We Don't Need No Stinking Unicorn Fartcatchers

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Richard Martin, MIT Technology Review:

Spelled out in a 31-page document that will be published in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish, the [Paris Climate Agreement] calls for the signatory countries to assess their progress toward emissions reduction goals every five years and adjust their efforts accordingly, while urging increased investment in research and development on clean energy technologies as well as an international fund of $100 billion to help the worst-affected countries adapt and survive. If the Paris agreement is implemented, the world would reach net-zero emissions before the end of this century.

Unfortunately, it also relies on emerging technologies that are barely proven, yet to be successfully commercialized, or downright illusory. Limiting the temperature rise to 2 °C or less is likely to require dramatic advances in three critical technologies: energy storage, advanced nuclear reactors, and carbon capture and storage. The first two are feasible given massive investment in both basic science and commercialization. The last is probably not.

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According to the IEA's road map for carbon capture and storage, we must remove and store more than two billion metric tons of carbon dioxide per year from smokestacks by 2030 in order to avoid catastrophic warming, and seven billion metric tons by 2050. Barring a major technological advance that is not currently foreseeable, those targets are unreachable. According to the Global CCS Institute, there are 22 significant carbon capture and storage projects under way around the world, with the capacity to sequester a total of 40 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. Several major projects, including the $1.65 billion FutureGen project in the U.S. and a billion-pound ($1.5 billion) CCS project led by the U.K. government, have been scrapped. Simply put, the technology for separating carbon dioxide from power-plant emissions--not to mention the infrastructure to transport it and store it underground--is too expensive and too cumbersome for commercial deployment. While there is intriguing research going on, there is no prospect on the immediate horizon for making it economical.


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The Star just closed down its comments entirely:
http://www.thestar.com/news/2015/12/16/toronto-star-closing-commenting-on-thestarcom.html

First the CBC (and I think the national post is doing this too) for stories involving aboriginals, now the Star is shuttering all comments. I would expect further restrictions at the Ceeb after this development.

We are definitely no longer living in an environment of free expression and lively debate... If you don't echo the media driven politically correct narrative, you'll be silenced.

The political science monkeys of MIT fail to make the primary connection necessary for any of this nonsense. Meaningless drivel followed by more drivel

What scientific evidence exists that we humans have absolute Control of the Climate!

Until you find someone crazy enough to make that claim... F*** Off

The point, Mr. Richard Martin, is that the people at the Paris Climate Agreement could not care less about the financial consequences to the countries involved.

They could not care less. That's why they can come up with any fairy tale idea that they want and implement it without a care in the world.

All they want is yet more power, money, and control that comes with imposing yet more government structure on top of government structure.

Who is going to arrest the sheriff?

Very good article. The green movement has gotten as far as it has for as long as it has by hoodwinking people into believing that global warming can be reversed by turning down your thermostat a bit or biking to work once in a while. The article points out that the effort needed to de-carbonize the earth on a sufficient scale to please the greens is nothing short of staggering. The point about reforesting an area four times the size of Australia really hit home for me.

reforestation.

is that sose they can come back later and clear cut it all like the Amazon?


As I have said many times before, until 1st world countries implement a crash program to build nuclear power generators ..... which produce no CO2 ....there is no way I will believe AGW is a real concern.

Why do Greenies have to promote the stupidest ideas like solar and wind that only provide an intermittent supply requiring full conventional backup? Why do they promote insanely expensive ideas like carbon capture. If we want to replace fossil fuels, why don't we use proven technology like hydro and nuclear. They are cheaper and they work. The untapped hydro potential in Northern Ontario, The Prairies and the North is immense. It may be more expensive that coal but it is reliable.

Because intermittent solar & wind suits a population density far, far smaller than what exists today. At least in their minds. The logistics of that policy might be poorly thought out, but that is the Plan.

The greens have no plans to supply cheap, plentiful power to masses of people. Those people are going to disappear through depopulation.

Got it, now?

Bingo!

