30 septembre 2014

La résistance est futile… Économie Environnement International Revue de presse

Bangor Daily News


Falling price of solar panels leads utilities to lobby for taxes
Bangor Daily News

A year after Spain, the sunniest country in Europe, issued notice of a law forcing solar energy-equipped homes and offices to pay a punitive tax, architect Inaki Alonso re-installed a 250 watt solar panel on a beam over his Madrid roof terrace.

« The government wanted people to be afraid to generate their own energy, but they haven’t dared to actually pass the law, » Alonso said as he tightened screws on the panel on a sunny summer day this month. He had removed solar panels from the roof last year. « We’re tired of being afraid, » he said.

Halfway across the globe, in the « sunshine state » of Queensland, Australia, electrical engineer David Smyth says the war waged by some governments and utilities against distributed energy, the term used for power generated by solar panels, is already lost.

« The utilities are in a death spiral, » he told Reuters by telephone while driving between a pub where he helped set up 120 solar panels to cut its A$60,000 ($53,000) annual power bill and a galvanizing plant which was also adding solar panels to reduce costs.

In Australia, he said, solar panels have shifted from being a heavily subsidized indulgence for environmentally-conscious households to a pragmatic option for businesses wanting certainty about what their running costs will be next year. « Not many people are doing it because of emissions or the environment, » Smyth said. « It’s about the cost. »

Quand le solaire n’était pas abordable, les gouvernements subventionnaient pour se donner bonne conscience. Maintenant que le solaire commence à être abordable, les gouvernements veulent taxer pour décourager son utilisation, espérant ainsi protéger les monopoles en place.

On parie combien que le gouvernement du Québec fera tout en son pouvoir pour protéger le monopole d’Hydro-Québec si jamais un jour l’installation de panneaux solaires devient populaire au Québec…

29 septembre 2014

L’humain d’abord Économie Environnement International Revue de presse

The New York Times


Emissions From India Will Increase, Official Says
The New York Times

In a blow to American hopes of reaching an international deal to fight global warming, India’s new environment minister said Wednesday that his country would not offer a plan to cut its greenhouse gas emissions ahead of a climate summit next year in Paris.

The minister, Prakash Javadekar, said in an interview that his government’s first priority was to alleviate poverty and improve the nation’s economy, which he said would necessarily involve an increase in emissions through new coal-powered electricity and transportation. He placed responsibility for what scientists call a coming climate crisis on the United States, the world’s largest historic greenhouse gas polluter, and dismissed the idea that India would make cuts to carbon emissions.

India’s first task is eradication of poverty,” Mr. Javadekar said, speaking in a New York hotel suite a day after a United Nations climate summit. “Twenty percent of our population doesn’t have access to electricity, and that’s our top priority. We will grow faster, and our emissions will rise.”

In coming decades, as India works to provide access to electricity to more than 300 million people, its emissions are projected to double, surpassing those of the United States and China.

En Inde, pas question d’affaiblir l’économie du pays avec une lutte inutile contre les gaz à effet de serre. La priorité du gouvernement est de réduire la pauvreté.

Voilà qui devrait faire réfléchir le gouvernement du Québec: la réduction des gaz à effet de serre c’est un problème de riche. Or, le Québec est pauvre.

25 septembre 2014

Réchauffement naturel et sécheresse californienne Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

Los Angeles Times


West Coast warming linked to naturally occurring changes
Los Angeles Times

Naturally occurring changes in winds, not human-caused climate change, are responsible for most of the warming on land and in the sea along the West Coast of North America over the last century, a study has found.

The analysis challenges assumptions that the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been a significant driver of the increase in temperatures observed over many decades in the ocean and along the coastline from Alaska to California.

Changes in ocean circulation as a result of weaker winds were the main cause of about 1 degree Fahrenheit of warming in the northeast Pacific Ocean and nearby coastal land between 1900 and 2012, according to the analysis of ocean and air temperatures over that time. The study, conducted by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Washington, was published Monday by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

If global warming had been the most powerful influence on land and sea temperatures, those temperatures would have been different, the study’s authors said. Most of the warming in the region occurred before 1940, when greenhouse gas concentrations were lower and winds were weaker, the study found. In contrast, winds have strengthened since 1980 and coastal ocean cooled, even as the rise in greenhouse gases has accelerated.

Tous les réchauffistes qui blâment le réchauffement climatique pour la sécheresse en Californie étaient dans l’erreur !!!

