The Best Statement on Electric Car Subsidies

I really wanted to title this post “Make Canada Great Again,” but I resisted. Doug Ford makes a good start in Ontario

Another politician is keeping campaign promises. What is the world coming too?</sarcasm>

Oh, and those subsidies… under the heading “Pay for your own fancy car.”

Soon the subsidies for green cars will fall by the wayside. This should go for the same reason the reno program went. If you can afford to buy a Honda Clarity starting at $39,900 instead of the Civic at $16,790 or the Accord at $26,590 then you don’t need my help.

These more than pissed me off when the US .gov was handing them out to people buying Tesla Roadsters that cost more than most people make in a year. People buying those cars did NOT need a handout from someone making $60 grand a year. But that is exactly what they were getting. Still are getting.

Also going by the wayside in Ontario: reimbursements for rehabbing your house, and catered meals for the members of the parliamentary caucus. (He paid for a pizza lunch himself, told the members they would have to brown bag it, “Like normal folks,” in the future.)

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Feel-good Story for Monday Morning

Thank God it’s Monday! Or maybe not. But this is a nice story. A wounded Florida Keys manatee was rescued and patched up | Miami Herald

These creatures are cute, in an ugly sort of way. This one got tangled up in some fishing line, so severely that the line was digging into the skin of his fins. But they rescued him.

“Dr. Rodriguez successfully removed all of the fishing line from the manatee,” Stella said. “The animal’s injuries were thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, and antibiotics were administered.”

Click through for photos and short video (that makes very little sense).

Volcanoes

First up is Guatemala’s “Volcano of Fire.” This is an ongoing disaster. Pyroclastic flows – gases and ash, reaching 1300 degrees – inundated some areas. Other areas were buried in ash and mud. The death toll is at least 75, the last I heard, but I’m sure that number will go up. There was apparently no warning. (video is 1 minute, 29 seconds)

Kilauea has been in the news recently, because it destroyed a bunch of homes, but Kilauea erupting isn’t really news. This volcano has been erupting continuously since 1983, and since December of last year has been dumping lava into the sea. (Video is just over 1 minute.)

After the break is a longer video of Kilauea – about 10 minutes – no narration. Just aerial footage of various stages of the eruption.

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San Francisco Used To Be a Beautiful City

Now it is a hazardous waste dump. Survey of Downtown San Francisco Reveals Trash on Every Block, 303 Piles of Feces and 100 Drug Needles – NBC Bay Area

It is beyond gross; it is dangerous.

“If you do get stuck with these disposed needles you can get HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and a variety of other viral diseases,” said Dr. Lee Riley, an infectious disease expert at University of California, Berkeley. He warned that once fecal matter dries, it can become airborne, releasing potentially dangerous viruses, such as the rotavirus. “If you happen to inhale that, it can also go into your intestine,” he said. The results can prove fatal, especially in children.

“The contamination is … much greater than communities in Brazil or Kenya or India,” he said. He notes that in those countries, slum dwellings are often long-term homes for families and so there is an attempt to make the surroundings more livable. Homeless communities in San Francisco, however, are often kicked out from one part of town and forced to relocate to another. The result is extreme contamination, according to Riley.

The city budget (2016-2017) included about $60 million for “street environmental services.” Translation: cleaning up the crap.

Lots of photos, and a video (I didn’t watch) at the link above. H/T DailyWire.

When Even HuffPo Recognizes That You Are a Climate Hypocrite…

It is fair to say you are doing something wrong. The Climate Change Hypocrisy Of Jet-Setting Academics | HuffPost

First the statistics.

What is the carbon footprint of flying? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a typical passenger vehicle emits about 4.7 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year. One round trip flight from Washington, D.C., to Beijing generates 4.3 metric tons of CO2 per passenger seated in economy class, almost equivalent to the annual footprint of an average car. If you fly business class, multiply this by a factor of three.

They go on about how the academics don’t want to give up jet-setting, and their “excuses.” They don’t want to consider anything like teleconferencing, since it is so much more fun to actually go to Paris, than it is to sit in your office and just talk to people in Paris.

[University of Washington’s] analysis of travel reimbursement data suggested that its professional travel that year amounted to 136 million miles and created 23,811 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent.

Hat tip to Eric Worrall of Watts Up With That?, who notes:

Why should any of us take academic warnings about anthropogenic CO2 seriously, when behind closed doors those same academics demonstrate their true level of concern by competing with each other to create the largest possible professional carbon footprint?

Springtime in the United Kingdom

Spring is almost here, and its arrival is greeted with a mini-blizzard in the UK. Snow hits Britain: Flights cancelled as ‘mini Beast from the East’ sweeps in. I blame global warming. (Or is it climate change?)

I know I shouldn’t laugh at other people’s misery, this isn’t a real snow storm. (I grew up in Chicagoland – greater Chicago for those of you not from Illinois. Things didn’t stop or even slow down much unless there was close to a foot of snow.) Britain is woefully unequipped to handle snow. If you click through, the image they show indicates about one half inch. And it appears the temperature is high enough to let the snow melt off the roads. (Since I don’t think they are using salt or brine, that puts the temperature at about 28 degrees Fahrenheit or better.)

“Bitterly cold is the best way to describe it – temperatures on the face of it probably just around freezing, but with wind it’s going to feel well below freezing.”

And here I always thought the British were supposed to be tough.

It isn’t really cold enough in the UK to go ice skating, unless you count indoor rinks. “Bitterly cold” by Chicago standards would be minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit, or about -28 degrees C.