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The Age last year launched a greenhouse gas indicator to shame its small readership into living miserably:
This will enable readers to monitor how the state’s power and energy sources are being used. We also hope for individual results: that each person who consults the indicators will perhaps be a little more energy-efficient and, at the same time, contribute to the overall aim to bring emissions down to more acceptable levels. As Mao Zedong said, a journey of a thousand of miles begins with a single step.
Great environmentalist Mao brought humans down to “more acceptable levels”. Let’s see how the Age’s campaign is working out:
Annual greenhouse gas emissions from energy in Victoria have soared by nearly 30% …
According to the greenhouse indicator, a world-first project designed to track a state’s continuing contribution to climate change, Victoria emitted 103.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2007, compared with 80 million tonnes in 1990.
Keep on trackin’, li’l greenhouse indicator.
I don’t think this really qualifies as greenhouse gas, but it sure made me want to choke.
Based on the comments of some of the prospective voters, I think a certain amount of disenfranchisement is arguably in the best interest of our country.
Do the staff at the Age really believe quoting Mao gives them some sort of gravitas?
You can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs*, I suppose…
*As noted by Pulitzer Prize-winning NY Times journalist propagandist Walter Duranty in response to complaints about Stalin’s “excesses”.Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 01 07 at 02:38 PM • permalink
- And they mis-attributed the quote, no less.
.Note to self: read comments first, then post.Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 01 07 at 02:40 PM • permalink
Apparently the excess CO2 emissions in Victoria and adversely effecting the Great Northwest. If we have any More Global Warmening we’ll be up to our asses in it.Posted by swassociates on 2008 01 07 at 02:45 PM • permalink
Yeah, swassassociates, I’m watching the snowpack here in the Pacific Northwest, and it took a terrific jump over the weekend. Heck, it’s snowing here in Walla Walla right now!
And I hears ya, jlc. We need to take Important Action now, else all them Canucks will stampede across the international border, and overwhelm our fast food resturaunt chains.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 07 at 03:01 PM • permalink
I’m watching the snowpack here in the Pacific Northwest, and it took a terrific jump over the weekend.
I spent two weeks in Bend Oregon over Christmas and New Years. I shoveled Global Warmening in huge amounts daily until I thought my back would break. Anymore of this Warnening problem and we’ll freeze our Cajones off.Posted by swassociates on 2008 01 07 at 03:22 PM • permalink
And I hears ya, jlc. We need to take Important Action now, else all them Canucks will stampede across the international border, and overwhelm our fast food resturaunt chains.
It’s already started…we just got a Tim Horton’s. Damn the Canadians and their fresh coffee, we need another border fence to the north!!!Posted by Old Tanker on 2008 01 07 at 03:24 PM • permalink
all them Canucks will stampede across the international border, and overwhelm our fast food resturaunt chains.
Well, who could blame them? I mean, poutine versus chili cheese fries? C’mon.
Well, who could blame them?
I don’t blame them, Achillea. I just don’t to fight my way through a horde of starving Canadians for my chili cheese fries.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 07 at 03:46 PM • permalink
It’s already started…we just got a Tim Horton’s.
CALL OUT THE MILITIA!! MAN YOUR DEFENSIVE POSITIONS, AND DON’T SHOOT UNTIL YOU SEE THE WHITE OF THEIR POUTINE!!!!!!!!Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 07 at 03:47 PM • permalink
And, dang, I see that swassassociates is dealing with global wormening, depriving us of yet another rifle. Damn you, Al Gore! DAMN YOU TO HELL!!!!!!Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 07 at 03:48 PM • permalink
- Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 01 07 at 04:32 PM • permalink
It’s not the hockey sticks, jlc. I just want my daily ration of chili cheese fries without resorting to violence. Promise me that much, and I’ll demobilize the militia.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 07 at 04:34 PM • permalink
Yep, Mr. Lileks, those watermelons surely do display their true colors, don’t they?Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 07 at 04:35 PM • permalink
We’ll leave our hockey sticks at home, if that’s what’s troubling you.
Bring the lumber, I’m looking for a good game…just remember, we don’t have “tooks”(sp) down here.
Actually, I’ve grown fond of the B.E.L.T. at Tim Horton’s, I’m just disappointed he never played for the Red Wings!Posted by Old Tanker on 2008 01 07 at 04:46 PM • permalink
CheersPosted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2008 01 07 at 04:50 PM • permalink
Annual greenhouse gas emissions from energy in Victoria have soared by nearly 30%
And suddenly, buying that new 4WD seems even more worthwhile than before. Now if only I can make the BBQ smoke a little more, I should be able to make that a 31% increase. Time to start fooling around with mesquite…Posted by Renegade Lawyer on 2008 01 07 at 05:03 PM • permalink
Victoria emitted 103.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2007
I have questions.
Is carbon dioxide heavier than air?
Does it settle on the ground and if so will it stain my shoes like as if I’m walking through shit?
Or does it mix with other gasses and if so do they get really pissed off with the demo-graphical situation?
Where will the other gasses live if Co2 keeps hogging all the space.
Can I kill the little bastards after I create them?
