Wednesday, January 17, 2007

I Sure Didn't Know That

From the mouth of Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn as he announced money for the development of clean energy technologies:

Most Canadians probably don't realize that 80 to 85 per cent of all greenhouse gases that go into the atmosphere come from energy.

It's like he thinks he's speaking to little children. Here's another line that hovers at the edge of coherence:

Becoming more energy efficient is the largest untapped source of energy.

Although I imagine what he's trying to say here is that if you save energy, you have more energy...until you use that energy.... Or something.

On a serious note, it sounds like the new Green Plan is going to the Clean Air Act plus some Liberal programs that were cut in '06:

Lunn promised that the government is ready to get tough with the energy industry and said that the regulations laid out in the Clean Air Act, yet to be passed, will force companies to meet emission targets.

So intensity-based emissions targets and miserable time-times to get those into effect. Only the Tories would have the gall to refer to the year 2015, in a minority government situation, as "short-term".

1 comment:

EX-NDIP said...

85% of CO2 comes from energy . . . that is just not so.
Only a small percentage of the total CO2 in the world comes from HUMAN ACTIVITY . . . the vast majority comes from natural sources ie: volcanoes, animals, the oceans etc.

Here is a small sample of the side of the debate we almost never hear:
Appearing before the Commons Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development last year, Carleton University paleoclimatologist Professor Tim Patterson testified, "There is no meaningful correlation between CO2 levels and Earth's temperature over this [geologic] time frame. In fact, when CO2 levels were over ten times higher than they are now, about 450 million years ago, the planet was in the depths of the absolute coldest period in the last half billion years." Patterson asked the committee, "On the basis of this evidence, how could anyone still believe that the recent relatively small increase in CO2 levels would be the major cause of the past century's modest warming?"
Patterson concluded his testimony by explaining what his research and "hundreds of other studies" reveal: on all time scales, there is very good correlation between Earth's temperature and natural celestial phenomena such changes in the brightness of the Sun.
Dr. Boris Winterhalter, former marine researcher at the Geological Survey of Finland and professor in marine geology, University of Helsinki, takes apart Gore's dramatic display of Antarctic glaciers collapsing into the sea. "The breaking glacier wall is a normally occurring phenomenon which is due to the normal advance of a glacier," says Winterhalter. "In Antarctica the temperature is low enough to prohibit melting of the ice front, so if the ice is grounded, it has to break off in beautiful ice cascades. If the water is deep enough icebergs will form."
Dr. Wibjörn Karlén, emeritus professor, Dept. of Physical Geography and Quaternary Geology, Stockholm University, Sweden, admits, "Some small areas in the Antarctic Peninsula have broken up recently, just like it has done back in time. The temperature in this part of Antarctica has increased recently, probably because of a small change in the position of the low pressure systems."
But Karlén clarifies that the 'mass balance' of Antarctica is positive - more snow is accumulating than melting off. As a result, Ball explains, there is an increase in the 'calving' of icebergs as the ice dome of Antarctica is growing and flowing to the oceans. When Greenland and Antarctica are assessed together, "their mass balance is considered to possibly increase the sea level by 0.03 mm/year - not much of an effect," Karlén concludes.

Here's a couple of good reads on the GW thing . . .

Fanatics, Heretics and the Truth about Global Warming

The Global Warming Inquisition and the Suppression of "Skeptic" Heresy