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Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 1) 347

when we get record cold (which some areas got last winter), and "deniers" use that as evidence that global warming is a sham, what do you say to them?

Any recent cold records were records at that particular station. This is a record for the entire eastern hemisphere. It's quite a difference.

Also, if people are using the temperature at one station at one particular time to dismiss the trend over the last few decades they are probably not the brightest bulbs.

Submission + - Solar Impulse completes solar-powered flight around the world

MikeChino writes: After 558 hours of total flight time, a solar-powered airplane just finished a record-shattering trip around the world. The Solar Impulse landed in Abu Dhabi at 4:05 am this morning, completing the final leg of an adventure spanning 43,041 kilometers. Upon landing and exiting the cockpit, Piccard said: “This is not only a first in the history of aviation; it’s before all a first in the history of energy. I’m sure that within 10 years we’ll see electric airplanes transporting 50 passengers on short to medium haul flights."

Submission + - Earth on track for hottest year afer14th straight month of record heat

Comment Re:Really? (Score 5, Informative) 301

Yes, you should be worried about the ability of a thin-skinned person with lots of money to shut down a media outlet. Today Gawker, tomorrow the Washington Post, then the NY Times.

Do you think that a democracy can function if the only news that is published is news that offends no one?

Speaking of which, Donald Trump is pulling The Washington Post’s press credentials to cover his events because he is upset with the newspaper’s coverage of his campaign.

He also promises to ‘open up’ libel laws to make suing the media easier.

The Post’s executive editor, Martin Baron, called Trump’s action “nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press” and pledged that his paper would keep reporting vigorously about the presumptive Republican nominee.

Comment May 2016: hottest on record. (Score 1) 951

Hey ebv, I have an update on our global mean temperature bet. Last month was the hottest May on record. The year-so-far average global temperature is a whopping 1.15 C, well above the hottest full calendar year we’ve yet seen, 2015’s record-breaking 0.86 C. - https://tamino.wordpress.com/2...

Comment Re:Australia had the UNESCO report censored. (Score 1) 145

UNESCO had drawn up a list of world heritage sites that were in danger from climate change, and Australia had the reefs removed because it would hurt tourism.

It looks like they spent 400,000 in lobbying efforts to keep the reef off the list. Money well spent? The environment minister recently tweeted: "Under Labor, the Great Barrier Reef was on-track to be listed as 'in danger'. It came off the 'watch list' under us."

Responses were on the order of "are you fucking high mate?" - The https://www.buzzfeed.com/robst...

Comment Re:Disruptive technologies and the S curve. (Score 1) 327

Breakeven costs for existing projects such as Kearl Phase 1 stand at US$42 per barrel, with Husky’s Lloydminster (US$28), Cenvous’ Christina Lake ($26) and Suncor operations (US$30.3), - http://business.financialpost....

Kearl Phase 1 has been running at a loss since November. WTI was as low as $26 earlier this year.

Comment Re:Disruptive technologies and the S curve. (Score 1) 327

They are looking at the future of the Canadian oil sands. This is about the federal coffers, not the trees and rivers. Because of emerging technologies - technologies disruptive on the order of the internet - it is very unlikely that the oil sands will find a path back to profitability.

This is not "how do we move Canada away from oil", but "Oh shit. The world is moving away from oil! How can Canada cope with this new reality?"

Comment Re:Australia had the UNESCO report censored. (Score 5, Informative) 145

UNESCO had drawn up a list of world heritage sites that were in danger from climate change, and Australia had the reefs removed because it would hurt tourism.

To top it off, Australia has just gutted the research arm that studies this.

See no evil. Hear no evil.

Comment Re:Canada? Energy superpower status (Score 1) 327

You could be right. It is also possible they have more than they expect to be able to sell before demand for oil disappears. That would explain why they are no longer restricting their output. “The Stone Age did not end for lack of stone, and the Oil Age will end long before the world runs out of oil.” - Sheikh Zaki Yamani, previous Saudi Arabian oil minister.

Comment Re:Disruptive technologies and the S curve. (Score 3, Insightful) 327

Like I said, it's inevitable that the oil market shrinks, but that video didn't address the areas where electricity isn't practical.

That doesn't matter much to Canada. Canadian oil is expensive to extract. It is not economical even at the current price. Canada needs demand to grow substantially in order for its oil to become economical once again. If demand drops at all then it is game over for oil extraction in Canada. Analysts are expecting demand to drop substantially and in relatively short order.

Comment Re:Canada? Energy superpower status (Score 1) 327

Only Venesuala and Saudi Arabia have greater oil reserves: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

But Canada's oil is expensive to recover. If demand for oil drops then so will price and Canada will be sitting on stranded assets. Even at the current price Canada's oil is not economical. Breakeven costs for existing projects such as Kearl Phase 1 stand at US$42 per barrel, with Husky’s Lloydminster (US$28), Cenvous’ Christina Lake ($26) and Suncor operations (US$30.3), WTI has declined to $30 per barrel.

Canada needs demand to grow substantially if it is going to survive - or for supply to dry up elsewhere.

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