Canada has essentially quit recording bright sunshine hours. What a tragedy.
Environment Canada And Climate Change (I can’t believe they changed the name to that!) has dropped the ball. One exception is the Saskatchewan Research Council. They collect sunshine data at two locations.
This is the November data for Saskatoon.
November 2018 had 54.7 hours of Bright Sunshine.
20.7% of the 1981-2010 normal of 97 hours of bright sunshine.
How do you stop a carbon tax increase? Riot. A six month reprieve.
I was listening the the CBC (Canadas left-wing state-subsidized media) and not once did they mention the actual cost of this carbon tax was going to be a jump from €55 to €88.
Canada’s carbon tax is 30$. France was going to increase their carbon tax to 132$.
Don’t be surprised if Canada’s will jump that high if Trudeau is re-elected.
After the recent riots in France at the margins of the ‘yellow vests’ movement, the carbon tax adopted under François Hollande is expected to be revised downwards. EURACTIV France reports.
Having been expected to attend COP24 in Poland on Monday 3 (December), French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe cancelled his visit and instead held an increasing number of meetings with French MPs and ministers.
This resulted in a decision to back down on the French carbon tax, which has been criticised by the ‘yellow vests’ since the movement started a month ago.
It seems that the increasing tension, demonstrations and violence, and particularly the support of the French population for the ‘yellow vests’ movement – which is still strong – are the reasons for this U-turn, which will take the form of a freeze on the tax increase scheduled for January 2019.
The tax was supposed to increase from €55 to €88 per tonne of CO2 emitted on this date.
I think it is insane for Canada to be importing foreign oil. Reviving Energy East Pipeline makes sense to me.
New Brunswick’s new premier working to bring Energy East pipeline back from the dead
FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s new premier is trying to revive the Energy East pipeline — even though the original proponent says the project is dead.
TransCanada Corporation abandoned the $15.7-billion project more than a year ago, after the National Energy Board modified the environmental assessment process.
But Premier Blaine Higgs, along with some other premiers and federal politicians, are again pushing the proposed pipeline as a way to get more western crude to refineries in Eastern Canada and for export to foreign markets.
Ontario and Quebec have also new elected new premiers this year, and Higgs said he thinks Energy East could be viable.
“The fact that Ontario has said they’re not opposed to oil coming through the province, there’s a hurdle that’s now gone. We know that Manitoba and Saskatchewan are fine and we know Alberta is looking for a way out,” said Higgs.
“We see Alberta now taking a strong position with buying rail cars and saying we’ve got to get our oil to market because they’re losing $80 million a day.”
Higgs said he recognizes Quebec could still be a hurdle and he plans to discuss the project with Premier Francois Legault this week at a first ministers meeting in Montreal.”
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…
There is a good blog post on how laughable it was to suggest that Canada could rely solely on wind, water and sunlight to meet our future energy needs by 2050.
I plan to just talk about the number of facilities necessary to do this. The blue # is the necessary count. The red at the end is the # needed to be built by 2050.
- Onshore wind: 34,993 – 5 MW units ( 2240 units currently installed) – ~33,000
- Offshore wind: 27,242 – 5 MW units (currently no units in Canada) 27,242
- Solar PV plant: 1690 – 50 MW facilities (currently 13 similar facilities) 1677
- Solar CSP plants 450 – 100 MW facilities (currently 1 in operation) 449
- Solar CSP plants for storage 275 – 100 MW facilities 275
- Hydroelectric: Uses currently built facilities with efficiency gains
- Wave energy: 26,227 – 0.75 MW installations (currently no unit in Canada) 26,227
- Residential rooftop solar: 12,992,080 units (currently <2% of units installed) ~ 12,750,000
- Commercial/govt rooftop solar: 1,383,183 units (currently <2% of units installed) ~1,360,00
- Geothermal: 50 – 100 MW facilities (currently no such facility in Canada) 50
- Tidal turbine: 2000 – 1 MW units (currently no units in Canada) 2000
“Lets look at the offshore wind platforms. As one of the two southern coasts, British Columbia would be responsible for close to half of the 27, 242 offshore units needed to achieve our national 100% WWS goal. As of today, we have zero offshore wind facilities. “
This is laughable. Canada can’t even build a pipeline to carry oil from Alberta to tidewater in many years.
Imagine the regulatory approval … the lawsuits … the lack of skilled trades.
Its a joke.
But do read the blog post for more info.
Ross McKitrick analyzed Canadian weather records. Summers aren’t any hotter.
Since 1939 there has been virtually no change in the median July and August daytime highs across Canada, and October has cooled
If people knew that summers won’t get an hotter and winters would get a little warmer, would anyone mind?
Here are a few points that you might notice in the graphs and tables that follow.
1. There is a tradeoff between the number of available stations and the length of record. There are 30 stations with data back to 1888
and 267 stations with data back to 1978.
2. Over the past 130 years the median warming rate in the average daytime high is about 0.1 degrees per decade or 1 degree per
3. Over long samples there is little polar amplification (increased warming with latitude) but it does appear in fall and winter months
in more recent subsamples.
4. Over the past 100 years, warming has been stronger in winter than summer or fall. October has cooled slightly. The Annual
average daytime high has increased by about 0.1 degrees per decade. 72 percent of stations did not exhibit statistically significant
warming or cooling.
5. Since 1939 there has been virtually no change in the median July and August daytime highs across Canada, and October has cooled
6. There are 247 stations with data back to 1958. However as the time span decreases the range of observed trends greatly expands.
All months exhibit median warming but with much wider variability.
7. Post-1958 Arctic coverage is much better than earlier. There is little indication of polar amplification.
8. Post-1978 the range of trends grows dramatically. The median trend in March and April is slightly negative.
9. Some polar amplification is observed in the post-1978 annual trend, mainly due to the late fall and early winter months.
The trend appears to be down.
(But I’m not a huge believer forest stats can tell you anything. Humans can cause fires and they can put them out and the forest fire strategies change)
From the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC)