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10 Jan 2024 | News Roundup
  • This just in from the real world. The City of Edmonton, northern capital (53°N) of Canada’s oil-rich province of Alberta, went heavily for electric buses that didn’t work well in the city’s chilly winters. Not only is their range limited, but 60% are in the shop awaiting repairs but the firm that supplied them is bankrupt. And the punchline: they need diesel heaters on board. As a fed-up viewer comments, “I guess the Edmonton city council was not aware that Edmonton usually has cold weather from mid November to Mid March”.
  • This just in from Australia. An alert viewer notes an archived item from Vancouver, Canada in the Australian Cable Service dated May 29, 1934 blaring “HEAT WAVE. WHOLE WORLD AFFECTED. HEAVY CROP LOSSES.” It seems that “A blasting heat wave with the temperature around 100 swept the Western Canadian prairies again today” and much of the U.S., affecting “a third of the territory of the United States and Canada” and causing an estimated $1.5 billion in American crop failures. Which would be about $33.5 billion in today’s money. The accompanying story reports on a continuing drought affecting Europe, Australia, Canada and South America. Hmmm. An extended global drought without anyone blaming climate change. How odd.
  • Speaking of drought, another article announced “THREE consecutive years of drought… have had the natural effect of calling forth a plentiful crop of speculation from weather prophets and projectors, and half-instructed meteorologists, and all the philosophic tribe of Laputa in general, to whom the periodical press now affords such fatal facilities…. in the tabular statements of those compilers of weather records… every season is sure to be “extraordinary,” almost every month one of the driest or wettest, or windiest, coldest or hottest, ever known. Much observation, which ought to correct a tendency to exaggerate, seems in some minds to have rather a tendency to increase it. And many seem now to regard three dry hot years in succession as betokening some general change of climate, as if it was not perfectly certain, in the wide range of the table of what we call chances, that with our existing conditions of climate such a combination must every now and then recur.” Right. From the Pall Mall Gazette (via the Brisbane Courier) on Jan. 10, 1871. Practically “pre-industrial times” by the usual alarmist reckoning.
  • Oh, and here’s a big surprise. In Canada, Blacklock’s reports, “Cabinet’s billion-dollar carbon tax cut on home heating oil followed months of warnings from in-house pollsters, records show. Homeowners opposed the tax as costly and divisive in Atlantic Canada where 24 Liberal MPs are up for re-election.” See, nothing is more important to the PM than fighting climate change with his carbon tax, and since he can’t unless he wins elections, well, the carbon tax must be destroyed in order to save it.
  • More from the “Better than life” file: “Scientists have developed an innovative ‘electronic soil’ that significantly boosts crop growth, with barley seedlings growing 50 percent more when their roots receive electrical stimulation through this ‘eSoil layer.’” So new and better plants in new and better dirt. Naturally it’s peddled to help with climate change as well as population growth. Um, apart from the bit where someone has to generate all that electricity. Perhaps a lightning rod up on the castle roof, then electrodes down to the creature’s neck and…

One comment on “Tidbits”

  1. Now you know why they call it Redmonton!Perhaps the most conservative province at the provincial and federal level keeps electing lefties at their
    big city councils.Calgary is at least as bad.So much for the EV fans who claim their golf carts work great in cold winter weather.
    Got a laff at the last paragraph with the Frankenstein analogy!

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