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“Hey, I want to see Canada up there in this hall of fame,” writes a proud Great White Northerner. “Surely we must be #1 per capita carbonistas.” Right on cue:

Scientists have found a new threat to the planet: Canadian beer drinkers.

The government-commissioned study says the old, inefficient “beer fridges” that one in three Canadian households use to store their Molson and Labatt’s contribute significantly to global warming by guzzling gas- and coal-fired electricity.

“People need to understand the impact of their lifestyles,” British environmental consultant Joanna Yarrow tells New Scientist magazine. “Clearly the environmental implications of having a frivolous luxury like a beer fridge are not hitting home. This research helps inform people — let’s hope it has an effect.”

UPDATE. Reuters reports:

If nothing is done to combat global warming, two of Florida’s nuclear power plants, three of its prisons and 1,362 hotels, motels and inns will be under water by 2100, a study released on Wednesday said.

Well done, Canadian beer drinkers. I hope you’re proud of yourselves.

UPDATE II. Canadian beer drinker Mark Steyn: “I’ve never felt prouder.”

UPDATE III. BIWOZ:

Well, I’ve got an old fridge and an upright freezer out in the garage.

They aren’t being used.

They’re empty.

I’m going to go home tonight and turn them on.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/29/2007 at 05:49 PM
  1. They can have my beer fridge right after they confiscate all my guns.

    They sure as hell won’t get it before.

    Posted by fclark on 2007 11 29 at 05:55 PM • permalink

  2. Way to go Wimpy Canadian..Keep on, keeping on. Proud of you…YEA WIMPY!

    I’m doin’ my part wherever I belch or fart, I always face North, just not at the same time, of course

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 06:01 PM • permalink

  3. Who has only one beer fridge?

    Posted by anthony_r on 2007 11 29 at 06:03 PM • permalink

  4. I can just hear one of Joanna’s assistance calling out while she’s being interviewed “Hey wait! There’s a cord coming out the back of this thing! Let’s see where it leads…...more cords! And they’re, plugged into this..thing in the wall!”
    yoinks. Standard lamp and Mum’s kidney machine blink off.
    “Now we’ve fixed it. It was the cords. But wait! Get a saw, and a screwdriver. There might be something going on behind the plaster!!”

    Posted by ooh honey honey on 2007 11 29 at 06:04 PM • permalink

  5. “First they came for the beer drinkers, but as I was not…HEY, WAIT JUST ONE MINUTE!

    Yeah, the eco-fascists want to control every aspect of your life—but you knew that already. There’s pretty much nothing left to satirize these folks about any more.

    Next they’ll be telling us to just go and die and get it over with, cuz that’s the only way to completely reduce your carbon footprint…oh wait, they’re already saying that.

    Posted by Forbes on 2007 11 29 at 06:09 PM • permalink

  6. also from the article:

    University of Alberta researcher Denise Young, who led the study, suggests that provincial authorities hold beer-fridge buy-backs or round-ups to eliminate the threat

    I would love to see that.
    I can picture the resistance movement forming already. Beer drinkers and their families smuggle illegal beer fridges from house to house. Environmentalist hit squads, dressed in second-hand suits bought from local charities, turn up in convoys of Priuses in the middle of the night.
    No warning precedes their arrival.
    Men are dragged away to work on tree-planting projects and papier-mache-head construction. Women scream “you bastards” as they watch their loved ones driven off to parts unknown.
    The next day, beer fridges are paraded in front of the television cameras.
    “This is the greatest threat to our civilization,” the police chief says on the evening news.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2007 11 29 at 06:18 PM • permalink

  7. Hmmmm.

    “Wolverines!!”

    Posted by memomachine on 2007 11 29 at 06:21 PM • permalink

  8. We’ve all had a few laughs about Canada over the years. But they have a conservative government and we don’t, and now we find them making impressive strides up the per capita tables…

    Posted by Big Jim on 2007 11 29 at 06:22 PM • permalink

  9. #3
    My ex, a home brewer - and very good at it, too - thought that all fridges were beer fridges.

    Too bad about the frozen lettuce, etc.

