11 décembre 2014

Hommage au pétrole ! Économie En Citations Environnement International

Alex Epstein

L’auteur Alex Epstein à propos des combustibles fossiles.

« The ‘experts’ almost always focus on the risks of a technology but never the benefits– and on top of that, those who predict the most risk get the most attention from the media and from politicians who want to ‘do something.’ But there is little to no focus on the benefits of cheap, reliable energy from fossil fuels. This is a failure to think big picture, to consider all the benefits and all the risks. And the benefits of cheap, reliable energy to power the machines that civilization runs on are enormous. They are just as fundamental to life as food, clothing, shelter, and medical care – indeed, all of these require cheap, reliable energy. By failing to consider the benefits of fossil fuel energy, the experts didn’t anticipate the spectacular benefits that energy brought about in the last thirty years. »

11 décembre 2014

Le problème avec le Québec Canada Économie Québec

On pourrait résumer tout ce qui ne va pas au Québec avec le graphique suivant:

Québec Politicien

Le Québec est, et de loin, la province qui fait le plus confiance à ses politiciens.  Une province qui fait autant confiance à ses politicos, peu importe le parti, ne pourra jamais connaître la prospérité.  Notez aussi que plus les gens sont pauvres, plus ils font confiance aux politiciens; 16% des gens gagnant moins de 50 000$ contre 6% des gens gagnant plus de 150 000$.

Ryerson University
Public Perceptions of the Ethics of Political Leadership

11 décembre 2014

Une autre erreur des réchauffistes Environnement International Revue de presse

Nature Geoscience

Thick and deformed Antarctic sea ice mapped with autonomous underwater vehicles
Nature Geoscience

Satellites have documented trends in Antarctic sea-ice extent and its variability for decades, but estimating sea-ice thickness in the Antarctic from remote sensing data remains challenging. In situ observations needed for validation of remote sensing data and sea-ice models are limited; most have been restricted to a few point measurements on selected ice floes, or to visual shipboard estimates.

Here we present three-dimensional (3D) floe-scale maps of sea-ice draft for ten floes, compiled from two springtime expeditions by an autonomous underwater vehicle to the near-coastal regions of the Weddell, Bellingshausen, and Wilkes Land sectors of Antarctica. Mean drafts range from 1.4 to 5.5 m, with maxima up to 16 m. We also find that, on average, 76% of the ice volume is deformed ice. Our surveys indicate that the floes are much thicker and more deformed than reported by most drilling and ship-based measurements of Antarctic sea ice.

We suggest that thick ice in the near-coastal and interior pack may be under-represented in existing in situ assessments of Antarctic sea ice and hence, on average, Antarctic sea ice may be thicker than previously thought.

La glace en Antarctique est donc plus épaisse que l’on pensait… Ne comptez pas sur nos médias ou nos lobbys écolos pour rapporter cette information au Québec…