Environment Canada’s five-year science strategy includes looking into “climate-altering technologies” to deliberately alter the atmosphere and block out the sun.
The plan, outlined in the “Science Strategy 2024 to 2029” document from Environment and Climate Change Canada, signals the department’s near-term approach to research.
The Liberals believe renaming their ‘Climate Action Incentive Payments’ as ‘Canada Carbon Rebates’ will satisfy the national disgust about what carbon taxes have done to daily life. The carbon tax is, after all, nothing more than a disincentive penalty fine for choosing the wrong behaviour — as decided by the NDP-Liberals. That is, one is supposed to be recoiled by the fine and choose what they consider a more socially accepted environmental lifestyle. We buy alternatives, and don’t use the products we need because they are now too expensive. Thus are we fined and penalized into environmental virtue.
The problem is there are few alternatives. Since petroleum is the reason we have an advanced civilization, the virtue-signalling about living green without oil is disingenuous. Perhaps as technology develops, our society might move away from burning oil or natural gas.
However, not in this century.
The Biden administration is set to finalize gas-powered automobile standards that critics say amounts to a de facto electric vehicle mandate — although it would still be lower than Canada’s.
In April of last year, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed vehicle pollution standards designed to ensure 67% of all cars in the Lower 48 are electrified by 2032.
Although the target date has been extended by two years, the overall target is 17% higher from the original 50% by 2030.
On the weekend, both the New York Times and Washington Post reported the EPA is set to submit the proposals to the White House Office of Management and Budget for final review.
The numbers don’t lie.
Removing the carbon tax from home heating bills in Saskatchewan shaved almost a full percentage point off its inflation rate, Statistics Canada numbers show.
According to the government reporting agency, Saskatchewan’s consumer price index fell to 1.9% in January from 2.7% the month before, below the Bank of Canada’s 2% target.
That compared to 2.9% for Canada as a whole and 3.4% in Alberta — which was the only province to see a jump.
Reading about Cressida Gethin, the latest Just Stop Oil protester to be convicted of causing a nuisance, I found myself thinking of the strange days when British débutantes, young women making their first appearance in upper-class society, used to curtsey to a cake. I also thought of their other odd rituals, such as the parlour game, ‘Are You There, Moriarty?’, as splendidly showcased recently in Netflix’s One Day. Such customs appear perfectly reasonable to the ruling class, while utterly insane to the rest of us.
It is common nowadays to hear talk of ‘the elites’, especially ‘the global elites’. On the one hand, these phrases seem to refer to Bill Gates, George Soros, Larry Fink, Klaus Schwab and other Bond villains, plus the figures who play Oddjob to Goldfinger – accredited sidekicks and secretaries like Joe Biden, Ursula von der Leyen, Anthony Fauci, Tedros Ghebreyesus and Gary Lineker. One the other hand, they refer to the entire higher educated class of professionals, teachers and administrators, the class of ‘nowheres’ as distinguished from ‘somewheres’ (David Goodhart) or ‘uppers’ as distinguished from ‘downers’ (Ferdinand Mount), or ‘democrats’ as distinguished from ‘deplorables’ (Hillary Clinton). This is confusing, but it makes sense. There are extremely powerful figures operating at a high level of influence. And then there are the enforcers. And then there are the jobsworths.
Last October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a three-year carbon tax exemption for heating oil in the Maritimes. To finance this relief, Ottawa reduced carbon tax rebates for small businesses from 7% to 5% of total revenues. As of the current date, the federal government owes entrepreneurs more than $2.5 billion.
The Transportation, Infrastructure and Communities Committee unanimously passed a Conservative motion for Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault to appear as a witness within two weeks, following his controversial comments that the federal government would no longer invest in road infrastructure.
“We believe that this committee needs to discuss this matter on an urgent basis,” Conservative MP Mark Strahl, who introduced the motion, said at the outset of the Feb. 21 committee meeting. “These were comments that were given to a conference. These were prepared remarks by the minister of the environment designed to send a message to Canadians.”
The wind industry has taken a beating, both from a public relations and financial standpoint, in recent years as the claimed 25-year life spans of its turbines has in reality come in at just 7-10 years before having to be replaced. A similar issue has plagued the enormous blades the turbines turn.
This has had the impact of significantly increasing the operating costs of the wind farms, as well as creating a mushrooming waste disposal issue that neither the industry nor state regulators were prepared to deal with. As a result, we’ve ended up being bombarded with photos of massive wind graveyards popping up all over the place, like the two gigantic on the outskirts of Sweetwater, Texas, one of which is pictured here.
More recently, news has begun to pop up that operators and manufacturers in the solar industry are now seeing premature ageing of their solar inverters and panels. Utility Dive reported in October that first- and second-generation solar farms in the US are running into a bit of a “midlife crisis.”
You may have seen the story a few weeks back about the eco-fanatics over in France who entered the Louvre, approached the Mona Lisa and sprayed soup all over its protective glass barrier as part of what they called a “food counterattack”. The West’s “agricultural system is sick”, they proclaimed, something which meant that “Our farmers are dying at work”.
Cynics might say the true reason so many European farmers are actually dying at work at the moment is because they keep on committing suicide in their barns on account of wrong-headed and ruinous EU-led attempts to force the “sick” agricultural patient in question into ruder green eco-health via mountains of unsustainable bureaucracy and other such quasi-Marxist faff, but the protesters did not agree. “What is more important?” they asked. “Art or the right to healthy and sustainable food?”