    We had two fridges, that was before the days of drowning polar bears and melting ice cap. Pre Al-Gore: Gaia Warrior.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 29 at 06:22 PM • permalink

  10. #6:  The world’s biggest piss take?

    Posted by Big Jim on 2007 11 29 at 06:25 PM • permalink

  11. Do Canadians put their beer in a fridge to keep it cold?
    Or to keep it from freezing?

    Posted by Bonmot on 2007 11 29 at 06:31 PM • permalink

  12. #11. To keep it warm.

    Do Canadians drink warm beer?

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 29 at 06:33 PM • permalink

  13. kae

    Nahhh, just the Brits (I believe) have that habit.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 06:37 PM • permalink

  14. Do Canadians drink warm beer?

    The first case has to be cold.  After that, meh, what drunk (Canuck, Seppo, or Aussie) can tell the difference?

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 11 29 at 06:38 PM • permalink

  15. Hmm, I thought warmer than the outside temp…

    TRJS, yeah, judging by the beer swillers er connoisseurs I know, that statement is 100% correct!

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 29 at 06:40 PM • permalink

  16. Frankly, this makes me want to run and buy a second hand fridge, and stick it out on the back porch, just for beer and other cold drinks.  To show solidarity with our Canadian brethern, I mean.  I’d have two fridges and a freezer.

    Oh, wait, I don’t have a back porch.  Hmmmmmm…...I think I can remedy that.  And increase my carbon footprint even more.  A win-win scenario!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 11 29 at 06:41 PM • permalink

  17. Not only do I have a beer fridge out in the rumpus room, I have a bar fridge in the home office and one of those temperature contolled wine storage cabinets too. So including the kitchen that’s four fridges. In a three person household. How’d you like them little green apples Ms. Joanna Yarrow, hmmm. Stuff her & stuff the horse she rode in on too.

    We should just laugh at these pathetic bed-wetters, but truth be told, they’re starting to piss me off. Think I’ll go buy another fridge.

    Posted by Tom H on 2007 11 29 at 06:44 PM • permalink

  18. Only now am I beginning to understand the magnitude of the threat we face in climate change.
    To survive we must give up our beer fridges. Do they mean everyone, Aussies included?

    Posted by Harold on 2007 11 29 at 06:47 PM • permalink

  19. In all seriousness, do these Canadian “scientists” realize just how looney* they sound?  IMHO, a “frivolous luxury” really means supporting a class of people who, in another time and place, would be pimping themselves out for coins to buy beer and cheap gin. 

    Instead, they become “scientists”, “consultants”, and “researchers” who are afraid to work for their bread and board, and become acolytes of a new religion to support their own resource sucking lifestyles. 

    About all Joanna Yarrow and her ilk produce is shit and noise.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 11 29 at 06:48 PM • permalink

  20. *: Pun intended.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 11 29 at 06:49 PM • permalink

  21. But Ms Yarrow reserved her most strident criticism for Ozzie beer drinkers:

    “They have this terrible habit of using eskies. They fill these with ice, the manufacture of which creates billions of tons of greenhouse gases. The ice is wasted, as it almost always melts. Sometimes they even trip over the esky while drunk and spill the ice, or worse still chuck the ice at each other, in some sort of play.”

    When journalists suggetsed that all this ice may in fact counter global warming she pleaded: “Look, polar bears are dying cause of the lack of ice and here are these antipodean dickheads just wasting it to chill beer and throw at each other”

    When further pressed on the possibility of an ice lead global warming recovery, she replied: “More research is needed, we must save the planet for our children”

    Posted by Pickles on 2007 11 29 at 06:51 PM • permalink

  22. #18

    To survive we must give up our beer fridges. Do they mean everyone, Aussies included?

    Not. Going. To. Happen.

    Posted by kae on 2007 11 29 at 06:53 PM • permalink

  23. Thats good, because I’ve already been told I’m not allowed to have a barbecue, eat steak, fart, drive cars, procreate or take overseas trips. My beer fridge was all I had left.

    Posted by Harold on 2007 11 29 at 06:58 PM • permalink

  24. I’m seeing alot of “pay for your lifestyles argument’s lately….

    I thought this was all supposed to be about Climate Change.

