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Speaking to Variety Magazine recently, Leonardo DiCaprio said that the warm chinook winds he encountered while filming in Calgary were a terrifying reminder of the seriousness of climate change.
Of course Calgarians have loved the chinook since the city was founded in 1884, just as native North Americans living on the east slopes of the Rockies have for thousands of years!
Unfortunately, climate induced outbreaks of chinook-ish hot air from Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities are all too frequent.
A few years ago, Robert Redford said that Canada’s boreal forest was being cut down “at a terrifying rate.”Apparently Redford is very easily terrified! The red line encompasses the total oil sands deposits, and the green dot is the maximum area that can ever be mined. The mine-able area of the oilsands is less than 1 per cent of total oil sands area and about 1/5th of 1% of Alberta’s boreal forest.
In recent years, Redford himself has bulldozed trees on his property east of Salt Lake City in order to create building lots to be sold for nearly 2 million dollars each. Redford excused his hypocrisy by saying that he needed the money. His personal net worth is reportedly north of $200 million.
Singer Neil Young recently compared Fort McMurray to Hiroshima, Japan, thereby simultaneously, and gratuitously, insulting the people of Hiroshima and Fort Mac. Of course, if Fort Mac remotely resembled Hiroshima after the bomb it would be terrifying, but it doesn’t.
It’s a beautiful city in Canada’s massive boreal forest with a comparatively tiny industrial footprint. Imagine taking a close-up photo of your freshly dug vegetable garden; enlarging it and putting it on the internet. Without context it would appear that you had destroyed your property.
Other prominent climate change alarmists like James Hansen, formerly of NASA, (Hansen was called, by nearly 50 of his NASA colleagues: “an embarrassment to NASA”) and, Canada’s resident Saint, David Suzuki, (Suzuki thinks that politicians that don’t agree with him should be put in jail), are routinely quoted and lauded by newspapers and wire services. It’s past time for journalists to get back to doing their jobs.
In the dry spring of 2005, which followed a low snow winter like we seem to be enjoying this year, a prominent Alberta environmentalist said that if we didn’t get rain, it would be a dry summer. I remember saying to someone at the time: “For this you need a PhD?”
But by mid-May 2005 it had started to rain. It continued through June, and we ended up with the floods of 2005. So the learned PhD was right. It had rained a lot, and it became wet.
And then we had the big one in 2013.
For some perspective, here’s a quote from the Calgary Herald. “Communities along the Elbow River – particularly Elbow Park – were the most affected by the flood.”
Except, the quote is not about the 2013 flood, but from an article written 90 years earlier; June 2, 1923.
And even earlier than that, in the late 1800s, Calgary recorded two floods that were much larger than the 2013 flood, yet, predictably, the climate alarmists blamed the 2013 flood on “climate change” which they insist is now caused by humans burning fossil fuels.
So Leonardo et al., tell us what caused climate change and chinooks, 100, or or thousands of years ago?
Climate change isn’t terrifying because we can adapt, just as we have for thousands of years. What I find terrifying is that high profile celebrities like DiCaprio, Redford, Young, Hansen, and Suzuki, and our local climate gurus, go largely unchallenged when spouting their alarmist nonsense.
And they’re usually given a pass on their personal hypocrisy, like owning or using multiple homes, multiple cars, yachts, and private jets.
230 million people in India still live on less than two dollars a day, and their escape from poverty lies in cheap and abundant energy. In other words, fossil fuels.
Windbags like DiCaprio aren’t heroes; their sanctimonious grandstanding is hindering economic advancement around the world, and inhibiting the poorest of the poor in developing countries from achieving decent living standards.
They need to be called out, pointedly, and often. Anyway, that’s my perspective.
Best to all!
December 7, 2015
My little blue Ford Fiesta was due for an oil change, so first thing this morning I phoned my mechanic and he said, “Bring it over.” Gorgeous morning, and it was going to take a bit of time, so I decided to hike over to my local McDonald’s and have a coffee. And what did I see? A brand new Rachel Robot.
When the Alberta NDP – giddy with their trouncing of the PCs – decided to install the first plank in their rebuilding of Alberta into a Social Democratic Paradise, they announced that over three years the minimum wage would be raised to $15 an hour.
I wrote that what they had just done was tell a lot of “new to the job market” teenagers, and immigrants with minimal English language skills that, under Rachel’s rules: “Unless you can find a business willing to train you, and pay you $15 an hour, you will not be allowed to work in Alberta.”
Well, apparently we’re on our way. My local McDonald’s that I’ve been going to for 15 years, and which had exceptional counter service – which included mostly well trained teenagers – this morning had just two adults behind the counter, and two self-serve ordering kiosks.
