Tuesday, February 14, 2012

[Really?]: Keystone’s Thousands of Jobs Fall to 20 When Pipeline Opens - Bloomberg

The number of people needed to operate and maintain the 1,661-mile (2,673-kilometer) pipeline may be as few as 20,
according to the U.S. State Department, or as many as a few hundred, according to TransCanada.

“I don’t see a big jobs impact,” Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis at George Mason University
in Arlington, Virginia, said in an interview. “It gets the oil into refineries that already exist. It’s like replacing a bridge
on the highway.”

A sharp carbon tax jobs pang | Robert Gottliebsen | Commentary | Business Spectator

Note the sharp fall-off in environmental concern. Julia Gillard is introducing a carbon tax that on its own might not cost jobs but combined with everything else will not be a happy experience. Maybe I mix in the wrong circles but it seems global warming jokes are now becoming acceptable as economic and political concerns replace concern about the environment.

Europe freezes: Death toll rises to 550; 140,000 people trapped by snow

They are desperate in Montenegro, where the heaviest snow in 63 years has sealed off hundreds of villages, literally trapping thousands of residents in their homes. The snow and cold there has shut down railroads and roads and even closed the main airport. Montenegro's capital of Podgorica was brought to a standstill by snow 20 inches (50cm) deep, a 50-year record, closing the city's airport and halting rail services to Serbia because of an avalanche. Officials said this is the most amount of snow they've seen here since 1949.

...Meteorologists in Belgium said the country had recorded its longest cold snap in 70 years, with temperatures in Brussels' suburbs remaining below zero for 13 consecutive days.

Georgia sets up shelters after homeless freeze to death

Temperatures fell to minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) in Tbilisi on Sunday -- the lowest recorded in the capital for 40 years, according to local media.

1 comment:

Eric Simpson said...

One thing we can do here at TNelson is repeat great comments we find from the linked articles, like this one by Gordon Thornley from "A sharp carbon tax jobs pang":

Global warming is not a joke. The EU, US, Australia, etc, have spent about a trillion dollars on it. Europe has sent its energy intensive industries to China. Now its electricity system is on the point of collapse. Europe is de-industrialising while going broke. The US is doing its best to not drill for its own oil and to not buy oil from Canada, but instead to hand wealth and power to the unstable Middle East and Venezuela.

Meanwhile, there has been no warming for 13 years, and now the sun's activity has gone back to what it was at the start of the Little Ice Age, and temperatures are falling.

No, Global Warming is not a joking matter. It's poverty and collapse, benefitting no one but the political elites.