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BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Alberta Climate Plan: Is Ezra Levant Right?

Not when he says the oil companies don’t represent the oil companies, but in his generally negative attitude towards the whole thing?  Well, let’s play Devil’s advocate for a minute.  What does Alberta get from the rest of the planet for… . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: The Alberta Climate Plan: Is Ezra Levant Right?

The Disaffected Lib: As I Stare at My Smoke-Clouded Sky, a Thought or Two About Tipping Points

A tipping point isn’t that instant when water begins pouring over the canoe’s gunwale.  The tipping point is actually before that, when the canoe is heeling over and can’t be stopped.  It’s summer time. Get in a canoe and try it.  There’s a brief moment, perhaps not more than a second or two, when . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: As I Stare at My Smoke-Clouded Sky, a Thought or Two About Tipping Points

BigCityLib Strikes Back: IPCC Chair Rajendra K Pachauri Steps Down

The right thing to do, whatever the truth of the sexual harassment charges against him.  And in this case it was starting to look like there might have been some fire under all that smoke.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Arctic Gateway Route Relies On Global Warming To Thin The Ice

Stymied by opposition on the West Coast, the Alberta government has prepared a technical report outlining the possibility of an “arctic gateway” as an alternative means of getting their bitumen to market.

The entire report can be found here.  And below is a graphic showing some of the proposed routes out. (Note: click on the images for . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Arctic Gateway Route Relies On Global Warming To Thin The Ice

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Mark Steyn Hires A Spy

As my readers may know, conservative political commentator Mark Steyn is in some legal trouble, having gotten himself sued by climate scientist Mike Mann.  While we should be careful to judge these things before they are done, it is fair to say that things are not going well for Mr. Steyn.  His legal arguments have . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Mark Steyn Hires A Spy

BigCityLib Strikes Back: UK Climate Change Deniers Forced To Clean Up Act?

The GWPF  are an organized group of  AGW denialists based in the UK.  They are fronted by the notorious Benny Peiser,  and are known more widely  for the fact that one of their money men  and spokespeople is Nigel Lawson, dad to the sweet and buxom Nigella.

Earlier this year they were called out, by Bob . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: UK Climate Change Deniers Forced To Clean Up Act?

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Mann Vs. Steyn: Steve McIntyre Weighs In

I’ve written fairly extensively on the topic of Michael Mann’s defamation case against Mark Steyn. Earlier this month, having fired, or been fired by, his lawyers, Mark Steyn appealed to the Internet to help build a case for claiming that, when he described Michael Mann’s work as “fraudulent”, he was not accusing him of scientific . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Mann Vs. Steyn: Steve McIntyre Weighs In

The Disaffected Lib: The Cult of Living Large

2015, we’re told, is the year the developed world (that’s us) and the emerging economies (China, India, etc., etc., etc.) will close ranks to formulate an effective plan of action to fight climate change.  It’s going to be Kyoto on steroids, a true hallelujah moment, a meeting of minds, a global joining of hands, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: The Cult of Living Large

The Disaffected Lib: Cognitive Dissonance is a Lousy Political Platform, Even for the Liberals.

Cognitive dissonance occurs when an entity embraces two or more contradictory beliefs or values at the same time.  As social psychologist Leon Festinger showed, cognitive dissonance in an individual leads to psychological distress.  To cope, that individual or entity may simply block out information that contributes to the stress of dissonance.

Case in point.  . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Cognitive Dissonance is a Lousy Political Platform, Even for the Liberals.

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Global Warming Denier James Delingpole Gets Ass Booted Out Door

Word is the UK Telegraph (the Torygraph, as they call it) felt he was an embarrassment.  And of course, in his sign-off column he admits he knew nothing about science.  Something most of us figured out long ago.

Although I would also suggest he’s pretty ignorant even for one of us English grads.

. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Global Warming Denier James Delingpole Gets Ass Booted Out Door

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Copernicus Publishing Terminates Pattern Recognition In Physics

Here’s what you see when you go to the home page of the journal Pattern Recognition In Physics:

It looks like I may have been wrong about this being a first issue in my previous post.  It was still, however, a relatively new journal.

In any case, Kudos to Copernicus Publications.

. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Copernicus Publishing Terminates Pattern Recognition In Physics

BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Pattern Recognition In Physics

Pattern Recognition In Physics (PRP, I’ll call it) is a new, open access journal devoted to “experimental and applied aspects of pattern analysis, extraction, classification and clustering in all branches and disciplines of physics”.  This sounds quite sciency but may mean not very much when you parse it carefully.  Anyway, it’s published by Copernicus Publications, an . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: On Pattern Recognition In Physics

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Speaking Of Losing Your Lawyer: Mark Steyn Has Lost His in Mann v. National Review

A print-screen from a recently filed motion (its only two pages long):

One can only speculate.  But Steyn has, as Ezra Levant sometimes does, kept up with the abuse once proceedings have been launched against him.  For example last week on his N.R. blog.  Lawyers don’t like it when you make their job defending you more . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Speaking Of Losing Your Lawyer: Mark Steyn Has Lost His in Mann v. National Review

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kinder Morgan Pipeline: Might Be A Little Problem With That

Seventy-three per cent of the proposed new routing will follow existing rights-of-way. About 980 kilometres of new pipe would need to be constructed.