    Posted by Admonkeystrator on 2007 11 29 at 06:59 PM • permalink

  25. My beer fridge was all I had left

    It’s OK Harold, we still have social inclusion.

    Posted by Big Jim on 2007 11 29 at 07:04 PM • permalink

  26. Here are my two favourite Canadians doing their bit to increase Canada’s per capita carbon footprint.
    Here’s another pic, just because I like them so much!

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 29 at 07:05 PM • permalink

  27. They will pry my cold beer from my cold, dead fingers.

    Posted by MB on 2007 11 29 at 07:06 PM • permalink

  28. Actually, in winter we use our beer fridges to keep the beer warm.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 11 29 at 07:15 PM • permalink

  29. This should play well with the working man.

    In my younger days I had a beer fridge next to my bed. Nothing like rolling over in the morning and cracking a cold one. If I’d had a toilet and a BBQ in the room I never would of left.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 11 29 at 07:15 PM • permalink

  30. In my earlier days, I kept the beer out on the balcony but changed this habit when I lost twelve good ones to the explosive cold.

    Then I got a fridge.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 11 29 at 07:20 PM • permalink

  31. Well, I’ve got an old fridge and an upright freezer out in the garage.

    They aren’t being used.

    They’re empty.

    I’m going to go home tonight and turn them on.

    Posted by BIWOZ on 2007 11 29 at 07:22 PM • permalink

  32. Bob and Doug MacKenzie are gonna be ticked!

    Posted by MikeTheLibrarian on 2007 11 29 at 07:25 PM • permalink

  33. I’ve got your global warming/cooling solution all worked out.

    Equip your house with central heating and a massive air conditioning plant.

    If it gets too warm, turn up the aircon. If it gets too cool, turn up the heating. Bonus points for using automatic controls.

    Add more heaters and coolers as required.

    Posted by Evil Pundit on 2007 11 29 at 07:33 PM • permalink

  34. ce  ts

    Posted by ooh honey honey on 2007 11 29 at 07:34 PM • permalink

  35. “British Environmentalists need to fuck off,” regular people living normal lifestyles tell New Scientist magazine. “Clearly the implications of going back the stone ages and living in a cave without electricity are not hitting home. In future we’ll consider smacking these sanctimonious fuckwits around a bit — let’s hope it has an effect.”

    Posted by bondo on 2007 11 29 at 07:36 PM • permalink

  36. Just for the record: A fully stocked beer fridge uses less energy than a partially empty one.

    So…you know…do your part and keep that “extra” fridge cranked down low and chock full.

    Posted by Teaparty on 2007 11 29 at 07:37 PM • permalink

  37. Before we got the 3 grand-ferals living with us, we had two fridges, two freezers and a bar fridge for Ma and myself. We are now looking to add one more of each to go outside next to the barbecue we are putting in.

    I will then invite our local MP, the Minister for Social Inclusion, around for a house warming, and see if we can drown her in the neighbours pool.

    Sounds like a plan to me.

    Posted by Pa Feral on 2007 11 29 at 07:41 PM • permalink

  38. Beer fridges?

    Are these people crazy?

    They should concentrate on more urgent threats.

    Electric guitars.

    From now on it’s really “unplugged” time.

    Have you any idea of the emissions caused
    by “Smoke on the water” coming from
    electric instruments in 4 million
    music shops daily.

    Posted by dver on 2007 11 29 at 07:42 PM • permalink

  39. This research helps inform people — let’s hope it has an effect.

    It does.  It inspires me to GET a beer fridge - and I don’t even like beer.

    Puritanistic idiots.

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 11 29 at 07:43 PM • permalink

  40. Re: #32,
      But they won’t be pissed if this “scientist” has her way.

    Yes, I’m talking to myself.  It’s a dangerous sign….

    Posted by MikeTheLibrarian on 2007 11 29 at 07:44 PM • permalink

  41. We’re still allowed to barbeque pandas and keep Pygmies as chimney sweeps right?

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 11 29 at 07:49 PM • permalink

  42. #41 IT

    I thought that the panda got that colour by going down the chimney, and I thought the pygmies tasted tough. I got it wrong, obviously.

