Whistler Tries to Extort Money From Oil and Gas Companies – It Does Not Go Well

Whistler ski resort makes a mess of climate extortion.

The oil and gas portion of an investors conference in Whistler has been scrapped after the resort town’s mayor demanded fossil fuel companies pay for costs associated with climate change.

Mayor Jack Crompton posted a video apology to Facebook on Thursday after Postmedia reported on his letter to Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.

“I sincerely regret that anyone felt unwelcome here,” he said. “We recognize there are hundreds of thousands of Canadians who work directly and indirectly in the oil and gas sector and they are very proud of the work they do.”

In the letter, Crompton asked CNRL pay a “fair share” of the town’s “costs of climate change,” including part of a $1.4-million wildfire protection budget.

But the apology hasn’t stopped investors from cancelling their trips to Whistler for the 21st annual CIBC Whistler Institutional Investor Conference in January, and Postmedia has learned CIBC has cancelled the oil and gas sector’s part of the conference.

“The Canadian energy industry has been a global leader of responsible energy development,” CIBC said in a statement. “We are committed to our clients in the energy sector as they play a key role in driving the Canadian economy.”

Crompton acknowledged in his apology how the resort community depends on fossil fuels and said Whistler has “a responsibility to respond to the climate change challenge ourselves, and do it locally.”

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Climate Change Is Destabilizing Volcanoes or Climate Change Could Wake Up Canada’s Dormant Volcanoes

Interesting video about volcanoes and glaciers “starring” scientists from my alma mater.

I know the video is from the left-wing climate doom peddling CBC and it is quite shameful they use headlines implying climate change could “wake up” volcanoes.

I’ll concede that volcanoes can effect glaciers. But everything else is doom mongering.

A much better version of the story (from 3 months ago) is here.

“Researchers knew that fumaroles likely existed on the mountain — there had been reports of a sulphur-like smell near the mountain for years, not to mention hot springs in the area—but now, with the glaciers retreating, it seems they had emerged from beneath the snow and ice.”

 

Heating with Natural Gas vs. Electricity in BC (Canada)

Update/Correction: The author of the blog post noted in one list:

BASIC CHARGE ($0.4065/day) = 148.37

And didn’t carry it the list with the total.

And the delivery charge is 4.296 per GJ = 429.60 (100GJ for the year)

  1. DELIVERY CHARGE = $429.60
  2. BASIC CHARGE ($0.4065/day) = 148.37
  3. STORAGE AND TRANSPORT = $75.80
  4. COST OF THE GAS = $154.90
  5. MUNICIPAL OPERATING FEE = $20.40
  6. CARBON TAX = $173.82
  7. CLEAN ENERGY LEVY = $2.64
  8. GST = $42.73

GAS total corrected to: 1048.26

Not quite as dramatic a difference … but still huge.

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Great blog article comparing Heating with Natural Gas vs. Electricity in BC

The conclusion: Gas Wins at 1/4 of the price.

You pay more in GST for electricity than the actual cost of the gas.

 

A typical home in the southern interior will use 100 GJ (or 27,778kWh)  of energy to heat for a year. Smaller homes and more efficient furnaces can improve on this number, as can global warming because of warmer winters. Bigger homes or poorly insulated homes will use more.

Assuming that you require 100 GJ of heat for your home for the year, your gas costs will be:

  1. DELIVERY CHARGE = $42.96
  2. STORAGE AND TRANSPORT = $75.80
  3. COST OF THE GAS = $154.90
  4. MUNICIPAL OPERATING FEE = $20.40
  5. CARBON TAX = $173.82
  6. CLEAN ENERGY LEVY = $2.64
  7. GST = $42.73

TOTAL = $899.89

Using traditional baseboard heaters, the same amount of energy would cost you over $4,000/year with BC Hydro.