Le Los Angeles Times parle des recherches qui contredisent les théories des réchauffistes, dans les médias québécois c’est le silence radio, la pensée unique règne en maître

24 septembre 2014

Science et religion Environnement International Revue de presse

The Independent


The science of saturated fat: A big fat surprise about nutrition?
The Independent

Challenging any of the conventional wisdom on dietary fat has long been a form of professional suicide for nutrition experts. But Krauss persevered and concluded in 2010, after reviewing all the scientific literature, that saturated fats could not be said to cause heart disease. In March, another group of scientists, including faculty from Cambridge and Harvard, came to the same conclusion. These were stunning results. It seemed that saturated fat, our principal dietary culprit for decades, had been unfairly convicted.

Yet the truth is there never has been solid evidence that these fats cause disease. We only believe this to be true because nutrition policy was derailed over the past half-century by personal ambition, bad science, politics, and bias.

Our fear of saturated fats began in the 1950s when Ancel Keys, a pathologist at the University of Minnesota, first proposed that they raised cholesterol caused heart disease. Our dietary guidance has followed Keys’s view for 50 years now. Despite half-a-billion pounds spent trying to prove his hypothesis, the evidence of its health benefits has never been produced. It’s worth wondering if our working hypothesis about diet and health is not working and if alternative ideas are to be considered. Nutrition science must, like any science, provide an open, civil and unbiased climate for genuine debate.

Il y a quelques années, les nutritionnistes auraient facilement pu déclarer que le débat sur les gras saturés était clos et que la science était définitive. Agir de la sorte aurait rendu impossible toute forme de recherche par des sceptiques. Mais la science de la nutrition n’a pas été contaminée par des fanatiques religieux, les sceptiques ont pu faire leur recherche et publier des résultats qui contredisaient la théorie en place. Ces sceptiques qui ont ramé à contre-courant sont aujourd’hui écoutés et on les inclut volontiers dans les débats; le débat n’a jamais été clos et la science n’a jamais été définitive par conséquent, la connaissance peut progresser.

Bref, la nutrition, contrairement à la climatologie, est encore une science…

23 septembre 2014

Go-schiste ! Économie Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

Calgary Herald


Federal study of Pennsylvania well site finds fracking didn’t ruin nearby water supplies
Calgary Herald

The final report from a landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, found no evidence that chemicals or brine water from the gas drilling process moved upward to contaminate drinking water at a site in western Pennsylvania.

The Department of Energy report, released Monday, was the first time an energy company allowed independent monitoring of a drilling site during the fracking process and for 18 months afterward. After those months of monitoring, researchers found that the chemical-laced fluids used to free gas stayed about 5,000 feet below drinking water supplies.

Scientists used tracer fluids, seismic monitoring, and other tests to look for problems, and created the most detailed public report to date about how fracking affects adjacent rock structures.

The fracking process uses millions of gallons of high-pressure water mixed with sand and chemicals to break apart rocks rich in oil and gas. That has led to a national boom in production, but also concerns about possible groundwater contamination.

Une autre preuve que l’exploitation des gaz de schiste peut se faire sans danger. Mais au Québec, on a décidé de se faire croire que le gaz de schiste c’était dangereux, parce qu’au Québec, on aime ça être pauvre…

22 septembre 2014

Délire religieux Coup de gueule Environnement International Revue de presse

The Independent


Leading climate scientists call on religious leaders to help save the environment
The Independent

Two of the world’s leading scientists have made an unprecedented call on religious leaders to spark a “massive mobilisation of public opinion”, insisting that only through God can we save the environment.

Writing in the journal Science, Cambridge University’s Partha Dasgupta and Veerabhadran Ramanathan, of the University of California, have made an impassioned plea for help in curbing the “potentially catastrophic” effects of what they call “the ongoing abuse of the planet’s natural resources”.

Arguing that human’s relationship with natural resources is “at a crossroads”, they say: “Unsustainable consumption, population pressure, poverty and environmental degradation are intricately linked, but this is appreciated neither by development economists, nor by national governments who permit GDP growth to trump environmental protection in their policies.”

“The transformational step may very well be a massive mobilisation by the Vatican and other religions for collective action to safeguard the well-being of both humanity and the environment,” they add. He said that religious leaders could collaborate with academic institutions, such as the Royal Society or the US National Academy of Sciences, to structure campaigns aimed at ending the over-exploitation of the planet’s natural resources.

