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Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 14:16:14 in Canada Business

“The Nissan Leaf 2013 model is advertised as having a 75-mile range on a full charge. The Chevy Spark 2013 is advertised at 82 miles.

Oil is discovered every year but this is barely compensating for the exhaustion of existing wells. The IEA forecasts slight increase in fossil fuel production over the next thirty years, but this is wildly insufficient relative to growing energy demand in China, India, and elsewhere in the developing world.

"by then some of our grandchildren will find an alternative - my guess is that it won't be electricity."
Electricity is already is a cleaner alternative for much of fuel use (long-haul road transport and flight being major exceptions). I'd love for some other alternative to be developed in the future as non-fossil-fuel-based electricity generation has its own problems (though lesser), but until then, weaning our economy off fossil fuels can only lead be positive, so I really don't see why some people insist that we delay it further (other than the minority who stand to line their pockets).”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 00:16:30 in Canada Business

“Rage? Their range is 160 kilometres on a charge. Do most people drive more than that in a day?

Outdated? Yes. It's finite, non-renewable, and dirty compared to newer technologies. Most analysts agree that we are near or slightly past peak oil. I don't know where you get your fairy-tales about infinite oil supply, but they are just fairy tales.

The only thing that electric can't compete with is power for heavy lifting or, say, flight. Let's save what oil we have left for that instead of blowing it on driving to the grocery store when an electric vehicle can easily do that.

And yes, Obama is right leaning, unless you wish to argue that corporate cronyism, private health care, and imperialist foreign policy are somehow left-leaning! If Obama is a leftie, so was Bush, so is Harper, etc.”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 10:52:55 in Canada Business

“To start with, I don't have an electric car because I don't need a car, but if I did need one you bet I'd have an electric one. Second, the Obama administration is a right-leaning government (subsidies to the rich, forced payment to private healthcare, war, etc.). Third, the main fallacy here is that the electric car isn't nowhere as convenient as a gas car because of the availability of charging stations and general mistrust. The technology itself has now reached a point where electric cars are perfectly suitable for casual everyday use.

Finally, what I don't understand is why you're so insistent on sticking with outdated technology that is clearly unsustainable? Do you stand something to gain from this? Do you stand something to lose from cheaper and cleaner technology? Or is it just a point of pride: not admitting that the 'kumbaya socialists' you so irrationally despise were right all along?”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 09:57:33 in Canada Business

“Reprimanding? Well, you assumed wrong about my mode of transport, so I was merely correcting your false assumption, not reprimanding. However, now you are using terms like 'kumbaya' to ridicule something you don't like. The reality is that Mitsubishi, Nissan, Tesla Motors, and Mini are all producing electric cars and infrastructure is slowly being built. It's only a failure if we want to make it one. You're going to have to learn to accept reality sometime soon, Usee.”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 09:51:08 in Canada Business

“At 22 kwh per charge (i.e. 160km), I think we can handle it. In any case, building more electrical production and distribution infrastructure is far better than digging up more tar sands, pumping it around, and burning it.”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 02:04:27 in Canada Business

“Actually, I have a human-powered two-wheeled car. But that's beside the point. Note how I said "given the right infrastructure". Electric cars are not widely available because there is no way to charge them yet, while there is a gas station at every corner. Next time, try to process others' comments before copy-pasting your cookie-cutter soundbyte.”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 02:00:53 in Canada Business

“Yes, we know. Your point?”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 01:27:22 in Canada Business

“That depends on what you mean by soon. Regardless of when 'soon' is, it's still a finite resource.”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 01:26:09 in Canada Business

“The point is that unlike a combustion engine, it can be made without fossil fuels and hence have a significantly lower ecological footprint. Are you just being difficult or do you actually not understand this?”

Ralph Mellish on Dec 8, 2013 at 08:43:14

“I understand that we need to build a lot more nuclear plants and infrastructure before we can even think about using more electricity, and we are not doing it.
In the current state they have installed smart meters and penalizing fees for plugging in your air conditioner at peak hours. What do you think is going to happen when everybody goes home at 5PM and plugs in their car?”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 18:17:33 in Canada Business

“Sure, but since oil is a finite source, how about we stop using it for the stuff that does have alternatives: electric rail transport has long been an option and electric cars for everyday use are already here... given the right infrastructure that is, but instead we're pumping money into supporting the oil industry.”