Maybe there is a business opportunity like paint ball where weekend worriers can make them go splat.
It’s just that I feel like carbon is taking over the world and I don’t want to get my shoes dirty.
#7: ‘Mao, the environmentalist, who ordered his hordes to kill all the sparrows to increase the crops? Well, birds mostly eat insects. Oops! How many millions of people starved to death?’
All part of the New Long March, Redd. Mao also commanded the peasants to kill flies and bugs by hand and turn all their saucepans into lumps of useless slag.
I love the mild metro-sexual politeness of The Age in the face of Gore’s World Crisis:
‘will [you] perhaps be a little more energy-efficient’.
If GW really is the greatest world threat since Hitler, it’s like saying to him [or to Osama]: ‘will you perhaps be a little more restrained in murdering Jews and invading countries.’?
- You fellas better hurry and crank it up a notch to stave off this.
”…Annual greenhouse gas emissions from energy in Victoria have soared by nearly 30%…”
The population of Victoria has risen by nearly the same amount (~26%).
What’s your point?Posted by Jay Santos on 2008 01 07 at 08:01 PM • permalink
What’s your point?
Assuming that you’re addressing the denizens of Blairistan™, Jay (apologies if the question was rhetorical)……
1. The staff of the Age have no clue that demographics play a key role in carbon “production”;
2. The staff of the Age are ignorant of statistics;
3. The “greenhouse gas indicator” is a farce launched by idiots.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 07 at 08:24 PM • permalink
#11 & @12 Please save some of that coldening to give it time to blow over Canada. We’ve got a WARMENING, shudder, going on here. It’s a January thaw, often happens. We Canucks in Eastern Ontario are desperately trying to survive until the weekend, when it will snow and become cold again <sigh>Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 07 at 08:56 PM • permalink
#33 I posted a link to that this weekend and was dubious. That “institute” is a hoax.
But, a clever one, as many more people are coming to real;ise that the Sun does play an eensie-weemsie role in the Earth’s climate.Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 07 at 09:02 PM • permalink
#20 It’s not just the Tim Hortons, or your guns we come for … it’s …STANLEY CUP
GO SENS GO
GO SENS GO … repeatPosted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 07 at 09:08 PM • permalink
Wimpy, not so fast….Lord Stanley may be making his summer home in Detroit this year!!!Posted by Old Tanker on 2008 01 07 at 09:24 PM • permalink
#41 In the tank! I’m looking forward to Ottawa taking down one of the original six, in the final, on a hot summer’s day! (?)Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 07 at 09:27 PM • permalink
Your troika of astute observations however, underlines my original point.
Disturbingly, the nuf-nuf’s and Mensa-level quantity surveyors at the ‘non-profit’ Climate Group and SmAged seem to think that 8 Goracles in a room would generate the same amount of hot air as 4.
At that I gotsta scream bullshiat…Posted by Jay Santos on 2008 01 07 at 10:21 PM • permalink
#11 #12 #13 I got this picture in an email from a friend in t’other hemisphere. Curse you, Global Warming!Posted by spot_the_dog on 2008 01 07 at 11:42 PM • permalink
At that I gotsta scream bullshiat…
Amen.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 08 at 12:49 AM • permalink
Mao, the environmentalist, who ordered his hordes to kill all the sparrows to increase the crops? Well, birds mostly eat insects.
One of my wife’s uncles included mention of that event in one of two books that he wrote about his experiences in China.
He was an American-born Chinese who, after graduating from medical school in Southern California, went to China to help rebuild it after WW2.
He did end up seeing first hand things like the Red Guards, the Great Leap Forward, the elevation of peasant/traditional medical practice over western medicine, etc etc etc. But he survived it all, and came back in the mid-80s to live here until he passed away a couple of years ago. Some of the stories would raise the hair on the back of your neck; all told in a calm, matter of fact tone.
It is high time the Age put its money where its mouth is and refuse to accept advertising for cars, airlines, holidays and everything else it expects Victorians to go without in the name of saving the planet. The editor of the Age has taken such a strong stance on this issue he has no choice but to resign if the board won’t stop running car ads and the like. Sure he will. I’m sure he is an honorable man (chuckle, chuckle)
Chairman Mao say “Man who run behind car get exhausted”.Posted by Crispytoast on 2008 01 08 at 02:00 AM • permalink
Greenhouse gas gauge … hey, I have one of those! My fuel gauge!Posted by rightwingprof on 2008 01 08 at 01:11 PM • permalink
You’ll let me keep my blue armband, bermuda shorts and oxblood wingtips though won’t you Dave?Posted by Jay Santos on 2008 01 08 at 06:16 PM • permalink
I wish the Age and SMH would stop murdering trees and using their skin to print newspapers. lol. Furthermore, the entire staff of the Age should bury themselves alive and hence remove an extra burden on GAIA.Posted by Wylie Wilde on 2008 01 10 at 11:47 AM • permalink
Chairman Mao came up with “a journey of a thousand of miles begins with a single step.”? Really? Wasn’t it Confucius or Lao Tzu or one of them ancient types?