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December 8, 2009

Rich and Poor Nation Fight Over Climate Change

The big story today seems to be a leaked document that was going to be passed as the new climate change treaty. The document was alleged to have been put together by a few rich nation including host country Denmark and seems to reduce the emission cut obligations of the rich nations. It also hands power for future negotiation to the rich countries (ABC News Australia reported). Poor countries are threatening to walk out.

The noise generated by pro and anti Climate change advocate is a bit tiring. As far as I am concern, oil are controlled by few Texan and Middle Eastern Royalty cartel artificially making it expensive. In some countries, price fixing is illegal. Then why is oil cartel tolerated? It is also a pollutant. No question about it. Not even taking into account the global warming equation, it’s a no brainer that we should move toward renewable energy. Hong Kong already have electric car. And China are actively investing in infrastructure and research to help promote electric car (China’s BYD cheap electric car beat GM, Nissan and Toyota -CNN). Unfortunately the one spearheading this new technology is not the usual developed countries but developing country like China. It is not a question of science, the facts and technology is there, it is a question of commitment by the rich countries. Unfortunately, a lot of the  rich countries have stake in oil and would keep on dragging their feet as long as they can. The wave of change is coming, either we get on board or get left behind.

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October 12, 2009

Canada Caused Mass Walk Out in Thailand

Filed under: Canada,World News — cyberwanderer @ 8:44 pm
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h/t to the blog: Peace, order and good government eh?

Canada’s position on Climate change have caused a mass walkout of the group of 77 nations gathering in Thailand to tackle the environmental issue. Read the above blog or this Canadian Press (CP) article for more detail.

Canadian Press : Canadian position prompts walk-out by developing countries at climate talks.

Surprisingly, this is not being reported in Canada’s main stream media’s website (last I checked October 12 9:43pm EST). Did not know there’s self censorship here. Perhaps to avoid embarrassing ourselves?

October 5, 2009

Dust Storm – disease or cure; Electric Vehicle stall in Canada

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As incidence of dust storm increase in frequency, not only in China and Australia but now also in U.S., scientist are reporting that dust storm are usually linked to outbreak of diseases. This weekend, Washington state dust storm caused pileup on the highway forcing its closure. It has just been re-opened today. Dust storm are reported to carry bacteria, viruses and fungal spores and its minute particle when inhaled are harmful to human’s respiratory system, even without the disease carrying organism.

Japanese observed that in one incident, large amount of dust (800,000 tonnes) was pickup from China’s desert and carried twice around the world. This indicate that one country’s problem, e.g. deforestation, could affect people in other parts of the world. China have recently announced a big project of planting lots of trees to mitigate climate change and sand storm problem.

Source: Guardian.co.uk article

But aside from the ominous news about the harmfulness of dust storm, scientist are also looking at the benefits to marine life and possibly carbon capture (nothing to do with the carbon capture farce for coal power plant). The iron content in dust storm is believed to be leading to a boom in ocean’s algae,  a valuable food source for marine life and big absorber of CO2. Personally, it seems surreal to me that some scientist are thinking of artificially injecting iron into the ocean to produce algae in hope that it would absorb the CO2 produced by our excessive use of fuel. I think in this case, the saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies.

Speaking of prevention, electric car is coming to China and that country plan to offer incentives on top of their already heavy investment for helping research and development of electric car. BYD of China will be rolling out their electric vehicle by the end of this year.  Here in Canada, other than tax breaks being offered by Ontario, the federal government have no plans and are happy to drag their feet on this and have even scaled back funding for scientific research and universities.  A Canadian manufacturer of  electric car (Zenn) got zero support from Canadian government. The government deem it  unsafe even in 50 km/h rural road (citing its 40 km/h limit). The Zenn passed U.S. regulation but are prevented from selling here.  So they are unable to sell to Canadians and have to rely on customers abroad. Meanwhile, bicycles are legally allowed on the road. Albeit, a lot of people are still unaware that bicycle have right to full lane, but that’s another story.

Sadly, Zenn is now pulling the plug on their electric vehicle. Back in 2007, the founder have blamed Federal government for putting a road block and preventing their sale here in Canada.

December 16, 2008

The Chinese Electric Car Race

Hat tip for DeSmogBlog on this news about the Chinese building an electric car that can travel up to 100 km on a single battery charge. It would take 15 minutes to charge to 80% on special charging stations. Price is expected to be $22,000 and government subsidy is possible under the Beijng’s emissions-curbing program.

I have been a proponent of government subsidy for GM Chevy Volt to kick start the electric car revolution. But it looks like if GM manage to survive through bail out, it will be hard for them to beat the price of the Chinese build electric car. (source: Forbes.com). DeSmogBlog compared the GM’s price of $40,000 USD to the Chinese $22,000. (Prius is $37,938).

While Canada and U.S., being an oil producing nation, drag its feet on moving away from reliance on oil, Asia and Europe has less incentive to continue its addiction to oil. So Asia and Europe would likely lead the pack again on making this new technology a reality. Interchangeable simcard cellphone and text messaging have been widely used in Europe and Asia before North America cautiously adopted it. So Canadian’s government inaction could mean we will be a late comer once again. While other nations economy is helped by the increased production in the switch to alternative clean energy source, Canada’s economy if it falls into deep recession would take longer than the rest to recover, just like during the last great depression.

November 18, 2008

Obama Unfazed by Fear Mongering

Obama announced that he intend to push through with his plan to shift away from oil reliance, despite doomsayers claiming it would further ruin the economy. Harper used the same fear mongering tactic in the last election. But it’s good to see that Obama’s campaign promises are not just campaign noise.

Canada will be forced to follow sooner or later whether Harper likes it or not.

“Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all,” Mr. Obama said. “Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response.”

In response to pro-oil companies apologist claims of economic ruin:

Mr. Obama rejected that view, saying that his plan would reduce oil imports, create jobs in energy conservation and renewable sources of energy, and reverse the warming of the atmosphere.

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