white and black students defied discriminatory laws on interstate travel. It orchestrated sit-ins at segregated lunch counters; the March on Washington, when Martin Luther King said he had a dream; and black voter-registration drives in the face of Southern Jim Crow laws -- where three of its young members were notoriously murdered by the Klan, as depicted in the film Mississippi Burning. And this week, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), one of America's oldest and largest civil rights groups, is bringing its battle for social justice to a new, unlikely front: Alberta.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Financial Post Story

Climate change NOT caused by CARBON! CARBON EXONERATED!

8/30/2008 12:00:00 AM

Why I recanted

'There is no evidence to support the idea that carbon emissions cause significant global warming'

David Evans, Financial Post
Published: 8/30/2008 12:00:00 AM

I devoted six years to carbon accounting when I built models for the Australian Greenhouse Office. I am the rocket scientist who wrote the carbon accounting model (FullCAM) that measures Australia's compliance with the Kyoto Protocol, in the land use change and forestry sector.

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Saturday, July 26, 2008


An Open Letter to my Cousins in the West and Readers in General:

I think you are probably taking the overwhelming amount of anti-climate change material on the windbag site as what I believe.

I believe when you tell me, that you and Barrie see differences in the fish species. I believe that we are in a general warming trend although not as great as thousands of years ago.

My site is an attempt to bring out the other side of the issues which do not except for the National Post, get a fair hearing. For example, to call someone a "climate change denier" is like calling someone Ernst Zundel [the Canadian who denies the holocaust]. What I see is OVER-emphasis on man's ability to change the temperatures. I don't deny what the temperatures are, just the cause.

We may have a small part to play, but when you look at how nature changes temperatures so quickly and easily with volcanoes and islands being born in the sea and so on, I question how puny man can even compete.

And the only reason I do question man's influence is because noted and well-known climatologists etc. have questioned man's influence and given convincing reasons as to their opinion. Unfortunately we are on such a temperature-rising bandwagon, they are dismissed or overlooked, not listened to in the crowd of yelling panic-mongers.

So I am simply attempting in my small way, to air the other side.
I have heard examples like how many glasses of water would you have to pour into the Pacific Ocean to raise the level 1 mm? That is what the many experts point out about temperature.

It never hurts to do everything we can for our environment. Back in 1970 when I took Biology, I read Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring", a classic on how pesticides etc. were soon going to kill off all birds and there would be silent springs from then on.

I read The Population Bomb (1968), a book written by Paul R. Ehrlich about overpopulation which claimed by the year 2000 [which was about 30 years away at the time], the earth would have so many people that there would be massive famines the likes of which we have never seen and people dying in masses due to too many people living in a crowded world.

Well the alarmists such as the two above, made us think, and we stopped a lot of pollution going into our lakes and rivers so that the Lake Ontario salmon once again is present in ever-increasing numbers. Lake Erie has seen a return of trout and bass.

So the alarmists serve a purpose, just like the alarmists regarding the year 2000. They make us take notice and change things and examine program code and re-write it. Some good things happen. Then we look and say it was all a big sham, "Look nothing happened! 2000 came and went!" True but it was partly because the alarmists made people take a closer look which prevented the problems.

However if you look at the predictions of the alarmists they are invariably wrong. We still have birds and no silent springs. We have even more population than the population-warners estimated and actually food is more evenly distributed and the poor are getting richer around the world. Oh it is never fast enough. But the dire warnings of calamity have come and gone like a horror movie.

So it is always good to listen and work at making things better, right?
But to shake up our society with drastic measures and carbon taxes and create even greater burdens on the poor and middle class is NOT an idea I agree with.

Have I made myself clearer?

Anyway Lorrie, as your father-in-law rightly observed, "everyone is entitled to their own ridiculous opinion" is a good policy.

So I wish you well with your "spring" and "mud" investments. Is someone who really gets into the white mud stuff called a "mudder"? [as opposed to a fadder?] Sorry Lorrie, just couldn't resist that one.

I really enjoy keeping in contact from time to time. It is sad to me on my side of the Wallingford's that they are all so scattered and living lives with no relationship with their own family tree. And of course the next generation won't even know the family tree at all. That is sad. However as the TV show, a few years back "Life Goes On".