Quand on dit que le mouvement réchauffiste a cessé d’être scientifique pour devenir une religion, ce n’est pas une simple figure de style…

Le réchauffement climatique est devenu le délire religieux des socialistes…

18 septembre 2014

La science et les artistes Coup de gueule États-Unis Revue de presse

San Francisco Chronicle


Wealthy Hollywood parents aren’t vaccinating their children
San Francisco Chronicle

A Hollywood Reporter article reveals that vaccination rates at Los Angeles daycares, preschools and kindergartens are dropping dramatically as the number of whooping cough cases in the county reaches alarming highs.

Taking a close look at school immunization records submitted to the state, the publication finds that ritzier schools favored by the entertainment-industry elite have the highest numbers of families opting to exempt their kids from shots. It seems those Hollywood stars who freely inject themselves with Botox are refusing to poke their children with life-saving vaccines that are vital to the overall health of a community.

Instead of turning in completed vaccine records to schools, these parents are handing over forms called personal belief exemptions (PBE). U.S. law states that children be properly immunized before attending school, but many states, such as California, allow exemptions for children whose parents have personal belief objections to vaccines. For example, some parents worry that vaccines cause autism so they opt out, even though research shows no connection.

When vaccination rates decline, disease starts to spread and that’s exactly what’s happening among the palm tree-shaded enclaves of West L.A. The United States is experiencing its worst measles outbreak in 20 years with 288 cases being reported in the first five months of the year, and more than half of the cases in California involve unvaccinated children.

Donc, des vedettes qui ont comme passe-temps de sermonner toute personne qui ose émettre le moindre petit doute sur le réchauffement climatique ne font pas vacciner leurs enfants pour des raisons idiotes et viscéralement anti-scientifiques…

Remarquer, la chose ne devrait guère surprendre. Les vedettes sont contre les vaccins, car ceux-ci sont produits par de grosses entreprises pharmaceutiques capitalistes. Nos bonnes vedettes gauchistes détestent le capitalisme (et les vaccins qui viennent avec). D’un autre côté, les vedettes aiment les théories sur le réchauffement, car celles-ci permettent de faire la promotion du dogme socialiste. Nos bonnes vedettes gauchistes aiment le socialisme.

17 septembre 2014

Capitalisme sans frontières Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal


Boeing and SpaceX Share $6.8 Billion in NASA Space Taxi Contracts
The Wall Street Journal

NASA has awarded Boeing Co. a contract worth as much as $4.2 billion and rival Space Exploration Technologies Corp. a separate pact valued at up to $2.6 billion to develop, test and fly space taxis to carry U.S. astronauts into orbit.

The American-built rockets and spacecraft would replace the Russian systems that currently provide the only access to the international space station. The space taxi is slated to transport its first astronaut to the orbiting laboratory by 2017.

Tuesday’s long-awaited announcement by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration marks a milestone for commercial space ventures, partly because both companies will own and operate the equipment while experiencing significantly less day-to-day federal oversight than previous manned space programs.

If the programs are successful, NASA officials believe some of the hardware eventually could be used to offer rides to space tourists. Other technology could be adapted in separate NASA efforts to develop a deep-space rocket and more-capable capsules intended to take astronauts to Mars in coming decades.

Il y a quelques années, on pensait que l’exploration spatiale devait obligatoirement être pilotée par le gouvernement. Aujourd’hui, c’est au secteur privé que l’on confie la mission de mettre au point les technologies de demain.

16 septembre 2014

La faillite du socialisme Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

Bloomberg BusinessWeek


Venezuelan Default Suggested by Harvard Economist
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

As Venezuela racks up billions of dollars of arrears with importers that are fueling the worst shortages on record, one of the nation’s top economists is questioning the government’s decision to keep servicing its foreign bonds.

A “massive default on the country’s import chain” is part of what has allowed the nation to keep paying its foreign bonds, Ricardo Hausmann, a former Venezuelan planning minister who is now director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, said by phone from Boston. “I find the moral choice odd. Normally governments declare that they have an inability to pay way before this point.”

While Hausmann declined to say if he’s specifically recommending a default, he said he found “no moral grounds” for the government and state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA to make $5.3 billion of bond payments due in October. With foreign reserves at an 11-year low and arrears to importers growing, Venezuelans are struggling to find everything from basic medicines to toilet paper. And prices are surging on the goods that they can buy, saddling the country with the world’s highest inflation rate.

