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Globe columnist lauds Trump and says there is no climate consensus

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[Trump's Mini-Me's are crawling out of the Canadian woodwork with mainstream media support. See also: We Should Be (Very) Afraid Of Kevin O'Leary. *RON*]
Karl Nerenberg, rabble.ca, 15 December 2016


The Globe and Mail is a serious newspaper, which generally treats facts and evidence with respect.

But one has to ask who was checking the facts when, earlier this week, it printed a series of howlers about the current state of climate science by columnist Margaret Wente.

"There is no consensus on how much more the Earth will warm or how dangerous it will be, and still less on the best ways to mitigate the risk," Wente wrote, and then, for good measure, added an ad hominem attack on unnamed "climate alarmists" who "have done a brilliant job of demonizing anyone who points out that the apocalypse may not be at hand."

A 148-year-old temperature record broken in Sydney

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[Meanwhile, Trans Mountain Pipeline Approval Was Right Decision For Canada. *RON*]
Al Jazeera and News Agencies, 14 December 2016
Sydney has just broken a record that has stood since 1868 - the overnight temperature stayed above 27C.

Justin Trudeau: 'Globalisation isn't working for ordinary people'

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[Trudeau claims this out of one side of his mouth, while lauding CETA out the other, which will jack up the cost of prescription drugs for 'ordinary people.' And, as of last month he was still out banging the drums for that job- and democracy-killer the TPP: Trudeau meets with Obama in Peru to strategize trade future if Trump pulls out of TPP deal. Such deals hard-wire structural inequality into our societies. *RON*]

Ashifa Kassam & Laurence Mathieu-L├ęger, The Guardian, 15 December 2016

Ordinary people around the world have been failed by globalisation, Justin Trudeau has told the Guardian, as he sought to explain a turbulent year marked by the election of Donald Trump, the Brexit vote and the rise of anti-establishment, nation-first parties around the world.

World Bank raises record $75bn to help poorest members

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[This 'record' pledge, should it ever be collected, is .009 of Global GDP (78.28 trillion). *RON*]

Larry Elliott, The Guardian, 15 December 2016
The World Bank has pledged to step up the fight against extreme poverty after announcing that tough negotiations with rich countries have left it with a record $75bn (£60bn) for grants and soft loans to its poorest members over the next three years.

China should plan to take Taiwan by force after Trump call, state media says

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[And he isn't even sworn in yet! Global Times says Beijing should ‘punish militarily’ any moves to undermine One China policy – which US president-elect has said he might not uphold. See also: China installs weapons systems on artificial islands: U.S. think tank; and Chinese warship seizes US underwater drone in international waters. *RON*]

Benjamin Haas, The Guardian, 15 December 2016 China should plan to take Taiwan by force and make swift preparations for a military incursion, a Communist party-controlled newspaper has said, after US president-elect Donald Trump broke decades of diplomatic protocol in the region.

The complicated geopolitics of renewable energy

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[From my friend Richard! " :-) A good overview. Control over supply will be more dispersed. The geopolitics will involve factors that are both more predictable (e.g., demand, storage, transportation) and inherently unpredictable (e.g., government policies). Somewhat oddly, the word "military" isn't used once. *RON*]
Sergey Paltsev, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 4 October 2016, pp. 390-395


Abstract. A recent UN climate agreement has the potential to shift global energy consumption from a mix dominated by fossil fuels to one driven by low-carbon technologies. It is clear that if this happens, fossil-fuel-producing countries will have to adjust their economies to reflect lower export earnings from oil, coal, and natural gas. The rise of renewable energy may also create new centers of geopolitical power. As renewable resources become widely distributed, supply-side geopolitics are expected to be less influential than in the f…