And now an attempt at an early morning Irish Ontario prayer for the fishermen of the west.

May the ocean rise up to meet you
But not too high,

May the fish jump into your boat
before the hooks and nets are ready

May the sun always be at your back
but only when sailing north
at mid day

And may God bless you
with his greatest blessings.



Wednesday, May 21, 2008

National Post Story


5/21/2008 12:00:00 AM

Marx goes local

, National Post
Published: 5/21/2008 12:00:00 AM

The U. S. Democratic Party finds itself in an amusing quandary as its national convention, scheduled to begin on Aug. 25 in Denver, approaches. The Denver Post reported on Sunday that local caterers are having trouble adhering to environmental and health guidelines laid down by the host committee on the party's behalf. A request for proposals obtained by the Colorado paper indicates that fried foods will be banned, that all meals must be served on reusable or recyclable plates and that no individual plastic containers for drinks will be allowed.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

National Post Story


5/20/2008 12:00:00 AM

So much for 'settled science'

Lorne Gunter, National Post
Published: 5/20/2008 12:00:00 AM

You may have heard that global warming is now likely to take a break for a decade or more. There will be no more warming until 2015, perhaps later

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Financial Post Story

Population increases from 25000 to 40000!
Where are the over-population frenetics & fanatics when you need them???

Friday, May 16, 2008

The polar bears are doing fine

Peter Foster, Financial Post
Published: Friday, May 16, 2008

Today is Endangered Species Day in the United States. And what better way to celebrate it than the decision this week by the Department of the Interior to put the polar bear on the "threatened" list. No doubt this will provide another necessary jolt for eight-year-olds who have already become obsessed with climatic Armageddon after being forced to watch An Inconvenient Truth. But then who could forget Al Gore's little animated polar bear, paddling around desperately looking for a bit of ice on which to alight. Who could forget the following 2006 exchange between Mr. Gore and Oprah Winfrey, after showing the clip of the doomed creature:

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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

John Moore's Windbag-Energy Award Recalled

With this piece in the National Post, the Royal Commission on Windbag-Energy awards regretfully recalls the Windbag-Energy award presented to Mr. John Moore about a year ago. Unfortunately Mr. Moore has shown that he is NOT a fitting candidate, temporarily, or perhaps even permanently because of the article below. Read and weep and weep and weep and weep ....
SORRY JOHN, you are just not cutting it as an windbag-energy award winner if you continue this kind of rant!

John Moore on Canada's biggest mistake: A chronic state of baleful regret
Posted: April 14, 2008, 6:06 PM by Marni Soupcoff

Having been tasked with identifying what they think are Canada’s greatest mistakes, National Post columnists have produced a shopping list of policy errors, blunders and follies which each sees as pivotal sins of commission or omission in our country’s history. I tend to be more Jungian in my analysis. In my view our country’s wobbly progress and generalized angst stem not from any particular event but from a chronic state of baleful regret.

Essayist and clergyman Syndey Smith wrote “the regret for the things we do not do is inconsolable.” And certainly Canada’s continued collective wallowing over a few roads not taken has been the source of considerable and disproportionate sorrow.

The United States has always been a great swaggering dare devil of a country. It tries everything once and celebrates its greatest humblings. The sinking of the Maine, Vietnam and exploded space shuttles are trophies of the vicissitudes of risk to be appreciated the way Evil Knievel’s 200 broken bones were in their time. Canada on the other hand is like a sad sack retiree with a scrap book full of musty press clippings about the times he placed second or never tried at all.

Two events in Canadian history in particular have always prompted weary eye-rolling on this writer’s part. Both involve cancellation: the Avro Arrow and the CBC’s much vaunted This Hour Has Seven Days. Not a year goes by that someone doesn’t write a dreary lamentation on what might have been, as if the country’s entire hopes were extinguished the days an elegant aircraft and a somewhat snobby TV show were consigned to the scrap bin.