Saluons au passage le NPD qui a toujours eu un faible pour les politiques d’Hugo Chavez

15 septembre 2014

Les inégalités, un faux problème Économie International Revue de presse

The Daily Telegraph


Inequality isn’t a problem: it’s a driver of progress
The Daily Telegraph

Try this thought experiment. Suppose each of us lived on our own desert island, like Robinson Crusoe, with identical resources and skills – so we’re all perfectly equal – and get our food in the form of fish from the teeming oceans (there is no scarcity of fish). Then suppose one of us works out a way to fish better, so inequality increases. Is everyone else somehow worse off? Clearly the answer is that everyone else is not worse off unless the better fisherman makes fish scarcer for them. The one person’s riches do not come at others’ expense.

Obviously this is a rather abstract thought experiment, but it points at something simple and important: almost all inequality in developed economies does not arise by the wealth of almost anyone else declining. (That does happen in less socially and politically developed societies, in which wealth arises from political control of resources or access to corruption.) In modern developed economies inequality arises when someone – a Gates or Zuckerberg or Cowell or Ronaldo or Rowling or just an ordinary businessman or professional – finds some way (some skill or invention or investment) that adds considerable value, and that value is not then shared equally.

Un rappel qu’il vaut mieux vivre dans une société riche, mais inégalitaire que dans une société pauvre, mais égalitaire.

11 septembre 2014

Quand les socialistes privatisent ! Économie Revue de presse Venezuela

Chicago Tribune


PDVSA seeks bids for Citgo in potential $10 billion deal
Chicago Tribune

Venezuela’s state-run oil company PDVSA is seeking preliminary offers for its U.S. unit Citgo Petroleum Corp [PDVSAC.UL] by the end of September, a deal that could fetch up to $10 billion, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Venezuela is selling Citgo in part due to a cash crunch stemming from repaying debts to Beijing with oil, rather than selling the crude to generate revenue, analysts say. The government denies a cashflow problem exists.

Within President Nicolas Maduro’s government, the potential sale is controversial and seen as a privatization that would contradict years of socialist policies, including a nationalization of the oil industry in 2006 and 2007.

PDVSA also has a 50 percent stake in the Chalmette refinery in Louisiana alongside Exxon Mobil Corp, which owns the remainder. The Venezuelan oil company has tapped Deutsche Bank separately to explore a sale of its stake in that refinery. Citgo’s assets, the core of which are three refineries with combined capacity of 749,000 barrels per day (bpd), could fetch between $8 billion and $10 billion, three of the people said.

La PDVSA est la compagnie gouvernementale au Venezuela qui est responsable de l’exploitation pétrolière. Quand un pays de cul parle de privatiser sa compagnie pétrolière pour payer ses dettes, je pense que c’est un signal indiquant que le Québec peut lui aussi songer à la privatisation d’Hydro-Québec pour faire de même.

Imaginer la honte si les socialistes vénézuéliens comprenaient, avant les Québécois, les bienfaits de la privatisation…

10 septembre 2014

Infaillibilité climatique Environnement Revue de presse

The StarPhoenix


Snail believed extinct from climate change rediscovered
The StarPhoenix

A snail once thought to have been among the first species to go extinct because of climate change has reappeared in the wild.

The Aldabra banded snail, declared extinct seven years ago, was rediscovered on Aug. 23 in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles. The mollusk, which is endemic to the Aldabra coral atoll – a UNESCO World

Heritage Site – had not been seen on the islands since 1997, said the Seychelles Islands Foundation. A research team from the Seychelles Islands Foundation found seven of the purple-and-pink striped snails on Aldabra atoll’s Malabar Island last week.

The snail faces many pressures in Aldabra atoll. The coral islands grew atop an extinct volcano in the Indian Ocean. The isolated atoll, which also is home to the largest population of giant tortoises in the world, provides opportunities to study evolution and biodiversity. Conservationists are unsure how a terrestrial snail like the Aldabra banded snail initially reached these hot, dry islands surrounded by saltwater without drying out.

The snail’s apparent demise was linked to declining rainfall on Aldabra.

Une espèce supposément disparue il y a 7 ans à cause du réchauffement climatique réapparaît comme par magie…

Mais n’oubliez pas, tout, absolument tout ce que disent les réchauffistes doit être cru sur parole. Rien, absolument rien ne doit être remis en question. Si vous agissez autrement, si vous avez des doutes, on aura le droit de vous traiter d’imbécile puisque tout le monde sait que le débat est clos.

Pendant ce temps, une espèce disparue il y a 7 ans à cause du réchauffement climatique réapparaît comme par magie.

