Antagoniste


2 avril 2014

L’intégrisme vert Élection 2014 Environnement Europe Québec Revue de presse

The Guardian

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James Lovelock: environmentalism has become a religion
The Guardian

Environmentalism has « become a religion » and does not pay enough attention to facts, according to James Lovelock.

The 94 year-old scientist, famous for his Gaia hypothesis that Earth is a self-regulating, single organism, also said that he had been too certain about the rate of global warming in his past book, that « it’s just as silly to be a [climate] denier as it is to be a believer” and that fracking and nuclear power should power the UK, not renewable sources such as windfarms.

Speaking to the Guardian for an interview ahead of a landmark UN climate science report on Monday on the impacts of climate change, Lovelock said of the warnings of climate catastrophe in his 2006 book, Revenge of Gaia: « I was a little too certain in that book. You just can’t tell what’s going to happen. »

“It [the impact from climate change] could be terrible within a few years, though that’s very unlikely, or it could be hundreds of years before the climate becomes unbearable, » he said.

Talking about the environmental movement, Lovelock says: « It’s become a religion, and religions don’t worry too much about facts. » The retired scientist, who worked at the Medical Research Council, describes himself as an « old-fashioned green. »

L’intégrisme vert est la religion la plus dangereuse pour l’économie du Québec. C’est aussi la seule religion qui est n’est pas séparée de l’État et qui n’est pas ciblée par la charte du régime péquiste…


31 mars 2014

La mine basse Canada Économie Élection 2014 En Chiffres Environnement Europe Québec

Il y a presque un mois, l’Institut Fraser a publié son indice de développement minier, une enquête menée auprès de 690 dirigeants de l’industrie minière pour savoir quels étaient les endroits dans le monde les plus ouverts aux investissements. J’avais prévu parler de cette étude bien avant, mais avec le déclenchement des élections, elle était tombée sous mon radar.

Mieux vaut tard que jamais, alors voici l’indice de développement minier, pour les provinces canadiennes et les pays scandinaves (pays souvent cités en exemple…) avec des ressources minérales. Pas de bonnes nouvelles pour le Québec…

Mine Québec

Quelques constatations plutôt troublantes:

  • Il y a 4 ans à peine, le Québec était confortablement installé en 1ere position, tant au Canada qu’à l’échelle mondiale.  Aujourd’hui, nous avons été relégués au 6e rang au Canada et 21e rang mondial.
  • Le Québec fait moins bien que l’ensemble des pays scandinaves, pourtant des modèles de social-démocraties par notre gauche.  La Suède occupe le 1er rang mondial.
  • Dans la majorité des provinces canadiennes et la totalité des pays scandinaves, l’indice s’est amélioré depuis 2009/2010. Le Québec est l’endroit qui a subi la chute la plus importante de son indice (-21,8%).

Si les provinces de l’Ouest et les pays scandinaves sont riches et que le Québec est pauvre, ce n’est pas à cause du pétrole, mais plutôt parce que le socialisme et l’éco-catastrophisme n’ont pas infecté l’économie leur économie.

Pour prendre la pleine mesure de la détérioration des conditions économiques au Québec pour les entreprises pétrolières, voici l’évolution de notre position dans le classement:

Mine Québec

Une chute vertigineuse. Certaines personnes pourraient croire que l’adoption de la nouvelle loi sur les mines en décembre 2013 pourrait redonner au Québec une place enviable au classement. Personnellement, j’en doute.  La nouvelle loi, fruit de la collaboration entre le régime péquiste et François Legault, représente une réglementation supplémentaire et un boulet économique pour les entreprises minières. Au mieux, on va stopper la chute, mais il sera difficile de remonter au haut de l’échelle.

Et à tous ceux qui se questionnent sur l’utilité d’avoir une industrie minière florissante, voyez par vous-même…

Québec mine

Les gens qui travaillent dans le domaine de l’extraction minière et pétrolière gagnent 1 683$/semaine, presque le double de la moyenne de tous les secteurs, qui se chiffre à 897$/semaine.

Voilà qui devrait être pris en considération dans l’éternel (et inutile) débat sur les redevances. Car les emplois créés et les salaires versés, c’est aussi des redevances !

