The Grumpy Old Astronomer

Global Warming


The Grumpy Old Astronomer believes the following:
  1. All the scientific DATA and all the scientific STUDIES over the last few years point to an inescapable conclusion:
    - The Earth's atmosphere and oceans are warming up, and

  2. The probable cause points to humans pumping enormous quantities of Carbon Dioxide (and other "greenhouse gases")
    into the air, and

  3. Canadians should not be forced to freeze to death to pay for it!

Canada is a POLAR COUNTRY. (click my image below for a larger view)
From about October to March we in Western Canada HAVE TO heat our homes, buildings and vehicles or we bloody well freeze!
I know this. - In the winter of 1987-1988 I lived through 40 consecutive days of -40 degrees C (40 below F).
Our furnace ran continuously, and IF the car's block heater wasn't plugged in - IT WOULD DEFINITELY NOT START!






The {adjective deleted} Liberals and NDP have pledged a 30% reduction in Canadian CO2 emissions,
and backed it up with "Carbon Taxes" that the middle class can ill afford during the current
economic downturn and the unemployment crisis.


Want to see what that will mean to the global reduction in CO2? (click my image below for a larger view)




Can you see any significant reduction these Carbon Taxes on Canadians will make in the overall global CO2 Pie Chart??
Neither can I.




OK, Canada is a HUGE country with a small population.
So let's look at it from a PER CAPITA basis.
Maybe Canadians are just wasting all that energy heating their homes, schools and hospitals eh?





Can you see any significant reduction these Carbon Taxes on Canadians will make in the overall PER-CAPITA CO2 Pie Chart??
Neither can I.




Imposing these onerous Carbon Taxes on Canadians will make NO GLOBAL DIFFERENCE, and will cost Canadian taxpayers MILLIONS of dollars and perhaps hundreds or thousands of jobs.



OK, so maybe it's not CO2 that's the problem - maybe it's Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2)?
Maybe our electrical and fuel generation operations are just "dirty"?

So let's look at what NO2 generation looks like in western North America. (click my image below for a larger view)


Link1: http://m.earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=77283
Link2: http://www.npr.org/sections/krulwich/2013/01/16/169511949/a-mysterious-patch-of-light-shows-up-in-the-north-dakota-dark


It's the same result for NO2
And other countries like the US should clean up their act before calling the Oil Sands a big problem.
It puts out LESS NO2 than Boise, Idaho!!
Just look at the comparison above and ask how those Hollyweed Celebrities can possibly say we're worse than them?

Imposing these onerous Carbon Taxes on Canadians will make NO GLOBAL DIFFERENCE, and will cost Canadian taxpayers MILLIONS of dollars and perhaps hundreds or thousands of jobs.


So why are the Liberals and NDP doing this to us?


  1. The Liberals (Trudeau) want to "Feel Good" and make a "Big Impression" on the world stage.

  2. The Liberals had a tantrum when the Kyoto Agreement failed (miserably).

  3. The Liberals are determined to tax every Canadian so they can say they are Doing Something when, in fact, it will make no global difference until every other country worse than us starts doing something.

  4. The Liberals need money so they can pay off a tiny, tiny portion of the HUGE DEBT they are running up. (please note that a lot of this debt is incurred by their HUGE INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS which will, of course use a lot of construction equipment and create a lot more pollution.)

  5. The fing Liberals once lost an election to a Western Canadian based party and now they and their power-base seem intent on crippling our economy and then changing the election rules so that it can never happen again.



  6. The Socialist NDP want to give money away because "The Rich" have it and "The Poor" do not.

  7. The Socialist NDP realized it would be suicide to introduce a Provincial Sales Tax for the first time.

  8. So, the Socialist NDP decided to rename their "Wealth Re-Distribution Tax" to a "Carbon Tax" on the middle class, and then REDISTRIBUTE the money - not towards cleaning up Carbon (or NO2) emissions, but to give it to low income Albertans - who already can't afford the energy they need to live.

  9. The Socialist NDP decided to protect all those good Union Jobs in the coal industry that DO support their party, while targeting all those high-paid Oil Industry workers that DON'T support their party. I guess the pollution from coal plants isn't bad enough for them to give a -- I mean they don't care.

  10. Then as they see the Alberta economy collapsing, they fight for a pipeline to send Alberta's oil overseas to get revenue, and world pollution be damned!

  11. The Socialist NDP see no problem in introducing a double tax on Albertans because if it's a good enough tax-grab for the Federal Government, they want Even More Themselves!

Some Final Comments

  • I estimate that there's maybe a trillion dollars worth of cars, trucks, busses, boats, ships, trains, planes, scooters, snowmobiles, generators, and hundreds of other gasoline-powered vehicles and equipment in Canada. And I hear these stupid politicians saying we're going to "Get Off Oil".

  • So who is going to come up with a trillion dollars ($1,000,000,000,000.00) to replace all this stuff?

  • And will the old stuff be consigned to landfills? NO IT WON'T - it will be sold to other countries who will run it on gas.

  • So, we'll spend a huge amount of money (and energy) creating our "solar" or "wind" or "whatever" economy, PLUS, all the old equipment will just go someplace else! - That's a NET INCREASE in global pollution - NOT A DECREASE!



These two ill-conceived Carbon Taxes make me very grumpy!


The solution is: The biggest polluting countries have to make BIG CHANGES first, because changing Canada does diddley-squat to the world pollution situation!