AudreySophie on Dec 7, 2013 at 20:33:58

“we could developp electricity instead of oil.
I wonder what shock we will have when we will learn there is no more oil”

Ralph Mellish on Dec 7, 2013 at 20:33:27

“Electric railways and cars still need electricity. This is produced by coal, oil, gas, nuclear and water powered generating stations. There is no free ride.”
Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Oilsands Strategy Presentation Indicates 'Worst-Case Scenario' Has Come To Pass

Commented Dec 7, 2013 at 15:27:02 in Canada Business

“I see that you use the Fox News definition of 'fair and balanced'.”
World Cup Groups: Teams Learn Group Stage Opponents In Draw

World Cup Groups: Teams Learn Group Stage Opponents In Draw

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 15:29:43 in Sports

“That article is based on the premise of putting basketball, football, or hockey players on a soccer pitch. Of course it's not going to work. The premise is ridiculous. But that's not what some people are saying. They imagine a scenario where top athletes who possess strength, speed, agility, spatial awareness, etc, chose to *develop* as soccer players. Instead, these natural talents are being honed for a different purpose, though, as Kobe says, if they had been given a soccer ball at age 2 instead of a basketball... who knows? If 300,000,000 Americans had dreamt of winning the world cup instead of the superbowl and honed their athletic skills accordingly, surely 11 talents would have emerged.”
World Cup Groups: Teams Learn Group Stage Opponents In Draw

World Cup Groups: Teams Learn Group Stage Opponents In Draw

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 15:17:11 in Sports

“The Netherlands are runners up from 2010 and Chile is a strong underdog! Its France that has it easy!”
World Cup Groups: Teams Learn Group Stage Opponents In Draw

World Cup Groups: Teams Learn Group Stage Opponents In Draw

Commented Dec 6, 2013 at 15:15:37 in Sports

“Groups E, C, and H have only one 'powerhouse' between them, France, and that's a 'minor' powerhouse at best given how they've been playing recently. So they are all 'weak' groups in that sense, but the interesting thing is that they are all evenly matched up, which makes it almost as interesting as the strong groups. However, it also means that some pretty weak teams will be making it out of the group stages while some big names will have to fall out of Groups A, B, D and G, which is very disappointing from the neutral point of view.”
Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 10:58:02 in World

“What do you mean by 'disagree'? How can you disagree with a dictionary? One of the several dictionary definitions of 'to take' is 'to subtract'.”
Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 10:16:36 in World

“To take also means to subtract. Check a dictionary once in the while if you cherish the language we speak. This is a known joke based on a play on words.”
Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 10:14:22 in World

“The arrows show ice drift, not polar bear migrations. Until global warming produces huge cracks all through the ice sheet so that seals can surface for air, there won't be any bears around. Of course, by then, you'd have nothing to build a house on either, so the question still makes no sense.”
Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 09:46:42 in World

“If the house is sitting at the north pole, there should be no bears whatsoever outside the house. Polar bears live further south by the water, where there are some seals to hunt. So much for being bright, eh?”

Omishinji on Dec 5, 2013 at 13:35:20

“The population in the arctic basin is unknown. They do live where there are seals to hunt, but do travel on the ice. The questions are designed to find people who think unconventionally, and not that well designed.”

Filthy on Dec 5, 2013 at 10:12:03

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Polar_bears_near_north_pole.jpg”

sgillhoolley on Dec 5, 2013 at 09:58:48

“Check out this link. http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/about-polar-bears/sea-ice

The map shows where different groups of polar bears live, and the migration pattern that they follow. Not those on the Divergent Ice and the arrow pointing at the North Pole.”

sgillhoolley on Dec 5, 2013 at 09:54:17

“So you are certain that a polar bear could never wander that far north?”
Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Are You Smarter Than The Mayor Of London? Here's The IQ Test Boris Johnson Failed (VIDEO)

Commented Dec 5, 2013 at 09:43:26 in World

“These are not IQ test questions, they are popular riddles.

The first technically even has no answer (polar bears don't actually live as far as the north pole as there's nothing to eat there, meaning that Johnson's answer, 'you gave me no clue', is sort of correct), the second is more of a joke than a riddle and hinges on the multiple meanings of the word 'take' (meaning, again, that Johnson's answer was correct, though other answers were possible), and the third is anachronistic (who still uses wind up clocks!?).