If we were truly heading towards a man-made apocalyptic disaster, these people would assure our destruction through inaction. They are incapable of making any tough choices, I believe because Political Correctness is now a moral code with the ruling leftist class.

Hydro and Nuclear are no brainers, especially if done in smaller scale but multiple projects, they could almost eliminate CO2 emissions in a couple of decades.

Then later, when the Unicorn Fartcatchers are perfected, they can dismantle all the bad and icky energy stuff.

Ha, one more point while my juices are flowing.

Am I the only one who is just freaking flabbergasted at this talk of jeez, do we want to stop the warming at 1.5 or 2 degrees?

How do they get away with telling us that global warming is out of control and then explaining how they have absolute control over it?

Our western leaders are fools and cowards.

The UN has defined 'climate change' (TM) in a manner that encompasses any anthropogenic influence associated with alteration of land usage and change in atmospheric composition - http://tinyurl.com/fiddletheweather
Ipse facto, the existence of humanity is questionable.
This institutionalized insanity may well conclude quite unpleasantly, unless wiser heads prevail.

The UN has defined 'climate change' (TM) in a manner that encompasses any anthropogenic influence associated with alteration of land usage and change in atmospheric composition - http://tinyurl.com/fiddletheweather
Ipse facto, the existence of humanity is questionable.
This institutionalized insanity may well conclude quite unpleasantly, unless wiser heads prevail.

I get it and have for some time now. Just as these geniuses know that the ideal climate for the entire world was exactly that of 1982 (with eons of variations in climate to choose from what are the odds of that?) they also know what the ideal population of the earth should be. Precise numbers and the means to accomplish it may differ, but they all dream of a much smaller, more manageable human race - indoctrinated and controlled by themselves and people like them, of course.

Although these fantasizers will never be able to control the climate, population control is no doubt more attainable for them. What could possibly go wrong?

Well there goes a source of small amusement for me.

It was always fun reading the comments below Star stories to see what the other half thinks.

I would say that the comment sections have been a little odd lately, with seemingly the usual Star suspects actually going against the OLP, LPC, and Trudeau in the comments, really tearing strips off the new PM and Liberals in general.

I don't think there has been anything done by Trudeau since the election to really get behind on - his promises seem to last as long as leftover pizza; his actions seem smug, unserious, and hypocritical; and the new things the LPC are doing really aren't worth sustained mention.

Tough times. I'll posit the Star probably did better with clicks and views when they had an enemy in power.

I'm glad the nutbars are still populating the Globe comments section. Some fun for me.

"An international fund of $100 billion to help the worst-affected countries".

The worst-affected countries would be the ones that have to cut emissions, reduce economic output and at the same time pay out that $100 billion.

"This institutionalized insanity may well conclude quite unpleasantly, unless wiser heads prevail" Manfred

After reading that definition... I expect that a wise class action Lawyer will latch onto this nonsense and sue the bastards. They have punted hoping no one notices.

First they hide Global warming by claiming it is really Climate Change.

Now they claim it is not climate change, but just the Co2 measurable by a retarded Penn State moron & greedy UN failed nations...

Truth is a bitch


Next on the agenda for the eco-freaks will be turning all of america's freeways into dumb elevated bike paths so they can peddle along on their stupid bicycles and make a big mess like they do during their Critical Mass Bike Race. I'm telling you enviromentalism leads to stupidity

Yes, we have not really seen any unusual global warming yet, so who exactly has been affected by this non-event. No wonder why Harper was exasperated by all this. Any thinking person would be.

The aircraft tasked with dispensing airborne Ebola and effect local "population control", crashes into their gated community?

I was thinking more of the usual insane dictator assuming power and then slaughtering millions as typically happens in socialist utopias. Still your Army of the Twelve Monkeys type holocaust would clearly have an appeal for certain environmentalists who consider humans a blight on the planet (except for themselves of course).

we must stop immigration immediately. there are too many CO2 producers being imported into Canada they are ruining our country. how will we ever go backwards towards the backward goals for CO2 elimination?

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