  1. 27,778 kWh at $0.13260/kWh = $3,683.34
  2. RATE RIDER = $184.17
  3. GST = 193.38

TOTAL = $4,060.88

 

B.C. NDP Accidentally Admits Carbon Tax Hurts The Economy

From Spencer Fernando’s Blog

The B.C. NDP are joining a court case pitting the Trudeau government against Ontario & Saskatchewan, who are arguing the Trudeau government can’t impose the carbon tax against the will of the provinces.

But B.C. is joining on the side of the Trudeau government, saying the carbon tax needs to be imposed. And they give a very ‘interesting’ reason why.

Here’s what B.C. Environment Minister George Heyman said:

“Greenhouse gases do not respect provincial boundaries or international boundaries for that matter. We will argue that there will be harm to our competitiveness if other provinces do not put a price on carbon.”

Wait a minute…

If the carbon tax doesn’t hurt the economy, how could B.C. having one and other provinces not having one hurt the B.C. economy?

It’s almost as if applying a massive tax on everything isn’t good for the economy…

BC Tmax Grid

Environment Canada Monthly Summary Grid by Decade
Tmax – 25 years worth of data or more – 80% of data – End Year 2015/16/17
British Columbia

2010s are the hottest decade 25% of the time, but I would argue overrepresentation due to many stations only going back to the 1970s.

The 1950s are the least hot decade. By far.