Sources:
Fraser Institute
Survey of Mining Companies: 2013

Statistique Canada
Tableau 281-0027


31 mars 2014

Opportunité ratée Économie Environnement États-Unis Europe Mondialisation Revue de presse

The Guardian

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European leaders ask Obama to allow increased exports of US shale gas
The Guardian

European leaders on Wednesday asked Barack Obama to share the US’s shale gas bonanza with Europe by facilitating gas exports to help counter the stranglehold Russia has on the continent’s energy needs.

With Russia’s gas monopoly, Gazprom, supplying a quarter of Europe’s gas needs, and almost all of the gas in parts of eastern Europe, the energy issue has soared to the top of Europe’s strategic agenda as a result of the Ukrainian crisis and the fear that the Kremlin will be able to blackmail Europe if a threatened trade war erupts.

Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, presidents of the European council and the European commission respectively, asked Obama to come up with measures that would favour European companies obtaining licences to export US shale gas in liquid form to Europe.

While European access to the US shale gas revolution is currently constrained by American licensing procedures, a successful conclusion of ongoing ambitious trade talks aimed at creating a transatlantic free trade area would also hasten European access to American gas.

Un rappel pour vous dire que personne n’a parlé gaz de schiste dans cette campagne électorale. Une autre opportunité d’enrichir le Québec qui a été ratée… Pendant ce temps, les Américains pourront s’enrichir en exportant leur gaz vers l’Europe…


13 mars 2014

Feu vert au gaz de schiste Économie Environnement Europe

The Guardian

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EU parliament excludes shale gas from tougher environmental code
The Guardian

EU politicians on Wednesday voted for tougher rules on exposing the environmental impact of oil and conventional gas exploration, while excluding shale gas. Member states such as Britain and Poland are pushing hard for the development of shale gas, seen as one way to lessen dependence on Russian gas, as well as to lower energy costs as it has in the United States.

Industry said the new law avoided placing too many restrictions on projects during their early phases when commercial viability is unclear.

“While not imposing unnecessary requirements on the upstream oil and gas industry, the new rules will guarantee that any development, including exploration for shale gas, will be subject to strict environmental standards,” Roland Festor, director for EU affairs at the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers, said.

Shale Gas Europe, which brings together companies such as Chevron, Total and Cuadrilla Resources, also welcomed the law. “Shale gas could potentially play an important role in meeting Europe’s acute energy challenges,” Marcus Pepperell, spokesman for Shale Gas Europe, said.

L’Europe fait tout le contraire du Québec en accueillant à bras ouverts l’industrie des gaz de schiste. Ce n’est pas un hasard si le Québec est si pauvre


12 mars 2014

N’est pas indépendant qui veut… Économie Élection 2014 Europe Québec Revue de presse

The Scotsman

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Scottish independence: Currency union ‘unlikely’
The Scotsman

Concerns over the future of an independent Scotland’s fiscal position, the size of its banking sector and its monetary regime have been highlighted in a report by a global banking group. The publication from Citi also looks at the possible currency and debt arrangements in the event of a yes vote, and considers the strength of Scotland’s credit rating.

It found that an independent Scotland’s fiscal position would be “relatively weak and risky” while a monetary union between Scotland and the rest of the UK is “unlikely”. The report has been compiled jointly by Citi’s economics, rate strategy and political analysis teams ahead of the September referendum.

Citi’s report says: “We regard a sterling monetary union as unlikely but we are genuinely unsure what currency and monetary policy would be adopted by an independent Scotland.“In our view, it is astonishing that the Scottish Government, in seeking independence, has reached this stage: seeking a currency union without agreement with the rest of the UK and without a clear alternative plan.”

It continued: “Overall, we believe an independent Scotland would have a relatively weak and risky fiscal position. This might well produce a sizeable borrowing premium.

Un référendum sur la souveraineté de l’Écosse doit se tenir en septembre… Un exercice qui devrait être pédagogique pour les Québécois…


3 mars 2014

L’antisémitisme Europe Israël Revue de presse

Haaretz

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Study: In Germany, anti-Semitic hate mail doesn’t come from far-right
Haaretz

Over months, Prof. Monika Schwarz-Friesel read 14,000 letters, emails and faxes sent to the Israeli embassy in Berlin and the Central Council of Jews in Germany. She was looking for an answer to a question that had preoccupied her for some time: What does anti-Semitism look like in Germany at the start of the 21st century? “I wanted to find out how modern anti-Semites think, feel and communicate,” said Schwarz-Friesel, a linguistics professor at the Technical University of Berlin.