The more tedious of the two would be the TV show. This Hour was an admittedly lively weekly look at news, trends, current affairs and pop culture made giddy by innovative technology and the winking superiority of its hosts Patrick Watson, Laurier Lapiere, John Dranie and others. It is feted to this day as documentary television’s Citizen Kane though in reality it’s more like Orson Welles’ The Other Side of the Wind which is celebrated not for its cinematic achievements but for having gone missing.

I’m sure that This Hour had many fine points but surely no TV program is worthy of the four decades of Italian-funeral worthy ululation that followed this one’s cancellation. The lore is that the show was too controversial, a reputation that has flowered over the years such that This Hour is seen as a kind of Edward R. Murrow See it Now entity which so spoke truth to power that it was dispatched to the dungeons like a South-American dissident.

In reality, while This Hour was inventive and sometimes controversial, the ire it provoked was due more to its elitist cheekiness and tabloid antics than to its assault on privilege and power. Thanks to the fact that the very clique that thought This Hour was just too arch for the room dominated Canadian media for another thirty years, the show’s reputation and alleged persecution have been inflated to mythic proportions.

Far greater than the sucking nostalgia for a defunct TV show is the half-century of hand wringing over the cancellation of the Avro Arrow. Commissioned in the post-World-War-Two years and prototyped through the 1950s, the CF-105 was a cutting edge but by no means unique military aircraft. Though its scrapping has been represented as a kind of technological crucifixion the real story is a more banal affair of administrative pragmatism.

The Diefenbaker government nixed the Arrow not out of an obsessional hatred of everything hatched by the previous administration but because the wisdom of the day was that missiles would render military aircraft obsolete. There simply wasn’t enough money to pay for Bomarc missiles and the Arrow. While conspiracy theorists have wailed for years about the destruction of all prototypes, parts and blue prints, the shredding of everything related to the Arrow was due to fears of a Soviet mole which later turned out to be justified.

The Arrow’s bereaved disciples have spent the last 50 years manufacturing an alternative history in which the jet would have safeguarded Canada’s predominance in the aerospace industry. This ignores the fact that innovation in aerospace is measured in months not years not to mention that the last time I checked Canada was still doing just fine in aerospace development. The two dozen technicians and scientists who were spirited away to the U.S. Mercury program probably would have left anyway. Landing on the moon was a lot more interesting than flying Mach two jets over Lake Ontario.

This Hour has Seven Days and the Avro Arrow are swell stories but our inability to move on after so many years reflects a kind of dewy-eyed “I could have been a contender” mentality that is paralyzing to a country. They don’t represent a Canadian mistake. The inability to shake them off is.

— John Moore is host of the drive home show on NewsTalk 1010 CFRB. Outside of Toronto he can be heard at He looks forward to his e-mails from Patrick Watson and Laurier LaPierre.

Don't miss the other instalments in the Canada's Biggest Mistake series:

Lorne Gunter on deficit spending

Barbara Kay on multiculturalism

Yoni Goldstein on publicly funded university education

Jeet Heer on the Meech Lake accord

L. Ian MacDonald on the death of the Meech Lake accord

Colby Cosh on Newfoundland

Robert Fulford on anti-business cynicism

George Jonas on separatism, anti-Americanism and fence-sitting

Marni Soupcoff on the $7.5-billion Canadian governments lavish on the arts every year

Sunday, March 16, 2008

National Post Story

Global swarming? Like bees full of honey. Like a sunny day when the new queen takes her brood and flies off en masse to establish a new hive, a new colony, so are the days of our Global Swarming lives!

3/10/2008 12:00:00 AM

The media snowjob on global warming

Lorne Gunter, National Post
Published: 3/10/2008 12:00:00 AM

Just how pervasive the bias at most news outlets is in favour of climate alarmism -- and how little interest most outlets have in reporting any research that diverges from the alarmist orthodoxy -- can be seen in a Washington Post story on the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC), announced last week in New York.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

National Post Story

ICE AGE COMING caused by Global Warming?

2/25/2008 12:00:00 AM

Forget global warming: Welcome to the new Ice Age

Lorne Gunter, National Post
Published: 2/25/2008 12:00:00 AM

Snow cover over North America and much of Siberia, Mongolia and China is greater than at any time since 1966.

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