Friday, July 04, 2008

EnvironMENTAL Freaks Friday

Everyone that bought a new LCD flat screen monitor and or TV to save money on electricity and to save the planet from the evil CO2 raise your hands. Now go give yourself fifty lashes you earth destroying evironMENTAL nightmare of a person!

Booming demand for flat-screen televisions could have a greater impact on global warming than the world's largest coal-fired power stations, scientists warn.

Let the ranting, raving and banning begin...

I wrote some time ago that Syncrude should have immediately sat down and wrote out a cheque for a million dollars and fire it off to Ducks Unlimited after the disaster at one of its tailing ponds that killed 500 ducks. Now it looks more and more like they will indeed be writing a million dollar cheque. Unfortunately it will be made out to the Alberta government instead to pay the fines levied against them.
The decision on charges against the company that operates the pond, Syncrude Canada Ltd., is expected to be made by the end of August, said Stewart.

“The maximum penalty for this under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act is a $1-million fine,” he said.

They should have taken my advice. It would have been great PR. This, not so much...

Speaking of dead ducks...
CALGARY — Federal Liberal Leader St├ęphane Dion rode into the heart of cowboy country Friday to lasso support for his green plan in a province that snorts at any whiff of the old national energy program. [...]

There is an understatement if I ever heard one...
[...] Mr. Dion's arrival coincided with the start of the Calgary Stampede — the annual 10-day celebration of cowboy culture in the heart of Canada's oil country. His visit raised some eyebrows even before he arrived. One political cartoon in a newspaper showed him on a spit roasting over a fire. “If Westerners are so upset, why have I been invited to so many of their barbecues?” read the caption. [...]

Read the rest here, if you care.

I hate to say "we told you so" but...
Biofuel production boosts food prices by 75%, report suggests
The production of biofuels has driven up food prices 75 per cent, according to an unpublished World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

In an article published Friday, the British daily cites a confidential report authored by Don Mitchell, a senior economist at the bank. The newspaper suggests the report has not been released so as not to embarrass U.S. President George Bush, whose government had suggested biofuels accounted for a three per cent increase in food prices.

"Without the increase in biofuels, global wheat and maize stocks would not have declined appreciably and price increases due to other factors would have been moderate," the report said, according to the Guardian.

The report also said changing diets in developing countries and a drought in Australia were not significant factors in driving up the price of food — which increased 140 per cent between 2002 and February 2008, according to the report.

Instead, a large-scale push in the U.S. and the European Union (EU) to convert food crops to biofuel has tightened supplies and raised financial speculation, said the report.
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What boggles my brain is that they needed to "study" this to figure it out. It was pretty obvious to anyone with a bit of common sense. Then again, common sense is not very common, especially in the environMENTAList community.

Getting back to Alberta's so called "dirty oil" from the tar sands...
It looks pretty damn clean to me!

If an environMENTAList dies in a tree in the forest, does anyone care?

Here is my advice... Do the exact opposite of what the fear mongering environMENTALists say and you cannot go wrong.

Have a great weekend!

Update:
This just in....
'Green rage' is hitting Brits All this fuss over so called global warming. Won't they be eating crow when it all falls apart in front of their false alters and prophets...

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