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Matt Patterson notes Al Gore’s shrinking influence in the Washington Times Post:

The fortunes of Mr. Gore’s global-warming crusade certainly are in decline: A recent Rasmussen poll found that just 34 percent of respondents “feel human activity is the main contributor” to global warming and that the percentage of those who consider global warming a “serious issue” has “trended down slightly since last November.”

Mr. Gore himself is to blame for at least some of the public backlash against global-warming orthodoxy: Using bad science to justify bad policy will inevitably rub people the wrong way. And Mr. Gore has not helped his cause by consistently expressing outrageous falsehoods (“the debate is over”) and shamelessly trying to shield his assertions from legitimate criticism by claiming “settled science.” All the while, he has enriched himself and pushed a left-wing economic agenda.

Do Nobel Prizes come with a best before date?

 

…unless they’re Irish.

The Guardian newspaper picked this up recently, and it also makes an appearance in the most recent issue of Conservation magazine: people who purchase green products might be, on the whole, more likely to steal and cheat when given the chance.

This claim comes by way two researchers at the University of Toronto, who were probing a more widely known psychological phenomenon in which people who pat themselves on the back for a good deed often feel entitled to a bit of selfishness later on.

And also be careful with leprechauns.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Doesn’t it just warm your heart knowing that your electricity rates are going up so George Smitherman and his friends can party?

GREEN ENERGY ACT – CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF THE FEED IN TARIFF

Monday, December 07, 2009 from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM (ET)

Toronto, Ontario

Hosted By

George Smitherman

Event Details

It’s time to celebrate 

On May 14th, 2009 North America’s first comprehensive green energy legislation was passed right here in Ontario.

In doing so, Ontario sent a message to the world, a message that it intends to be the continent’s leading green jurisdiction by expediting the development of renewable energy and creating of a culture of conservation. Thanks to this landmark legislation, Ontarians will soon see the benefits of a growing green economy that will create and support the high-value jobs of tomorrow, while allowing everyone to participate in and profit from the generation and conservation of energy in the home, the workplace and our institutions.

On Monday, December 7th, 2009 please join all the people who helped make this idea a reality; the advocates who had the vision, the developers who believed in the projects, the manufacturers who supplied the product, the landowners who made it possible, and the lawmakers who made it a reality, as we celebrate the first of the Feed In Tariff contracts.

Please join George Smitherman, MPP for Toronto Centre on Monday December 7th, 2009 to celebrate this landmark step in Ontario’s Green Economy

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The Green Energy Act – Feed In Tariff celebration event takes place in downtown Toronto at The Steam Whistle Brewery’s historic Roundhouse at 225 Bremner Blvd.

Al Gore’s self-serving advocacy has always irked me. Now, even the New York Times is on to him.

Silver Spring Networks is a foot soldier in the global green energy revolution Mr. Gore hopes to lead. Few people have been as vocal about the urgency of global warming and the need to reinvent the way the world produces and consumes energy. And few have put as much money behind their advocacy as Mr. Gore and are as well positioned to profit from this green transformation, if and when it comes.

Critics, mostly on the political right and among global warming skeptics, say Mr. Gore is poised to become the world’s first “carbon billionaire,” profiteering from government policies he supports that would direct billions of dollars to the business ventures he has invested in.

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Mr. Gore has invested a significant portion of the tens of millions of dollars he has earned since leaving government in 2001 in a broad array of environmentally friendly energy and technology business ventures, like carbon trading markets, solar cells and waterless urinals.

 

Whatever its merits, wind generation has been greatly oversold by the hucksters whose livelihood now depends on diverting huge government subsidies toward them so their precious wind projects can compete with conventional forms of energy. Despite the ongoing efforts of climate alarmists and their media poodles to convince us otherwise, dramatically increasing the amount of energy generated by wind turbines is not only uneconomic but also bad public policy. Ultimately, wind will be proven to be about as effective a response to global warming as corn ethanol.

With regard to energy, Canada has nothing to be ashamed about. The carbon footprint of Canada’s energy production is among the cleanest in the world. Unlike the United States and most of Europe, the bulk of our energy production comes from hydroelectric and nuclear. We do not need wind.

The shortcomings of wind generation are becoming increasingly clear. As Jon Boone points out, wind is a bad choice from both an energy and environmental perspective:

Because of wind’s unpredictable variability, it can never replace the capacity of conventional generation. Twenty-five hundred 450-foot wind turbines, spread over five hundred miles, can mathematically offset a large coal or nuclear plant; but they cannot do so functionally–for what must happen when 5,000 MW of volatile wind is only producing 100 MW at peak demand times, a common occurrence?

This business is absurd. The whole point of modern power systems has been to move beyond the flickering flutter of variable energy sources. Prostituting modern power performance to enable subprime energy schemes on behalf of half-baked technology is immoral. As is implementing highly regressive tax avoidance “incentives” to make it appear that pigs can fly. No coal plants will be shuttered and little, if any, carbon emissions will be reduced as a result of this project—or thousands of them.

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Industrial wind projects will clearcut hundreds of acres, if placed on forested ridges. Even small 100 MW industrial wind parks would hover for miles over sensitive terrain, threatening vulnerable species while mocking endangered species protections–and scenic highways strictures. They will cause unlawful noise for miles downrange. They will devalue properties in the area as much as 50%, if they could sell at all. Dynamiting will threaten wells and aquifers.

 We would be wise to listen.

A lie from the mouth of a child is still a lie.

A provocative public awareness campaign is hitting the streets in 20 hotly contested federal ridings, urging voters to pressure the Harper government to do more to fight climate change on the eve of a major international summit in Copenhagen.

The campaign is spearheaded by several environmental groups that have analyzed election results to identify key neighbourhoods inside the ridings in Ontario and Quebec. They are also targeting young families with radio ads that feature a child who uses some colourful language to ask why parents aren’t doing more on climate change.

“Rising sea levels, scarier storms, famine and war. I mean, holy ship,” says the child in radio ads that will start airing on Tuesday in the federal battleground regions of Kitchener, Waterloo and London.

Despite restrictions on misleading advertising, such deception is apparently exempt from the Canadian Code of Advertising Standards. The environmental organizations that sponsor this drivel are in good company. After all,  the truth never stopped Al Gore.

The Wall Street Journal reports that the number of climate change skeptics is growing, even in the land of Gore and Obama.

The collapse of the “consensus” has been driven by reality. The inconvenient truth is that the earth’s temperatures have flat-lined since 2001, despite growing concentrations of C02. Peer-reviewed research has debunked doomsday scenarios about the polar ice caps, hurricanes, malaria, extinctions, rising oceans. A global financial crisis has politicians taking a harder look at the science that would require them to hamstring their economies to rein in carbon.

Yet that inconvenient truth has only heightened the sense of urgency, as well as the rhetoric.

Among the many reasons President Barack Obama and the Democratic majority are so intent on quickly jamming a cap-and-trade system through Congress is because the global warming tide is again shifting. It turns out Al Gore and the United Nations (with an assist from the media), did a little too vociferous a job smearing anyone who disagreed with them as “deniers.” The backlash has brought the scientific debate roaring back to life in Australia, Europe, Japan and even, if less reported, the U.S.

The jury is now out on who will be seen as the the real traitors in ten years time.

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