What they discovered is that more than 60 percent of the letters were sent by educated Germans, including university professors. The proportion sent by right-wing extremists was negligible – about 3 percent. “At first, we thought that most of the letters would be sent by right-wing extremists,” Schwarz-Friesel said. “But I was very surprised to discover that they were actually sent by people from the social mainstream – professors, Ph.Ds, lawyers, priests, university and high-school students.”

Still another surprise was the fact that there is no significant difference between the extreme right’s anti-Semitism and that of the educated mainstream. About 80 percent of the hate mail was anti-Israel. Surveying these letters led Schwarz-Friesel to an unambiguous conclusion: “Today, it’s already impossible to distinguish between anti-Semitism and anti-Israelism. Modern anti-Semites have turned ‘the Jewish problem’ into ‘the Israeli problem.’ They have redirected the ‘final solution’ from the Jews to the State of Israel, which they see as the embodiment of evil.”

Ce qu’on devine c’est que la gauche est devenue le porte-étendard de l’antisémitisme…


27 février 2014

Poutine et le gaz de schiste Économie Environnement Europe Revue de presse

The Globe And Mail

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How fracking weakens Gazprom, the bedrock beneath Putin’s feet
The Globe And Mail

When the head of Bulgaria’s state gas company sat down with officials from Russian energy giant Gazprom a couple of months ago to negotiate a new supply contract, it should have been an unremarkable event. Not this time.

For years, there had been no real negotiations: Bulgaria imports all its gas from Gazprom and the Russians simply dictated the terms of any deal and charged the small country up to four times the going price for natural gas. But this time Bulgaria pushed back and demanded a 20-per-cent discount. To the shock of many analysts, Gazprom agreed.

The concessions to Bulgaria were just the latest example of a seismic shift in energy geopolitics that is under way as Gazprom’s dominance fades. But now Gazprom is under threat. Over the past five years, the technology known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has unlocked vast amounts of shale gas in the United States, Canada, North Africa and the Middle East. Suddenly gas is in abundance, prices are falling and the possibilities of shipping liquefied natural gas, or LNG, on tankers around the world seem endless.

Mr. Putin has tried to hit back, deriding fracking as dangerous and warning the EU that its competition probe could result in less gas flowing to the West.

Maintenant que l’on sait que Vladimir Poutine déteste le gaz de schiste, le processus de réconciliation entre le président russe et la gauche peut débuter.


18 février 2014

La haine Économie Europe Gauchistan Revue de presse Terrorisme

The Guardian

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Failed rocket attack targeted Mercedes Benz offices in Greece
The Guardian

Greek authorities are on alert after anti-terror units discovered evidence of a bungled rocket attack against the headquarters of Mercedes Benz, hours after a guerilla organisation claimed responsibility for a previous assault against the German ambassador’s residence in Athens. Fuelling further fears of a resurgence of violence in a country torn by political unrest, extremists calling themselves « group of popular fighters » declared they were at war with « the German capitalist machine ».

The group said it had attacked the Athens branch of Mercedes-Benz, firing a rocket into its central offices on the northern fringes of the capital on 12 January. Following up on the claims, last night, experts discovered ground markings that suggested a rocket had indeed been fired in the vicinity of the outlet but, missing its target, had landed in a field. One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, described it as a « blind attack » capable of causing great bloodshed had it hit homes in a residential area nearby.

In a 12,000-word proclamation, sent to Pontiki, a satirical magazine, the organisation claimed the previous attack on the ambassador’s home had been spurred by the corrosive effects of austerity.

Je lis ça et je pense aux 48% de Québécois qui jugent que « les entreprises nuisent beaucoup plus à la société qu’elles ne l’enrichissent. »

Essayez de faire comprendre à ces gens qu’une société qui a la chance de compter sur Mercedes Benz pour créer des emplois est forcément plus prospère…


12 février 2014

Énergie verte: une farce dispendieuse… Économie Environnement Europe Revue de presse

Der Spiegel

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Gone With the Wind: Weak Returns Cripple German Renewables
Der Spiegel

Investments in renewable energy were supposed to be a sure thing, with wind park operators promising annual returns of up to 20 percent. More often than not, however, such pledges have been illusory — and many investors have lost their principal to boot.