9 septembre 2014

L’exemple écossais Économie Europe Revue de presse

The Guardian


Billions of pounds wiped from value of Scottish firms after yes vote leads independence poll
The Guardian

The value of major Scottish companies has fallen by billions of pounds after the stock market was spooked by polling giving the yes vote a lead ahead of the referendum. As Scottish minsters played down the significance of the YouGov poll that found yes had a narrow lead in the independence campaign, Edinburgh-registered Lloyds Banking Group – which owns Bank of Scotland – was the worst hit, with shares falling by £1.7bn, or 3.3% by lunchtime.

Traders, meanwhile, reacted by sharply downgrading shares in major Scottish companies. Shares in RBS, also Edinburgh-based, fell by 2.8% – or £1.1bn – while the energy giant SSE’s shares lost 2.7%, or £400m. Currency market jitters over the impact of a yes vote on 18 September also intensified in the wake of the YouGov poll, with the value of the pound falling almost two cents against the US dollar to $1.614, a 10-month low. It has lost 6% since mid-July.

As traders braced themselves for further shifts towards yes in polls due within days, the Nobel prize-winning economist Paul Krugman said Scottish voters needed to « be very afraid » about the risks of independence.

Un simple sondage donnant une légère avance au camp du « oui » a fait perdre des milliards à l’économie écossaise… Une victoire des séparatistes écossais la semaine prochaine pourrait bien être la manière la plus efficace de tuer ce qui reste du mouvement indépendantiste au Québec, car tous seraient capables de constater le chaos économique associé aux projets indépendantistes.

8 septembre 2014

Le fond du baril… Coup de gueule France Revue de presse Terrorisme



Nouveaux ennuis judiciaires pour Dieudonné

Selon RTL, la procédure fait suite à l’une des dernières vidéos publiées par Dieudonné sur son compte YouTube. D’une durée de 19 minutes, elle revient notamment sur la décapitation du journaliste américain James Foley par les djihadistes de l’Etat islamique.

Une exécution prétexte à de nombreuses plaisanteries : «Apparemment, la décapitation en mondovision sur Internet, c’est pas leur truc», sourit Dieudonné. «Moi, ce que je trouve étrange, c’est que la décapitation ça symbolise avant tout le progrès, l’accès à la civilisation. En France on a quand même décapité [le roi] en place publique, devant le peuple. C’est pour ça que je suis étonné qu’on fasse tout ce foin.» Et l’«humoriste» d’appeler les parents de la victime à se «détendre».

Notant que «les cadres de la mafia des Rothschild sont montés au créneau», Dieudonné développe une lecture complotiste de l’événement : «J’en ai parlé à mon directeur de la publication [Germain Gaiffe, meurtrier détenu à Poissy, ndla], il m’a dit : ‘De toute façon cette histoire ça pue l’arnaque encore une fois, c’est pour justifier l’intervention [occidentale contre l’Etat islamique, ndla].’» Une théorie que diffusent aussi certains sympathisants de Dieudonné, tels que Noël Gérard, alias «Joe le Corbeau» : sur son site, on peut ainsi lire que «de nombreux internautes [sic] et des experts médico-légaux considèrent que la vidéo [de la décapitation] est un montage à base d’effets spéciaux».

L’occasion est bonne pour rappeler que Dieudonné a déjà été très fréquentable au Québec

4 septembre 2014

Le socialisme, une religion Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse Venezuela

The Daily Telegraph


‘Our Chavez who art in heaven': Venezuela’s Socialist party delegate rewrites the Lord’s Prayer
The Daily Telegraph

A member of Venezuela’s Socialist Party has rolled out a variation of the « Lord’s Prayer » to implore beloved late leader Hugo Chavez for protection from the evils of capitalism.

« Our Chavez who art in heaven, the earth, the sea and we delegates, » red-shirted delegate Maria Estrella Uribe recited on Monday at the PSUV party Congress. « Hallowed be your name, may your legacy come to us so we can spread it to people here and elsewhere. Give us your light to guide us every day, » she said in front of an image of Chavez. « Lead us not into the temptation of capitalism, deliver us from the evil of the oligarchy, like the crime of contraband, because ours is the homeland, the peace and life forever and ever. Amen. Viva Chavez! » she exclaimed to applause.

Though Chavez died of cancer in March 2013, he remains omnipresent in Venezuela. His photo is plastered all over capital Caracas, state TV frequently airs excerpts of his famously lengthy speeches and supporters sometimes don earrings or pendants with an artistic black-and-white rendition of his eyes.

Pour être socialiste, il ne faut pas savoir compter, il faut simplement avoir la foi… Une dangereuse religion le socialisme…