    Posted by Pa Feral on 2007 11 29 at 07:53 PM • permalink

  43. Frivolous luxury??? Nay! A vital necessity!!!

    Posted by andycanuck on 2007 11 29 at 08:03 PM • permalink

  44. OT, anyone wishing to send Kevin a thank you xmas gift , may i recommend this juicy morsel if you wish to gain favour in the court of Emperor KRUDD. morsel

    Posted by bailador on 2007 11 29 at 08:05 PM • permalink

  45. Oh, sure.  This latter-day Carrie Nation wants everyone to drink their beer warm, like the British do!  Well, we in America had a revolution over that very thing!  (OK, OK, it was really tea and taxes, but same principle)

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 11 29 at 08:12 PM • permalink

  46. Ater the beer fridges it’ll be the turn of the huge freezers in which Canadians keep the deer they’ve shot.

    Posted by David Morgan on 2007 11 29 at 08:17 PM • permalink

  47. As an Upstate New Yorker, I naturally have a beer fridge in the garage off the kitchen. Keeps my Labatts Blue cold in summer and warm (not frozen) in winter.

    The Bible says, “Many are cold but few are frozen”.

    Still, I don’t want to take any chances.

    Posted by JDBagain on 2007 11 29 at 08:20 PM • permalink

  48. BTW, I have a message for Joanna Yarrow:

    I don’t have a beer fridge, but I do have a lovely wood stove and lots of fire wood.  Since it is snowing in southeast Washington state (and has been since last night), I lit a fire to ward off the chill, and to keep the place comfortably warm, so as to better enjoy a cold drink.

    So eat me, swampie.  I have better things to do than listen to your Puritanical environmentalist drivel.  Like burning wood. 

    Lots of wood.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 11 29 at 08:30 PM • permalink

  49. I’ve been considering the purchase of a wine cooler/storage fridge, and Joanna has just convinced me to do so!

    Lecturing people about spare fridges… what on earth is next?

    Posted by Dr Alice on 2007 11 29 at 08:42 PM • permalink

  50. Have you any idea of the emissions caused by “Smoke on the water” coming from electric instruments in 4 million music shops daily.

    And that’s just from the employees screaming.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2007 11 29 at 08:44 PM • permalink

  51. This discussion just reminds me of what a pathetic excuse for a RWDB I am. 960-sq ft home, one smallish fridge, CFL lightbulbs everywhere, 40-mpg subcompact car, thermostat never over 68 degrees… and I planted twenty trees around my property.

    Christ, I’ve got a carbon footprint of .00025 Algores.

    Do I get a pass because it’s due to skinflintedness? Well, not the trees, but that’s because I wanted a screen to keep other people’s eyes off of my property.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2007 11 29 at 08:53 PM • permalink

  52. #51 - Jeezus, that’s embarrassing. Please tell me your hobbies involve whales, boats and pointy metal things?

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2007 11 29 at 08:59 PM • permalink

  53. Dr Alice

    Good for you…and tell Joanna, to stick it.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 09:01 PM • permalink

  54. #52 - Well, I do have lots of guns. And a motorcycle with a non-EPA-compliant performance exhaust. So I’m not a complete pussy.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2007 11 29 at 09:01 PM • permalink

  55. I think you should all ease up on Joanna Yarrow.
    There she is, living in her rammed earth and sod hut. 
    Wearing clothes made only from the matted felt of her hair.
    Subsisting solely upon partially digested grain gleaned from the droppings of other animals.
    Warmed only with fire started by lightning.
    Your frivolous greed for beer fridges is keeping you from a fulfilling existence at one with gaia.

    Posted by lotocoti on 2007 11 29 at 09:03 PM • permalink

  56. #51, Dave S., I’m even worse. I have an overpowered motorcycle, but I don’t have a car at all and the motorcycle gets about 18km/litre (or 50mpg to you non-Antipodeans). Damn thing might as well be a Prius. My apartment has neither central heating nor airconditioning, and I have only one fridge. I do fly a lot as part of my job, but according to Toni Colette that doesn’t count towards your carbon footprint. At this rate I’m going to be drummed out the VRWC.

    However, I did buy a humungous plasma screen a few months ago. Perhaps I should leave it on 24/7 playing Red Dawn on continuous loop?