Station Station No Records Min Year Max Year pct of data 2010s 2000s 1990s 1980s 1970s 1960s 1950s 1940s 1930s 1920s 1910s 1900s 1890s 1880s
AGASSIZ CDA 1100120 1506 1889 2017 97.3 22.49 22.75 22.67 22.2 21.84 22.22 21.61 22.56 22.55 22.41 21.53 22.2 23.1 15
FORT ST JAMES 1092970 1473 1895 2017 99.8 16.71 17.8 17.58 17.81 17.06 17.12 15.96 16.75 17.97 17.64 16.57 16.7 17.39
QUATSINO 1036570 1428 1895 2017 96.7 17.14 18.65 19.54 18.82 17.99 18.78 18.38 19.07 17.84 17.38 17.51 17.2 17.39
GOLDEN A 1173210 1366 1902 2017 98.1 18.82 18.59 18.63 18.5 18.41 19.6 19.58 20.39 20 17.7 17.9 18.86
KASLO 1143900 1288 1894 2017 86.6 19.85 19.63 19.68 18.95 18.65 18.93 18.15 19.03 19.11 18.03 16.96 17.89 17.42
SHAWNIGAN LAKE 1017230 1250 1913 2017 99.2 21.05 21.04 21.15 20.54 20.06 20.66 20.81 21.14 21.61 21.19 20.96
VAVENBY 1168520 1245 1913 2017 98.8 21.14 21.76 20.56 20.08 20.21 21.03 19.88 21.18 22.08 21.62 21.2
SAANICHTON CDA 1016940 1243 1914 2017 99.6 19.62 20.14 20.28 19.81 19.41 19.32 18.72 18.92 19.25 19.55 19.5
FERNIE 1152850 1216 1913 2017 96.5 19.91 20.21 19.97 20.02 19.44 19.12 18.35 18.5 19.48 18.68 18.54
ESTEVAN POINT 1032730 1134 1908 2017 85.9 16.64 16.09 16.61 16.28 15.6 16.02 15.64 16.48 16.16 16.18 8.9 15.43
PACHENA POINT 1035940 1102 1924 2017 97.7 17.6 17.39 18.65 17.25 16.52 16.6 16.14 17.24 17.06 16.47
OKANAGAN CENTRE 1125700 1075 1926 2017 97.4 22.06 21.85 21.83 21.19 20.53 21.28 20.63 21.75 22.71 21.09
LANGARA 1054500 977 1936 2017 99.3 13.87 14.22 14 13.67 13.41 13.76 13.53 14.23 14.24
PRINCETON A 1126510 970 1936 2017 98.6 21.86 22.08 21.54 21.57 20.97 21.07 20.31 21.68 20.98
OLIVER STP 1125766 963 1924 2017 85.4 23.87 24.18 23.78 23.09 23.04 23.53 22.79 24.55 24.5 24.16
SMITHERS A 1077500 907 1942 2017 99.5 17.95 17.91 17.54 17.67 17.42 17.59 16.96 17.76
COMOX A 1021830 882 1944 2017 99.3 19.47 19.81 19.68 19.61 19.1 19.39 19.06 19.82
SANDSPIT A 1057050 831 1945 2017 94.9 15.4 15.64 15.51 15.67 14.75 15.08 15.06 14.19
COWICHAN LAKE FORESTRY 1012040 777 1949 2017 93.8 21.1 21.29 21.71 21.48 21.25 20.98 19.94 24.59
KITIMAT TOWNSITE 1064320 756 1954 2017 98.4 18.61 18.38 18.25 17.68 17.33 18.02 18.11
TOFINO A 1038205 747 1943 2017 83 19.03 18.74 18.95 18.89 18.44 18.52 17.38 19.95
KEMANO 1064020 732 1951 2017 91 19.94 19.2 18.59 17.95 16.9 18.16 18.12
MCINNES ISLAND 1065010 699 1955 2017 92.5 15.13 15.55 15.55 15.43 14.75 14.98 15.38
POWELL RIVER A 1046391 695 1954 2017 90.5 19.61 19.16 19.33 19.54 19.15 19.66 18.44
MERRY ISLAND LIGHTSTATION 1045100 683 1960 2017 98.1 18.42 18.36 17.98 17.89 17.38 17.76
OOTSA L SKINS L SPILLWAY 1085835 680 1956 2017 91.4 17.18 16.55 16.54 16.28 16.54 17.12 15.91
MICA DAM 1175122 666 1951 2017 82.8 16.88 16.82 17.17 16.63 16.48 16.18 29.97
MISSION WEST ABBEY 1105192 663 1962 2017 98.7 21.22 21.25 21.31 21.03 20.41 20.47
QUALICUM R FISH RESEARCH 1026565 660 1962 2017 98.2 19.68 19.43 19.54 18.96 18.37 18.8
HANEY UBC RF ADMIN 1103332 656 1961 2017 95.9 21.82 21.58 21.54 21.44 20.46 20.69
WILLIAM HEAD 1018935 654 1959 2017 92.4 18.36 19.44 18.76 18.06 17.91 18.15 14.45
DARFIELD 1162265 651 1962 2017 96.9 21.23 21.01 20.93 21.25 20.97 20.94
