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08 Nov 2023 | News Roundup
  • Here’s another typical Green New Deal-style flop. Parker Gallant notes that the Canadian federal and provincial governments boasted loudly of their subsidizing electric ferries to the tune of over $120 million to replace the diesel ones serving Wolfe and Amherst islands of Kingston, Ontario, including a press release “Ontario is building the first fully electric non-cable vessels in Canada with two new ferries to connect the mainland with Amherst Island and Wolfe Island.” Except um they were (a) built in Romania not Canada and (b) having arrived in 2021 they have… never worked.
  • Remember when we stupidly took care to keep ill people warm? Hoo hah. “Over 200 health journals call on the United Nations, political leaders, and health professionals to recognise that climate change and biodiversity loss are one indivisible crisis and must be tackled together to preserve health and avoid catastrophe. This overall environmental crisis is now so severe as to be a global health emergency.” Oh, and laugh good and hard at the old days when professional journals avoided activism, because that one’s in the formerly venerably British Medical Journal and is signed by a whole string of medical journal editors-in-chief.
  • Remember when people tried not to move in herds? Also hoo hah. Now here’s the New England Journal of Medicine: “As the burning of fossil fuels continues to cause health hazards like air pollution, it is also the primary driver of the climate crisis. The health care sector has a responsibility to urgently respond to the accelerating impacts of record temperatures, extreme weather events, and rising sea levels that are contributing to a full-fledged public health crisis across the globe.”
  • AP reports that “John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people’s anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made, has died.” Of course he also drew praise. Just not from anyone AP knows. In a society that claims to revere those who challenge prevailing opinions and social structures, you’d think they could have written the line, especially in an obituary, as “and later showed principled courage by challenging conventional wisdom on climate”. Never mind, we’ll write it for them.
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose entire climate policy seems to be unraveling due to a crudely partisan suspension of his vaunted carbon tax on home heating oil but only in a handful of politically-vulnerable ridings, resorts to his usual trick of using the word “continue” to pretend his actions up to now have been a glittering success: “I think Canadians are deeply, deeply concerned about the need to continue to fight climate change in ways that makes life more affordable for them.” If it made life more affordable, they wouldn’t be threatening to toss out your MPs because of it, now would they?
  • It no longer looks just like coincidence, as organisers with Canada’s anti-global-warming David Suzuki Foundation help organize pro-Hamas sit-ins at the offices of Canadian Members of Parliament.
  • Speaking of the Suzuki Foundation, Canada’s state broadcaster mewls that “Raising children amid climate crisis requires personal and political action, activist says” and of course it’s “Severn Cullis-Suzuki, David Suzuki Foundation executive director”. And no subsidy is too high to produce that kind of bold, counterintuitive journalism… so the CBC gets about $1.3 billion a year in public funds for its minimal audience share.

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