    Posted by squawkbox on 2007 11 29 at 09:13 PM • permalink

  57. Oh yes, and I work in mining, so I suppose I get a few extra points for raping Gaia

    Posted by squawkbox on 2007 11 29 at 09:19 PM • permalink

  58. Fuck all.  After a week plus of busting my ass to prep for a gig, I decide to pop open a brew and catch up at “La Casa Del Blair” only to find…  I don’t own a beer fridge.

    That’s why I come here: For the edumacational factor.  I’m buying myself a beer fridge for Christmas.

    I was born in Canada.  I have dual citizenship.  And people wonder why I don’t travel with a Canadian passport?!

    OK.  So US moonbats are just as bad.  Still, traveling with a US passport when I could get a Canadian one makes a statement.

    A statement I’m all too happy to make when crap like this comes up.

    I’m going to feel especially good driving my pickup 1,125 miles this weekend, despite the high gas prices.  It’ll more than make up for the beer fridge I don’t - yet - own.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2007 11 29 at 09:34 PM • permalink

  59. I need clarification from someone who knows about these things.

    I understand that beer fridges are an existential threat to humanity but where does that leave my tofu fridge?

    Posted by Jack Lacton on 2007 11 29 at 09:44 PM • permalink

  60. #59 Jack

    LMFAO!!!

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 29 at 09:47 PM • permalink

  61. #22 Never. Ever.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 29 at 09:53 PM • permalink

  62. However, I did buy a humungous plasma screen a few months ago. Perhaps I should leave it on 24/7 playing Red Dawn on continuous loop?


    “WOLVERINES!”

    Posted by Dave S. on 2007 11 29 at 10:18 PM • permalink

  63. Canadians have beer fridges?  I thought all Canadians post-Trudeau were proof that the Bible was wrong in saying “the meek shall inherit the earth”.  Between Canuck contributors to this site and my Calgary mate Michael here at work, I think hey, maybe there’s hope for them yet. 

    Any Canadian with a beer fridge qualifies as an honorary Aussie.

    Posted by Ubique on 2007 11 29 at 10:21 PM • permalink

  64. It just occurred to me… Heineken (or at least, I think it was them) have the coolest ads around.

    Walking into a cafe this morning, I saw a poster that said “Glaciers? Canadians only see giant beer fridges”.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 29 at 10:26 PM • permalink

  65. Gaia Savers, here is your answer.

    Produced by electric car firm Tesla Motors, the Roadster is a fully electronic sports car. Tesla claims prototypes have been able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds.

    Unveiled in 2006, the car was expected in 2007, but delays have pushed back its debut to early 2008. But good luck finding one. They are sold out.

    Tesla Motors

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 10:27 PM • permalink

  66. #63
    “Any Canadian with a beer fridge qualifies as an honorary Aussie.”

    Those honours are not issued lightly! :)

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 29 at 10:27 PM • permalink

  67. I think we have amassed all the evidence necessary to prove that it is these dipwit leftie enviro-mental cases who are the real “frivolous luxury” on this planet.

    There is a point at which sanctimonious stupidity becomes so egregious that one can and should call it “evil” instead of merely “ignorant”.

    Cheers, everyone! (He sucks on a chilly White Zinfandel de Affordåble;  No beer here, but what the heck).

    Posted by zeppenwolf on 2007 11 29 at 10:50 PM • permalink

  68. “The problem is that the beer fridges are mostly decades-old machines that began their second careers as beverage dispensers when Canadians upgraded to more energy-efficient models to store whatever Canadians eat besides doughnuts and poutine.”

    This is a quote from the article in New Scientist.

    What I want to know is, WTF is poutine?

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 29 at 11:00 PM • permalink

  69. Global Warming: Is There Anything It Can’t Do?
    Andrea’s Place

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 11:03 PM • permalink

  70. Pogria

      poutine
    [poo-TEN] The ultimate in French-Canadian junk food, poutine is a mélange of warm french fries, topped with fresh cheese curds, then smothered with gravy. The subject of the gravy is widely debated-some say it should be beef, others declare chicken gravy is the only way to go, and still others proclaim a spicy barbecue sauce is the answer. This Québécois favorite is consumed while hot with a fork.