Eventually – also according to Rachel’s rules – this will result in the creation of jobs. If you believe that, you are a natural-born nanny-statist.
Ms. Notley apparently does not realize that the world does not operate by Rachel’s rules but by Reality’s rules. Albertans, and especially those trying to get into the job market, will be in for a rude awakening unless she has a rude awakening. (And she might, because as Milton Friedman pointed out about 30 years ago, you don’t have to have the right people in political power to get the right thing done; you just have to create the right conditions so that even the wrong people will do the right thing. Re bill 6: “Go Farmers!”)
Now, it has been pointed to me that we have no officially socialist governments in Canada. The new name is Social Democrat. But fundamental socialist philosophy dictates that government has a responsibility to control the economy of a province, state, or nation. Old-time socialists like Tommy Douglas in Saskatchewan felt it was necessary for the government to actually own the means of production, and so at one time the people of Saskatchewan owned a shoe factory, just like back in the USSR!
Saskatchewan still owns a bus company which loses millions, but modern Social Democrats don’t generally feel it’s necessary to actually own businesses. They simply control businesses by regulation, which in practical terms results in the same thing; i.e., market confusion and socialist level efficiency.
As an ex-Saskatchewanian, I wrote about how well it all worked in a blog called Socialism Remembered, in which I pointed out that Socialism, or Social Democrat-ism – call it what you will – invariably kills jobs and opportunity, especially for young people. I apparently struck a nerve and the blog went viral. It’s still on my blog site at http://iwuz.me/2015/05/01/socialism-remembered/
Of course, shortly after that blog was written, the NDP took over in Alberta and the only question now is how much damage they can do in four years. At the pace they are setting, probably a lot!
Rachel Notley’s New Democrats don’t own McDonald’s, or his farms, or the oil industry, but they are rolling out ideologically based rules – call them Rachel’s Rules – that will result in Alberta experiencing an old fashioned, Saskatchewan-like stagnation, or exodus, and probably both. I predict that moving van companies and luggage kiosks will do well!
At least that’s my perspective.
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Bill Six? That’s a question that a lot of city dwellers might not be able to answer. But actually, it’s an NDP government piece of legislation called Bill 6, and it’s clear that what it means to the agricultural community that it’s aimed at, is a question that the government can’t answer either.
The NDP says that its purpose is to provide the same health and safety protections to farmworkers as are provided to industrial workers. But are farmworkers and industrial workers the same? I don’t think so.
Alberta’s NDP is a union government. I don’t mean that they are generally supported by union members, or that they are somewhat favourably disposed to unions. I mean that Rachel Notley’s NDP government is chockablock, top to bottom, made up of unionists, former union leaders, and left-wing activists. And of course the bureaucracy is unionized, and is mostly managed by ex-unionists. Talk about an alignment of the stars!
I always call myself an old farm boy from Consul, Saskatchewan, and while I’ve spent over 40 years in the city, my first 30, formative years, were spent on the farm. And boy was I naïve!
In 1963 I spent a few months in Calgary and discovered overtime. I worked at a car rental, and beginning in June they suddenly got really busy so they asked me to work longer hours. At the end of two weeks when I got my paycheck it was nearly double the usual number, so I went into the manager’s office and said they must’ve made a mistake.
The manager was quite amused and told me that I had worked over 150 hours the previous two weeks, and so they had not only paid me for the extra time, but paid me time and a half. Whoa! Dad needed to hear about this!
I ran into a more sobering side of unionism in the 1980s when our company developed a piece of equipment for one of the coal mines in British Columbia. I delivered the equipment and discovered that a minor adjustment had to be made so that it would fit correctly under the heavy haul trucks it was meant to service.
So I went to the tool crib, borrowed a pipe wrench, and turned a fitting a few degrees. Later, in his office, the shop supervisor – rather sheepishly – told me that I had nearly caused a “wobble” or mini strike because of what I’d done. Because, I’d done a plumber’s job! That was so far disconnected from the farm reality I’d grown up with that I still shake my head over it.
Because farmers must be truck drivers; tractor, combine, swather, and sprayer drivers; animal husbandry specialists; veterinarians; cowboys; carpenters, labourers, and yes, plumbers – all at once. Unionize that!
Paid farmworkers take agricultural jobs realizing that farming and ranching is a more dangerous occupation than accounting, or even carpentry, where – while you might climb on roofs, you do essentially the same thing every day. On the other hand, on a farm you might have to engage in half a dozen trades in the same day. But, that’s part of the appeal.
Unavoidably, farm children live more physically dangerous lives than most city kids, but they also live lives infinitely more engaged with nature and life’s reality than most city kids. I started driving a tractor when I was 10 years old, and was in 4H and responsible for raising a calf. But we didn’t have a TV until I was into my late teens, and video games were decades down the road, so I read.