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24 Jan 2024 | News Roundup
  • The WEF creates an online Global Collaboration Village, apparently unaware that Marshall McLuhan thought the “global village” was a place inhospitable to rational thought. And it includes an Arctic Camp. On the one hand, we do applaud people who claim to worry about carbon footprints for using digital technology to meet and travel virtually. But on the other, we feel that creating your own semi-convincing Arctic that is melting because the real one won’t cooperate could be described as deceitful.
  • The Atlantic’s “Weekly Planet” joins the assault on military emissions with a declaration that “Military Emissions Are Too Big to Keep Ignoring” which was hard to believe even before they added “The world is finally talking about them.” Oh, the world is, is it? Well, sort of as in no. Instead “A line in the UN’s 2023 ‘Global Emissions Gap Report’ noted that emissions from the military are ‘likely nontrivial’ but remain ‘insufficiently accounted [for]’ under current reporting standards.” A line. Oh, and “The European Union put out a call to include military emissions in national net-zero targets in its COP28 resolution.” Most of them have no effective military anyway. Unlike China whose government has been strangely silent on the matter.
  • Our grid is in the best of hands. Faced with recent cold weather and the very real danger it presented to Canadians, far greater than any heat wave, “Francis Bradley, CEO of the industry association Electricity Canada, said ‘there is virtually nowhere the electricity grid isn’t vulnerable to the rising severity and duration of climate change-related extreme weather.’” Right, that’s the problem, not the rising severity and duration of government incompetence and delusions about what’s happening and how to fix it.
  • In case you were still clinging to a vestigial trust in the media, Bloomberg reported that Mark Carney is now its board chairman. Yes that Mark Carney, apparently not sufficiently busy already as “the United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action and Finance and Co-Chair for the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero…. an external member of the Board of Stripe, a member of the Global Advisory Board of PIMCO, a member of Harvard University’s Board of Overseers, and serves on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Board”, not to mention “Chair of Brookfield Asset Management and Head of Transition Investing” in which role he focuses on “development of products for investors that will combine positive social and environmental outcomes with strong risk-adjusted returns.” So a man whose fortune turns on the green transition is now in charge of a large media organization that reports on whether the green transition is a great idea or not. In case you start noticing a bit of a slant.
  • Our “hypocrite of the week” award goes to the New York Times for a pretentious list of 52 must-see places in 2024 nearly all of which will require jet airplane travel even if we grant that their well-heeled leftist subscribers might, in theory, drive to the “Craters of the Moon” in Idaho or “Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni” in Arizona.
  • No, wait. It goes to Canadian deputy PM and spendthrift Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland who boasted of not having a car and taking transit or her bike around Toronto, one of whose posh ridings (University-Rosedale, no less) she represents in Parliament, only to have an Access to Information request unearth thousands of dollars in expenses for limousines and taxis.

3 comments on “Tidbits”

  1. Carney is likely staying busy spreading his climate and monetary omniscience throughout the Institutional big boy tables while waiting for his call from the Laurentian Elite to replace Trudeau.

  2. Climate hypocrites abound everywhere!Doesn't say here,but I'd also bet Mark Carney takes limos and taxis everywhere.And has never seen the inside of a public transit vehicle.

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