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 11:04 PM • permalink

  71. The Inefficient Beer Fridge is such a menace that here in Ontario our illustrious government has decided we have to get David fucking Suzuki to scold us about the use of such polar-bear-drowning soul-destroying devices. Repent!

    Being a cheap bastard at heart, I’m all for paying as little electricity as possible. But I think I’ll decide what is ‘possible’, and not leave it up to some bureaucrat, thank you very much.

    Posted by Crispytoast on 2007 11 29 at 11:07 PM • permalink

  72. Sorry…info on poutine from Answers.com

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 11:07 PM • permalink

  73. #70 Thanks El Cid

    mmmmmm I think I’d like it all three ways! mmmmm

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 29 at 11:09 PM • permalink

  74. Pogria

    mmmmmm I think I’d like it all three ways! mmmmm

    Does sound damn good. I’ll second your all three ways. THAT would make the cheapest beer taste great…lol.

    not that I’d know…:)

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 11:15 PM • permalink

  75. El Cid,

    I’m not a beer drinker, (don’t hold it against me!), but my spare fridge is full of eggs and champagne. Just like Marilyn Monroe’s!

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 29 at 11:22 PM • permalink

  76. While we’re on the subject of GW, here’s a cracking article on the loss of words that are scary enough to warn us about the impending doom associated with Climate Change.

    It is complete with obligatory picture of gorgeous baby polar bear.

    Warning; it has descriptions of “really bad stuff!”.

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 29 at 11:33 PM • permalink

  77. #3 Who has only one beer fridge?

    Having more than one beer fridge per room is just silly, where are you going to put the wine cabinets?

    Posted by rob w on 2007 11 29 at 11:35 PM • permalink

  78. I think that in the interests of fixing Goreball Wormening, all Canadians should follow Algore’s example and use the fridge in their private jet to store their beer.

    Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 11 29 at 11:38 PM • permalink

  79. #78, quite right, LONG LUNCHES with EXPENSIVE WINE are a vital part of the RWDB lifestyle.

    ...Aah, trolls aint what they used to be…

    Posted by squawkbox on 2007 11 29 at 11:39 PM • permalink

  80. 75 Pogria

    my spare fridge is full of eggs and champagne

    What an omelet we could make…:).

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 29 at 11:55 PM • permalink

  81. They said that if George W. Bush was re-elect President Canadian beer fridges would become a frivolous luxury.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 29 at 11:57 PM • permalink

  82. *re-elected!*

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 30 at 12:00 AM • permalink

  83. “University of Alberta researcher Denise Young, who led the study, suggests that provincial authorities hold beer-fridge buy-backs or round-ups to eliminate the threat — methods that Americans use to get guns off the streets.

    And it’ll probably be about as successful.

    Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2007 11 30 at 12:11 AM • permalink

  84. “Round-ups”

    Don’t like the sound of “round-ups”.  No, not one bit.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 30 at 12:26 AM • permalink

  85. Did the perky Ms. Yarrow or the equally perky Ms. Young compute how many beer fridges to an Algore private jet trip or a Nobel Prize dinner in Phoenix?  Just asking

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 30 at 12:42 AM • permalink

  86. Do I get a pass because it’s due to skinflintedness? Well, not the trees, but that’s because I wanted a screen to keep other people’s eyes off of my property.

    Trees act as an excellent windbreak in the winter, reducing heating costs.  In the summer, they provide shade, reducing heating costs. 

    So, in terms of skinflintedness, you’re golden.

    Besides, most trees are excellent sniper perches (or just for Peeping Toms), if they are large enough.  Further, you can carve your initials in them, and they are handy as impromptu urinals during parties.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 11 30 at 12:43 AM • permalink

  87. Headline of the day   [Mark Steyn]

    From Fox News:

    Study: Canadian Beer Drinkers Threaten Planet

    I’ve never felt prouder.

    At The Corner/NRO

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 30 at 01:01 AM • permalink

  88. #70 - please tell me you’re joking….

    Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 11 30 at 01:08 AM • permalink

  89. #88 I fear it’s genuine. It’s amazing how the French-Canadians have taken all the worst aspects of French culture (like politics) and discarded the best (like food).