The result is sobering. On average, investors have received an annual return of just 2.5 percent. « Over the course of 10 years, that means a return of 25 percent, while according to the prospectus they were to have already seen returns of between 60 and 80 percent. »

Even if returns were to increase dramatically in the coming years — a possible result, for example, of funds paying down their debts — only wind parks in the best locations are likely to prove profitable. The picture becomes even worse once one digs into the details. A fifth of all wind parks for which more than 10 years of annual reports are available haven’t once paid their investors a dividend exceeding 2 percent of their investments.

Je vais répéter que l’Allemagne est un pays souvent cité en exemple par les enverdeurs québécois… Si l’éolien ça ne fonctionne pas là-bas, ça aucune chance de fonctionne ici.


11 février 2014

Régression écologique Économie Environnement États-Unis Europe Mondialisation Revue de presse

Financial Times

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Energy price gap with the US to hurt Europe for ‘at least 20 years’
Financial Times

High gas and electricity prices will continue to plague Europe for at least 20 years, damaging the competitiveness of industries that employ almost 30m people, the world’s leading energy forecaster has warned.

In findings likely to inflame claims EU climate change policies are damaging the bloc’s manufacturers, the International Energy Agency said Europe will lose a third of its global market share of energy-intensive exports over the next two decades because energy prices will stay stubbornly higher than those in the US.

A number of EU countries have embraced green energy subsidies, shunned nuclear power and resisted the shale exploration that has fuelled a manufacturing renaissance in the US, prompting growing anger among industry leaders who say this has been a recipe for competitive ruin.

Fatih Birol, the IEA’s chief economist, said environmental policies alone had not pushed up energy costs but the price gap between the EU and the US was going to last much longer than some expected. “This is a new thing and it’s structural. It’s not a one-off,” he told the Financial Times. “Europe didn’t realise the seriousness of this competitive issue,” he said, warning the situation raises concern for the almost 30m people working in heavy industries such as iron, steel and petrochemicals across the continent.

Les politiques verdoyantes de l’Europe auront des conséquences négatives sur l’économie pour les 20 prochaines années. Si c’est vrai pour l’Europe, c’est aussi vrai pour le Québec qui a en grande partie copié les politiques européennes…


10 février 2014

Qui a besoin des syndicats ? Économie Europe Revue de presse

The Seattle Times

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Union representation bid fails at Amazon warehouse in Delaware
The Seattle Times

A small group of equipment maintenance and repair technicians at Amazon’s Middletown, Del., warehouse rejected union representation Wednesday night by a wide margin.

If it had been approved, it would have been the first bargaining unit for Amazon in the U.S.

The workers voted 21-to-6 against having the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers represent them and seek a contract with the online retail giant. The Machinists represent tens of thousands of Boeing employees in Seattle and elsewhere.

“With today’s vote against third-party representation, our employees have made it clear that they prefer a direct connection with Amazon,” company spokeswoman Mary Osako said in a statement. “This direct connection is the most effective way to understand and respond to the wants and needs of our employees.”

Last week, some of Amazon’s German workers put together a petition to oppose the unionization efforts of their colleagues.

Parce que la liberté d’association, c’est aussi pouvoir refuser de joindre un syndicat.


5 février 2014

L’Allemagne reconnait son erreur Économie Environnement Europe Revue de presse

Financial Times

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Schäuble warns green policies are harming German economy
Financial Times

Germany’s powerful finance minister said on Tuesday that Berlin may have gone too far in its attempts to protect the environment, saying his government must now “rebalance” its policies to ensure environmental regulations do not cost jobs.

Wolfgang Schäuble took issue with claims that the “green economy” will be a major driver of employment, saying Berlin’s decision two years ago to shutter its nuclear power plants and emphasise renewables needed to be re-examined.

“We did it too good and now we have to correct because otherwise we have an increasing of energy costs which will harm jobs in Germany in a serious way in the medium term,” Mr Schäuble said at a forum in Brussels, where he was attending a regular meeting of EU finance ministers. “Therefore, we have to rebalance.”