VANCOUVER HARBOUR CS 1108446 640 1958 2017 88.9 19.63 19.65 20.11 19.1 18.67 19.76 19.5
DUNCAN LAKE DAM 1142574 637 1963 2017 96.5 19.39 19.57 19.67 19.15 19.22 19.56
CASTLEGAR A 1141455 625 1965 2017 98.3 22.29 21.95 21.78 21.51 21.25 21.19
BONILLA ISLAND 1060902 622 1965 2017 97.8 14.57 14.82 14.8 14.3 13.43 13.87
CAMPBELL RIVER A 1021261 621 1965 2017 97.6 20.16 20.55 20.26 20.15 20.09 19.76
BURNABY SIMON FRASER U 1101158 619 1965 2017 97.3 18.46 19.35 20.37 19.32 19.58 20.31
EGG ISLAND 1062646 608 1965 2017 95.6 14.89 15.61 15.63 15.33 14.9 15.23
MERRITT STP 1125079 589 1968 2017 98.2 22.99 23.14 22.76 22.77 22.35 21.51
TERRACE PCC 1068131 589 1968 2017 98.2 19.01 18.5 18.77 18.47 17.68 18.39
NEW DENVER 1145460 587 1967 2017 95.9 20.54 21 19.78 19.52 19.64 20.35
KITIMAT 2 1064321 575 1966 2017 92.1 20.5 18.84 18.96 18.28 17.47 17.41
BLUE RIVER A 1160899 571 1969 2017 97.1 19.09 18.6 19.19 18.73 18.43 3.9
TOPLEY LANDING 1078209 562 1962 2017 83.6 17.25 16.58 16.74 16.63 16.36 16.38
FT STEELE DANDY CRK 1153034 561 1968 2017 93.5 20.49 20.38 20.94 21.39 20.18 21.6
GIBSONS GOWER POINT 1043152 558 1970 2017 96.9 18.77 18.31 18.65 18.61 18.05
KOOTENAY NP WEST GATE 1154410 556 1968 2017 92.7 19.81 19.96 19.2 19.37 18.91 18.03
MCLEESE LAKE GRANITE MT 1095018 541 1972 2017 98 17.44 16.75 16.97 17.07 16.74
CASTLEGAR BCHPA DAM 1141457 535 1969 2017 91 21.3 21.95 21.01 20.79 20.54 24.04
FORDING RIVER COMINCO 1152899 535 1970 2017 92.9 15.37 16.35 15.28 16 16.22
N VANC GROUSE MTN RESORT 1105658 521 1971 2017 92.4 16.19 18.24 17.08 16.18 15.51
PLEASANT CAMP 1206197 518 1974 2017 98.1 14.77 13.92 14.3 13.88 13.76
QUINSAM RIVER HATCHERY 1026639 504 1975 2017 97.7 20.12 20.55 20.45 19.79 19.84
PRINCE GEORGE STP 1096468 503 1975 2017 97.5 19.56 19.44 19.3 19.29 18.79
GALIANO NORTH 10130MN 502 1975 2017 97.3 19.7 18.89 19.9 19.76 19.68
SALTSPRING ST MARY’S L 1016995 496 1975 2017 96.1 20.15 19.78 20.02 19.41 19.04
HOPE SLIDE 1113581 495 1975 2017 95.9 19.2 18.74 18.94 19.36 18.09
BOAT BLUFF 1060901 491 1974 2017 93 18.51 18.05 18.61 18.28 18.76
WHISTLER 1048898 489 1976 2017 97 19.79 19.41 19.87 19.37 18.41
PORT MOODY GLENAYRE 1106CL2 481 1970 2017 83.5 20.79 20.56 20.94 20.78 19.98
DRYAD POINT 1062544 477 1977 2017 97 18.28 18.29 18.58 18.19 16.73
RICHMOND NATURE PARK 1106PF7 473 1977 2017 96.1 21.93 21.13 21.02 21.03 20.85
ADDENBROKE ISLAND 1060080 472 1978 2017 98.3 17.32 17.65 17.28 16.9 16.91
CAPE MUDGE 1021330 465 1978 2017 96.9 19.59 19.23 19.19 18.55 17.42
GREEN ISLAND 1063298 463 1978 2017 96.5 15.2 15.04 15.28 15.02 14.05
NOOTKA LIGHTSTATION 1035614 463 1978 2017 96.5 17.81 18.47 18.42 18.48 18.12
VANDERHOOF 1098D90 441 1980 2017 96.7 19.4 19.63 19.18 19.27
QUATSINO LIGHTSTATION 1036572 438 1978 2017 91.2 18.19 18.27 18.79 17.86 17.29
SPARWOOD 1157630 433 1980 2017 95 19.29 18.97 18.94 19.23
COURTENAY GRANTHAM 1021988 421 1979 2017 90 19.09 19.69 20.13 19.84 12.5
CHETWYND A 1181508 414 1982 2017 95.8 19.17 18.91 18.96 18.71
EQUITY SILVER 1072692 413 1981 2017 93 13.11 13.71 13.24 13.64
GOLDSTREAM RIVER 1173242 413 1982 2017 95.6 18.64 17.37 17.28 17.27
SPOKIN LAKE 4E 1097646 412 1983 2017 98.1 18.6 18.51 18.19 18.17