Not that I'm a fan of Johnson, but it's ridiculous for The Guardian and other respectable media outlets to keep repeating a patently false headline just to take a cheap shot at a conservative politician they don't like. There's plenty of ways to be critical of Johnson; this is not one of them.”

lxg on Dec 5, 2013 at 09:55:53

“Not when a politician says other people are stupid and gets a dose of their own medicine. I love it!”

lxg on Dec 5, 2013 at 09:52:52

“Disagree. "You take" means what it says! If you take something that is what "you take" and have. if you take two apples from three that a street vendor has, you have two and the vendor has one left. How we listen and learn the language we speak is critical, even to an unenlightened politician.”
McDonald's Poutine: Chain Introduces Fries And Gravy Across Canada

McDonald's Poutine: Chain Introduces Fries And Gravy Across Canada

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 12:56:31 in Canada Living

“I've already tried this 10 years ago it's not only is it not like the poutine I enjoy, it's not even representative of poutine, even of the types I don't enjoy.

I wasn't forcing my opinion on anyone either, I was just signalling my bewilderment at people's excitement for this, and you were voicing your disdain at my bewilderment.”
McDonald's Poutine: Chain Introduces Fries And Gravy Across Canada

McDonald's Poutine: Chain Introduces Fries And Gravy Across Canada

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 12:21:30 in Canada Living

“First of all, I'm as entitled to my opinion as much as people are entitled to go eat poutine at McDonald's, so asking me how its any of my concern is kind of hypocritical of you.

Second, I'm from Quebec, poutine is kind of a national dish/comfort food over here. McDonald's is now exporting a terrible misrepresentation of poutine. Many Canadians might be misled into thinking that's what poutine tastes like, so yeah, I'm concerned.”
McDonald's Poutine: Chain Introduces Fries And Gravy Across Canada

McDonald's Poutine: Chain Introduces Fries And Gravy Across Canada

Commented Dec 4, 2013 at 11:07:16 in Canada Living

“I don't get it. How can anyone be excited about this? Unless you think their burgers and fries are awesome compared to real burgers and fries, there's no way you can expect this to be anything like real poutine. The best poutines have thick gravy, curds that melt only ever-so-slightly, and real hand-cut fries with the peel still on. The fact that McDonald's is going to use their usual powdery fried mashed potatoes is already a no-no from the get-go.”

Jay upnorth on Dec 4, 2013 at 11:52:48

“agreed! this is mock poutine!!!

ever try bbq gravy poutine?? now that's poutine at it's best!!”
Ontario University Degree Survey Shows Where Money, Jobs Are

Ontario University Degree Survey Shows Where Money, Jobs Are

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 15:54:38 in Canada Business

“Well that's the problem I'm getting at. You shouldn't have to pay thousands of dollars in tuition to get an 'education'... and also our universities are not the best at giving an education. A lot of students in their 3rd or 4th year at UofT, supposedly the top university in the country, still don't know how to string a proper argument together.”

Djimcintosh on Dec 3, 2013 at 17:45:32

“Agreed! There is so much information / background information needed for our current careers, it becomes difficult to fit it all in, in a four-year university program. I'd like to see more critical thinking skills taught in high school, or earlier.”
Ontario University Degree Survey Shows Where Money, Jobs Are

Ontario University Degree Survey Shows Where Money, Jobs Are

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 13:14:49 in Canada Business

“I think we need to start differentiating "education" from "professional training." The latter is what this article is talking about: skills teaching/training that does or does not pay off career-wise. The former is what makes us better citizens. Far too many people don't understand the nightly news and readily believe whatever nonsense political spin doctors serve up. In an ideal world, your education shouldn't get in the way of your professional training, and your professional training shouldn't get in the way of your education.”

Djimcintosh on Dec 3, 2013 at 15:49:49

“There's nothing wrong with getting information that will be useful in your chosen career along with your university education. To suggest that anyone should go to university for four years and pay up to $100,000 for an education that does not pay off in the form of a career suggests that the people you're speaking to have a lot more time and money than the people I know. University needs to be both education and professional training. When it becomes one or the other, that is when we have problems.”
Hot Sauce Options: 5 Alternatives To Sriracha

Hot Sauce Options: 5 Alternatives To Sriracha

Commented Dec 3, 2013 at 11:45:25 in Canada Living

“El Yucateco people, El Yucateco!”
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