Before the Brussels announcement, Mr Gabriel warned that Germany has “reached the limit of what we can ask of our economy” in terms of energy prices. But Mr Schäuble’s remarks appeared to go further, suggesting a rolling-back of existing regulations was in order. Last week, the European Commission unveiled a new energy strategy for 2030 that disappointed environmentalists because it lacked binding national targets on how much power EU countries would have to generate from renewable sources.

Même l’Allemagne, souvent citée en exemple par les enverdeurs, recule… Est-ce que les Québécois seront les derniers à accepter de se faire voler par les lubies vertes de politiciens ?


29 janvier 2014

Même l’Europe n’y croit plus… Économie Environnement Europe Revue de presse

The New York Times

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Europe, Facing Economic Pain, May Ease Climate Rules
The New York Times

For years, Europe has tried to set the global standard for climate-change regulation, creating tough rules on emissions, mandating more use of renewable energy sources and arguably sacrificing some economic growth in the name of saving the planet.

But now even Europe seems to be hitting its environmentalist limits.

High energy costs, declining industrial competitiveness and a recognition that the economy is unlikely to rebound strongly any time soon are leading policy makers to begin easing up in their drive for more aggressive climate regulation.

The European Union proposed an end to binding national targets for renewable energy production after 2020. Instead, it substituted an overall European goal that is likely to be much harder to enforce. It also decided against proposing laws on environmental damage and safety during the extraction of shale gas by a controversial drilling process known as fracking. It opted instead for a series of minimum principles it said it would monitor.

Friends of the Earth, an environmental group, described the proposals as “totally inadequate” and “off the radar of what climate science tells us to do in Europe to avoid climate catastrophe.”

L’Europe met la hache dans ses programmes de lutte au changement climatique et ouvre grand ses bras à l’exploitation du gaz de schiste… Il ne doit rester que les Québécois qui n’ont pas encore compris… Ce n’est pas un hasard si nous sommes si pauvre…


28 janvier 2014

Pauvreté et souveraineté Économie Europe Revue de presse

Financial Times

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Scotland’s poorer more likely to favour independence
Financial Times

Poorer voters in Scotland are much more likely to support independence than their wealthier peers, according to the first survey of voting intentions broken down by household income.

The analysis, by ScotCen Social Research for the Financial Times, found 40 per cent of people with household incomes below £14,300, and who are likely to vote in the September referendum, plan to vote “yes”, as do 36 per cent of those with household incomes of between £14,300 and £26,000.

However, the next income bracket – £26,000 to £44,200 – is least likely to deliver a “yes” vote: just 22 per cent believe the country should go it alone. And among households with income above £44,200, only 27 per cent say they will vote for independence.

The Scottish National party’s referendum campaign focuses heavily on the claim that a separate Scotland would be wealthier and less unequal, but some politicians in Scotland’s ruling party say it should embrace a more radically redistributive message to encourage poorer people to vote.

J’ai l’impression que c’est la même chose au Québec…


22 janvier 2014

Soigner dans la dignité Canada Économie En Chiffres États-Unis Europe Québec

C’est devenu pour moi une tradition, chaque année je souligne la publication de la version québécoise de l’enquête internationale sur les politiques de santé du Commonwealth Fund par le Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être du Québec en reprenant quelques faits saillants (je vous invite à porter attention aux positions du Québec, Canada et États-Unis):

Santé Québec Santé Québec

Santé Québec Santé Québec

Santé Québec Santé Québec

Être fortement imposé c’est une chose, être fortement imposé et finir systématiquement dans la cave du classement s’en est une autre…

Et pendant ce temps, nos politiciens parlent de « mourir dans la dignité »…  Il faut dire que faire mourir les gens dans la dignité, ça coûte moins cher que de soigner les gens dans la dignité…  Et n’allez surtout pas croire que les économies ainsi réalisées vous seront retournées, après tout, il faut bien financer les vacances voyages expéditions de Jean-François Lisée.

Pour voir les résultats de l’an passé: ici.

Source:
Commissaire à la santé et au bien-être
Enquêtes du Commonwealth Fund 2013