    Posted by squawkbox on 2007 11 30 at 01:11 AM • permalink

  90. British environmental consultant Joanna Yarrow

    I have two problems with her or him, first one is British and second is a environmental consultant

    Posted by Old school on 2007 11 30 at 01:35 AM • permalink

  91. 88 Barbara

    Nope, at least from the definition had. I’ve been to New Orleans, LA on several occasions.

    French Canadians down in that area are known as Cajuns, but I’ve never had poutine.

    Being of Sicilian heritage, I have had God knows how many Muffaletta

    Posted by El Cid on 2007 11 30 at 01:39 AM • permalink

  92. #90 - With a name like Joanna Yarrow, what else could she be but an environmental consultant?

    Posted by squawkbox on 2007 11 30 at 01:43 AM • permalink

  93. I don’t really think that the beer fridge initiative is going to achieve too much.

    We need to have special lanes set aside for hybrid cars, we would be able to overtake Canada in no time. More hybrid cars which means more environmental damage from their manufacture, with the added benefit of more co2 caused by normal cars being stuck in traffic.

    Posted by rob w on 2007 11 30 at 01:51 AM • permalink

  94. #92

    Well, she could be the sister of a nutcase singer named Peter.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2007 11 30 at 01:52 AM • permalink

  95. “...frivolous luxury like a beer fridge…”

    So when did “enviromental consultant” become code for interfering moron?  I have a beer fridge.  It sits out on my front deck.

    Molon labe, assholes.

    Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 11 30 at 01:54 AM • permalink

  96. #23,*LOL* Just had this vision of you and your little beer fridge, forlorn and alone in the snowy wilderness, endlessly looking of that elusive powerpoint…

    Cheers!

    Posted by carpefraise on 2007 11 30 at 02:44 AM • permalink

  97. for that eluisive powerpoint…

    Posted by carpefraise on 2007 11 30 at 02:44 AM • permalink

  98. And of course I mean elusive.

    That’s it - I’m trimming my nails below the quick.

    Posted by carpefraise on 2007 11 30 at 02:45 AM • permalink

  99. ‘Don’t like the sound of “round-ups”.  No, not one bit.’

    I was wondering when the socialists would get around to broaching that subject (confiscation of private property).

    Ultimate goal same as always, the state owns everything, we’re allowed to own only what the state permits.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2007 11 30 at 02:49 AM • permalink

  100. A rather better presentation on poutine is at Montreal Poutine. While some balk at the description, poutine is tasty and can be addictive.

    Cheers

    Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 11 30 at 03:46 AM • permalink

  101. I am surprised nobody has made the obvious point that form a Canadian’s perspective, global warming would surely have to be a good thing.

    Posted by entropy on 2007 11 30 at 05:35 AM • permalink

  102. #100 J.M.

    that stuff looks absolutely delish to me.

    Chips, cheese, sauce, or gravy!

    What the hell is wrong with that!!!!!mmmmmmmmmm

    Posted by Pogria on 2007 11 30 at 06:19 AM • permalink

  103. They will have to take my gun before they take my Innes & Gunn.

    Posted by Razor on 2007 11 30 at 08:07 AM • permalink

  104. Innis & Gunn

    I read the FAQ and, for a change, they helped!

    Posted by Razor on 2007 11 30 at 08:13 AM • permalink

  105. So, if the beer fridge keeps things cold, and the problem is the earth is getting warmer, then all we need to do is put the earth into the beer fridge.

    My beer fridge is too full to hold the earth so I guess I have to drink some more tonight.

    Posted by Captain Sensible on 2007 11 30 at 08:29 AM • permalink

  106. We should at least keep ‘em stocked so as to reduce our ‘per beer’ carbon emissions.  We can at least do this much.

    So, I guess hockey rinks are killing the planet too then, all that energy being used to make ice; there’s some nice GW irony there, me thinks.

    Posted by Mike C on 2007 11 30 at 09:58 AM • permalink

  107. BLAME CANADA!

    Posted by mojo on 2007 11 30 at 11:42 AM • permalink

  108. Pogria
    The secret is in the cheese curds. Cheddar cheese curds.

    Cheers

    Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 11 30 at 05:17 PM • permalink

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