April 23, 2008


It's obvious why the Flames lost

Gaia is punishing this sinful city for not reducing our energy usage during Earth Hour!

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November 21, 2007


You're on notice!

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January 27, 2006


You are hearing me talk

From the Calgary Herald:
Former U.S. vice-president Al Gore has accused the oil industry of financially backing the Tories and their "ultra-conservative leader" to protect its stake in Alberta's lucrative oilsands.

Canadians, Gore said, should vigilantly keep watch over prime minister-designate Stephen Harper because he has a pro-oil agenda and wants to pull out of the Kyoto accord -- an international agreement to combat climate change.

"The election in Canada was partly about the tar sands projects in Alberta," Gore said Wednesday while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.

"And the financial interests behind the tar sands project poured a lot of money and support behind an ultra-conservative leader in order to win the election . . . and to protect their interests."
And then, as always, the cashier nodded and handed Gore his Big Mac.

(This joke has been blatantly lifted from SNL's Weekend Update a few years back. Also hat tip to Vitor.)

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October 28, 2005


Happy 25th birthday, NEP!

Yes, it was 25 years ago today that Pierre Trudeau unveiled the National Energy Program. Hooray.

John Weissenberger and George Koch have an excellent article in the Calgary Herald which debunks the claims of modern liberals who claim that the NEP wasn't that bad for Alberta and that its architects had noble motives. (The article is behind a subscriber wall, but it should be up on their blog fairly soon.)

Update: Here we go.


August 26, 2005


Pique Oil

Via Daimnation, I found this post by Steven Levitt, the author of Freakonomics. He does an excellent job of drawing attention to some of the glaring economic problems with "peak oil" theory. (Be sure the read the links at the end of the post, as well.)

The post generated a lot of interest, garnering almost 150 comments. What struck me as ironic about them was that much of the discussion consisted of right-wingers talking about how consumption-reducing techniques like solar power and public transit were workable alternatives, while left-wingers denounced them as unrealistic fantasies.

Levitt's post was especially upsetting to the first commenter:
When are you religious fanatics of "economics" and Adam Smith's invisible waving hand going to wake up and admit you worship a false deity?
Don't make me go all Visible Fist on you, friend.

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