According to my calculations, Kinder Morgan will have to buy or otherwise gain access to a strip of land 311 long (about 186 miles) and probably about 50 or 60 meters wide, . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Kinder Morgan Pipeline: Might Be A Little Problem With That

BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Couple Of Polls On CDN Pipelines

From Forum, so FWIW:

A bit surprising, or at least other polls in B.C. have shown support for NG drifting upward.  And, nterestingly enough, opposition to the Keystone XL line is and remains much higher in Canada than in The United States.

. . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: A Couple Of Polls On CDN Pipelines

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tom Adams In Sun: Mostly Sane

There are bits of it I don’t agree with.  For instance, any fair reading of Ontario history would show that the province’s dalliance with gas power predates the Green Energy Act, and wasn’t  a conspiracy to cover-up (or “backstop”) the poor performance of its wind farms.

But most of it (meaning over half) is . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Tom Adams In Sun: Mostly Sane

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Northern Gateway Set To Heat Up

The National Energy Board (NEB) report on the project is set to be released by month’s end.  All the media hoopla around the release will occur…wait for it…in Alberta, with B.C., the province through which most of the pipe-line will run, made a mere spectator.  Assuming the NEB gives its approval, and Harper’s cabinet signs . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Northern Gateway Set To Heat Up

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Denier Down: Lindzen Retires

Climate change skeptic Richard Lindzen, most famous perhaps for arguing that global warming would be naturally offset by the Earth’s adaptive infrared iris ( a theory which has been pretty thoroughly discredited over the years) , has officially retired.  Perhaps, and hopefully, he will step away from various odd theories, but who knows he might take this . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Denier Down: Lindzen Retires

BigCityLib Strikes Back: 23 Seconds Of Truth

…on the tar-sands, from Alberta’s Municipal Affairs Minister Doug Griffiths.  Kooky boy thinks this will get the minister in trouble.  I don’t pretend to know the politics out there well enough to say.  But stay tuned for possible recantations.

Update: A warm-up to a recantation?  Will his career implode, or will he be forced to grovel . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: 23 Seconds Of Truth

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Jonathan Chait’s Puzzling Defense Of Keystone XL

He writes:

Keystone is at best marginally relevant to the cause of stopping global warming. The whole crusade increasingly looks like a bizarre misallocation of political attention.

My view, which I laid out in a long feature story last spring, is that the central environmental issue of Obama’s presidency is not Keystone at all but . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Jonathan Chait’s Puzzling Defense Of Keystone XL

BigCityLib Strikes Back: For Mac Mayor Talks Global Warming: B.C. Is Sinking And Alta. Real Estate Is Going UP UP UP

 Three-time mayor Melissa Blake on AGW:

“I’m a big believer that, yes, the climate is changing. If the climate goes up by two, three, four degrees in the future, we’re lucky to be here in Fort McMurray. We’re lucky not to be in California or BC. They’re going to fall in the ocean. In a . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: For Mac Mayor Talks Global Warming: B.C. Is Sinking And Alta. Real Estate Is Going UP UP UP

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Its David Rose

So its best to ignore him when he writes on the issue of Global Warming or, really, on any issue, but this bit:

The continuing furore caused by The Mail on Sunday’s revelations – which will now be amplified by the return of the Arctic ice sheet – has forced the UN’s climate change body . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Its David Rose

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Harper’s New Enviro Plan: Show Me The Money

…or, more precisely, the cuts in Carbon Emissions.  Simon Donner of UBC has it right: @tyler_bryant @StephenLeahy Right. Climate value of “trading” pipeline for GHG reduction elsewhere will depend on the numbers— Simon Donner (@simondonner) September 6, 2013

…which is to say that a deal is doable, if whatever Keystone XL produces by way of . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Harper’s New Enviro Plan: Show Me The Money

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Harper Government Enviro Plan: Do Anything But Regulate CO2

“As an Arctic nation, Canada profoundly understands the climate and public health benefits of reducing short-lived climate pollutants, such as black carbon and methane,” said Minister Aglukkaq. “I look forward to meeting with my international colleagues to advance the collective efforts of the CCAC.”

Canada’s North is especially sensitive to the effects of black carbon . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Harper Government Enviro Plan: Do Anything But Regulate CO2

BigCityLib Strikes Back: No Wonder Mark Steyn

…is considering a run for the U.S. Senate.  He may need an extra income source if Mike Mann’s defamation case against the National Review goes the way it appears to be headed:

“The Court finds that there is sufficient evidence in the record to demonstrate that Plaintiff is likely to succeed on the merits,” said . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: No Wonder Mark Steyn