BELLA COOLA A 1060841 410 1983 2017 97.6 20.64 20.2 20.25 20.32
N VAN SEYMOUR HATCHERY 110N666 408 1981 2017 91.9 20.04 20.08 20.57 20.43
SUSKWA VALLEY 107G879 408 1982 2017 94.4 16.78 17.17 16.9 16.68
NITINAT RIVER HATCHERY 1035612 405 1981 2017 91.2 22.13 21.87 21.85 22.09
LITTLE QUALICUM HATCHERY 1024638 401 1981 2017 90.3 20.42 20.69 20.25 20.14
CAPE BEALE LIGHT 1031316 393 1984 2017 96.3 17.37 16.7 17.18 17.16
WASA 1158730 391 1983 2017 93.1 20.49 21.18 20.35 20.31
BILLINGS 1140876 389 1984 2017 95.3 21.61 22.02 21.9 22.1
SATURNA ISLAND CS 1017101 374 1980 2017 82 17.91 19.67 18.78 18.47
DELTA TSAWWASSEN BEACH 1102425 365 1987 2017 98.1 19.24 18.69 18.91 19.29
108 MILE HOUSE ABEL LAKE 109E7R6 360 1987 2017 96.8 20.32 19.93 19.49 21.07
NELSON NE 1145442 358 1983 2017 85.2 20.88 20.72 20.33 19.23
100 MILE HOUSE 6NE 1165793 353 1987 2017 94.9 18.96 19.64 19.42 21.48
MIDWAY 1135126 352 1988 2017 97.8 22.92 22.87 22.25 23.08
KAMLOOPS PRATT ROAD 116C8P0 350 1988 2017 97.2 20.07 20.25 19.96 21.25
COURTENAY PUNTLEDGE 1021989 349 1986 2017 90.9 20.58 20.67 21.26 21.85
CRISS CREEK 1162177 345 1988 2017 95.8 18.29 18.13 17.82 16.57
UCLUELET KENNEDY CAMP 1038332 344 1988 2017 95.6 19.31 19.3 19.17 17.88
SILVER CREEK 1167337 340 1989 2017 97.7 21.38 21.25 21.27 24.07
PINE ISLAND 1026170 338 1986 2017 88 14.72 15.53 15.44 15.99
SUMMERLAND CS 112G8L1 331 1990 2017 98.5 22.32 22.35 22.18
OSOYOOS CS 1125852 328 1990 2017 97.6 23.71 24.41 24.81
SALMON ARM CS 116FRMN 324 1991 2017 100 21.33 21.4 21.79
VERNON NORTH 1128583 324 1990 2017 96.4 21.29 20.97 21.04
TRIPLE ISLAND 1068250 321 1989 2017 92.2 14.45 14.16 14.24 16.71
NAKUSP CS 1145297 318 1991 2017 98.1 20.62 20.32 20.18
NELSON RIXEN CREEK 114EMDM 315 1991 2017 97.2 21.01 20.75 20.59
PORT ALBERNI COX LAKE 1036208 313 1987 2017 84.1 21.71 21.38 22.58 23.35
ENTRANCE ISLAND 102BFHH 310 1987 2017 83.3 17.57 17.33 17.69 18.28
MALAHAT 1014820 308 1991 2017 95.1 19.34 20.52 20.52
SHERINGHAM POINT 1017254 307 1992 2017 98.4 17.96 18.8 19.18
PORT ALBERNI (AUT) 1036B06 301 1992 2017 96.5 22.06 22.11 20.73
NANAIMO A 1025370 826 1947 2016 98.3 21.17 21.18 21.41 21.59 21.01 21.11 20.64 20.79
CHATHAM POINT 1021480 661 1958 2016 93.4 17.49 17.64 17.54 17.44 17.12 17.54 17.96
ALBERNI ROBERTSON CREEK 1030230 646 1961 2016 96.1 21.54 21.43 21.99 21.97 21.32 21.41
WINFIELD 1128958 541 1971 2016 98 21.28 21.27 20.97 20.71 20.37
CAPE SCOTT 1031353 507 1965 2016 81.2 12.94 14.95 15.33 14.88 14.6 15.25
GOLD RIVER TOWNSITE 1033232 502 1966 2016 82 21.77 22.09 22.04 22.13 21.81 21.36
STEWART A 1067742 498 1974 2016 96.5 16.89 16.42 16.62 16.62 15.68
CHILLIWACK R HATCHERY 1101N65 378 1984 2016 95.5 21.32 21.54 21.73 21.83
MCLEESE LAKE FRASERVIEW 1095015 373 1980 2016 84 23.95 22.52 21.81 21.42
DUNCAN KELVIN CREEK 1012573 336 1987 2016 93.3 21.1 21.75 22.47 21.54
BUFFALO LAKE 1161104 309 1990 2016 95.4 18.6 18.2 18
SIKANNI CHIEF 1187335 308 1990 2016 95.1 16.03 16.55 16.83
PORT ALICE 1036240 708 1956 2015 98.3 19.97 19.74 19.93 19.84 19.21 19.33 19.09
WARDNER KTNY HATCHERY 1158692 478 1971 2015 88.5 22 21.95 21.7 21.45 20.89
MYRA CREEK 1025254 382 1979 2015 86 20.42 20.78 20.49 20.4 22.36

