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A lot of my liberal or left leaning friends think I’m nuts for not liking our PM Justin Trudeau and this is a prime example of why…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley declared Sunday they would spend taxpayer dollars and flex their respective legislative muscle to ensure the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline is built over the objections of British Columbia.

Source: The Star

For someone who reaped a lot of praise for saying the right things about the environment, his actions have been the opposite.  Trudeau’s kept up Harper’s energy policy to a tee, promoting fossil fuels even though the future is renewable and it’s very disappointing.

Happy birthday babe!

Yay it’s Maggie’s birthday today and I’d like to wish her the best.  I won’t say how old she is, she won’t like that and this year I really couldn’t think about what to get her so I bought tickets to see the Blue Jays on Friday.  We’re not baseball fans but it’s something different and thought that she’d enjoy the experience, seeing sports in person is always more fun.

Also in a funny coincidence as if Tesla knew it was Maggie’s birthday, I got the email that our Model 3 is ready if we want the RWD version.

I’ve known the price for a while now as some of my friends who currently own Tesla’s have gotten their notice already and frankly I don’t know if we’ll go ahead with it any more as I don’t want to spend that much money on a car.  To some cars are a status symbol, toy or whatever but for me they’re purely utilitarian.  I was hoping with the long range battery and AWD that the car would top out at $60k but looks like that’s a pipe dream, I bet AWD adds another ~$10k to the price. 🙁

What to do, yeah it’s very cool and I love the technology but I just don’t want to spend that type of money on a car unfortunately.

This is really bad!

FFS climate change is real!  It’s still dark, the North pole gets no light yet will be above 0 in the middle of winter.

The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 21, and it’s close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the temperature warmed to the melting point as an enormous storm pumped an intense pulse of heat through the Greenland Sea.

Temperatures may have soared as high as 2 C at the pole, according to the U.S. Global Forecast System model. While there are no direct measurements of temperature there, Zack Labe, a climate scientist working on his PhD at the University of California at Irvine, confirmed that several independent analyses showed “it was very close to freezing,” which is more than 30 C above normal.

Source: The Star

I’d say typically I’m an optimist for most things however when it comes to this possible civilization ending problem, I have no faith that humanity will do what’s needed to save ourselves.  I’ll live to see the effects of climate change but Brandon and future generations will have to live through the worst of it, all so some corporations can make a bit more money right now.  Absolutely disgusting.

FFS Climate Change is REAL!

God damn it why aren’t people taking climate change seriously!  We’re destroying the Earth simply because a small number of people need to make this imaginary thing called money a bit longer…

By telling the story of one polar bear, Nicklen hopes to convey a larger message about how a warming climate has deadly consequences.

Polar bears have long been unwitting mascots for the effects of climate change. As animals that live only in Arctic regions, they’re often the first to feel the impacts of warming temperatures and rising seas.

The large, half-ton bears find concentrations of seals on sea ice. During summer months, it’s not uncommon for polar bears to go months without eating while they wait for Arctic ice to solidify.

In 2002, a World Wildlife Fund report predicted that climate change could eventually lead to polar bear endangerment or extinction. Even then, the report found that polar bears were moving from ice to land earlier and staying on land longer, unhealthily extending the bears’ fasting season. By the end of summer, most bears studied by the World Wildlife Fund showed signs of starvation.

Source: National Geographic

Sigh perhaps the human species really is a cancer to the planet.

5% chance of us dying off?!?

Holy fuck this is serious, we need to take the threat of climate change seriously!!!

A new study evaluating models of future climate scenarios has led to the creation of the new risk categories “catastrophic” and “unknown” to characterize the range of threats posed by rapid global warming. Researchers propose that unknown risks imply existential threats to the survival of humanity.

Source: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

1 in 20 chance of catastrophic or existential threat to humanity by 2050, absolutely insane why are we not focusing all our efforts on this…  Oh ya some companies need to make some more money while they can, you can’t make money anymore after all the humans die right.

Climate change is REAL!

Climate change is a potentially civilization ending issue that we’re not dealing with because the oil industry and its cancerous minions want to make a bit more money.  It’s wrong when people say we’re trying to save the planet, Earth and life will go on, whether we’ll be around or not though is another question.

I rather enjoyed this short documentary on the effects the Koch brothers have had on sowing doubt about climate change in the US…  The science is settled, it has been for decades but the oil industry is doing what the tobacco industry did previously to great success.

Stupidity upon stupidity

So by now I’m sure you’ve heard that Donald Trump has pulled the US out of the Paris climate accords and of course he would, he doesn’t give a shit about humanity or the future. I have to say I also LOL’ed when I heard VP Mike Pence say this…

“We’ve demonstrated real leadership. We’ve demonstrated real progress,” Pence said in an interview with Fox News late Thursday. “But for some reason or another, this issue of climate change has emerged as a paramount issue for the left in this country and around the world.”

Source: The Hill

Yeah dumbass we want to survive as a civilization!  Ugh the stupidity from Republican politicians knows no bounds, even if I grant that climate change is a farce which I don’t but for argument’s sake; it still makes sense to go renewable!  Once the infrastructure is in place the energy is essentially free ugh.

Park cleanup!

Last year when we did the spring park cleanup I remember sweating because it was so hot but this year it was pretty darn cold.  With that said and knowing we’d be outdoors for a few hours I bundled Brandon up with his winter clothing and I wore quite a few warmer layers too.  We also wore waterproof clothing in case the rain came but thankfully it held off.

The L’Amoreaux North Park is the one we always clean up and man this time around it was pretty disgusting.  I don’t know how people can simply throw out their trash in the woods or fields of such a beautiful park…

The kids did a great job at cleaning up the mess left over from others and thankfully there was nothing that was dangerous for the kids to pick up.  I’m almost always the odd one out since I’m always taking the picture but in the last one, that’s the only time it’s ever ok to stand take pictures standing in front of garbage. 🙂

WHAT?

We’re doomed…

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Thursday that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a “primary contributor” to climate change.

“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” Scott Pruitt said on CNBC Thursday morning from an oil industry conference in Houston, where he plans to speak.

Source: The Hill

It’s absolutely insane that someone like this leads the EPA, there’s a consensus by scientists that climate change is a real threat to our civilization but because a few more bucks can be made in the short term, who gives a shit about the future.  

Wow go China!

China’s success with renewable energy should be an inspiration to the world and it appears like when green energy is ready for prime time, that we’ll be buying the technology and goods from them.  As I’ve told my conservative friends many times in the past, this is why you subsidize emerging technology yes it may be expensive to implement now but it would have been better to be the leader and sell our technology than to buy someone else’s.  Sigh short term thinking that’s always their problem…

In 2016, Chinese coal consumption fell for the third consecutive year, Beijing reports, while it installed almost twice as many solar panels as it had in 2015, which was also a record-setting year. Beijing projects both trends will continue in 2017.

China’s solar installation target for 2020 is likely to be achieved in 2018, which as Greenpeace’s Energy Desk noted in January, is “a pretty impressive feat given that the target was set only a couple of months ago.”

All of these policies have helped make China a new global leader in climate action, as their own CO2 emissions have plateaued and declined since 2013.

Source: ThinkProgress

The bold emphasis is mine.  While the Western world is spewing out CO2 like there’s no tomorrow and saying China & India have to be on board or else there’s no point in trying to combat climate change, China has taken the lead and its CO2 emissions are actually declining!

President Trump scrapped Obama’s climate change plans and Canada is no better, our internationally “impressive” PM Justin Trudeau is maintaining Harper’s fossil fuel policy, great…