I Pledge To NEVER Vote For A Party That Supports A Carbon Tax

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I Pledge To NEVER Vote For A Party That Supports A Carbon Tax.

The next provincial general election in British Columbia is scheduled for May 9, 2017

Yes the NDP will probably screw the poor and retired and middle class more than the Liberals.

But I won’t vote Liberal as long as the carbon tax exists.

If there is no party that is against the carbon tax, I won’t vote.

Sixteen Natural Droughts Since 1658 Worse Than Todays

Tree rings are magical. Not only can you reconstruct temperatures from the past, but you can reconstruct droughts (rainfall).

Whenever I see the word “novel approach” I worry we are in for BS.

However, since the authors of this paper are saying things were worse in the past than present I like to pretend I believe them.

They also sort of say that more dendrohydrologists are needed. Surprise.

Recent streamflow droughts in south coastal British Columbia have had major socioeconomic and ecological impacts. Increasing drought severity under projected climate change poses serious water management challenges, particularly in the small coastal watersheds that serve as primary water sources for most communities in the region. A 332-year dendrohydrological record of regionalized mean summer streamflow for four watersheds is analyzed to place recent drought magnitudes in a long-term perspective.

We present a novel approach for optimizing tree-ring based reconstructions in small watersheds in temperate environments, combining winter snow depth and summer drought sensitive proxies as model predictors. The reconstruction model, estimated by regression of observed flows on Tsuga mertensiana ring-width variables and a tree-ring derived paleorecord of the Palmer Drought Severity Index, explains 64% of the regionalized streamflow variance.

The model is particularly accurate at estimating lowest flow events, and provides the strongest annually resolved paleohydrological record in British Columbia. The extended record suggests that since 1658 sixteen natural droughts have occurred that were more extreme than any within the instrumental period. Flow-duration curves show more severe worst-case scenario droughts and a higher probability of those droughts in the long-term reconstruction than in the hydrometric data.

Such curves also highlight the value of dendrohydrology for probabilistic drought assessment. Our results suggest current water management strategies based on worst-case scenarios from historical gauge data likely underestimate the potential magnitudes of natural droughts. If the low-flow magnitudes anticipated under climate change co-occur with lowest possible natural flows, streamflow drought severities in small watersheds in south coastal British Columbia could exceed any of those experienced in the past ∼350 years.