28 juillet 2015

Pas de péréquation en Colombie-Britannique Canada Économie Environnement Revue de presse

The Daily Courier

B.C. finance minister heads to Malaysia to discuss Petronas LNG deal
The Daily Courier

British Columbia’s finance minister is travelling to Malaysia to discuss a $36 billion liquefied natural gas project in the province’s northwest.

Michael de Jong will meet with officials over the next six days to discuss the ratification of a project agreement with Pacific Northwest LNG, a consortium led by Malaysia energy giant Petronas.

The province passed legislation this week that allowed it to enter into an agreement with the consortium to build an LNG export terminal near Prince Rupert. The Opposition New Democrats voted against the legislation, which protects Pacific Northwest LNG from targeted tax increases for 25 years.

The project would be the largest private investment in B.C. history, creating 4,500 construction jobs and generating $8.6 billion in taxes and revenues by 2030.

The B.C. government estimates that travel and accommodation for the minister and his chief of staff will cost about $7,900.

« Now that the province has met its obligations, we are an important step closer to the company’s final investment decision and the start of an LNG industry in B.C., » says de Jong in a statement. « We will keep moving forward to make this incredible opportunity a reality so we can build our economic portfolio, and create jobs and opportunities for British Columbians now and in the future. »

Pendant qu’en Colombie-Britannique on annonce des investissements de 36 milliards de dollars de capitaux étrangers (ce qui va créer 4 500 jobs et générer des retombées fiscales de 8,6 milliards de dollars d’ici 2030) pour la construction d’un port méthanier, au Québec on a dit non au gaz de schiste ET au port méthanier…

Et pendant que le Québec s’imagine être plus intelligent que tout le monde, nous recevons de la péréquation alors que la Colombie-Britannique en paye…

P.-S. Quand Labeaume va en Californie pour faire on ne sait trop quoi, ses dépenses de voyages s’élèvent à près de 19 000 dollars. La délégation britanno-colombienne qui se rendra en Malaisie pour officialiser le deal de 36 milliards avec Petronas va coûter 7 900 dollars.

27 juillet 2015

Une autre erreur des réchauffistes Environnement International Revue de presse

The Wall Street Journal

Sea Ice Might Be More Resilient Than Thought
The Wall Street Journal

Arctic sea ice is so sensitive to changing temperatures that a single cool summer briefly reversed the decline in the ice cap around the North Pole, says a new study released Monday.

Using new satellite data, researchers at University College London reported in Nature Geoscience on Monday that the total volume of sea ice in the Northern Hemisphere was well above average in the autumn of 2013, traditionally the end of the annual melt season, after an unusually cool summer when temperatures dropped to levels not seen since the 1990s.

“We now know it can recover by a significant amount if the melting season is cut short,” said the study’s lead author Rachel Tilling, a researcher who studies satellite observations of the Arctic. “The sea ice might be a little more resilient than we thought.”

Miss Tilling and her colleagues used new data from the European Space Agency’s Cryosat-2 radar satellite, launched in 2010. For the first time, they measured changes in the overall volume of seasonal sea ice across the Arctic and Greenland. Until now, researchers have been able to track the extent of ice, but not its thickness.

In 2013, summer temperatures were about 5% cooler than the previous year and the volume of autumn ice jumped 41%, they said.

Les glaces du pôle Nord plus résilientes qu’on le croyait… Voilà qui contraste avec ce que déclaraient des scientifiques canadiens en 2007, ceux-ci avaient annoncé que l’Arctique serait libre de glace en 2015.

On nous disait pourtant que le débat était clos et que la science était définitive…

23 juillet 2015

Le sable bitumineux… américain ! Économie Environnement États-Unis Revue de presse

National Post

Utah set to be home of first oilsands mine project in U.S. by end of 2015
National Post

Despite fierce opposition from American environmental groups, the first commercial oilsands mine in the United States is just months away from starting up after receiving final regulatory approvals from officials in Utah late last week.

“We’ll be in production later in the fall with commercial production before the end of the year,” U.S. Oil Sands Inc. chief executive Cameron Todd said in a phone interview Tuesday. Calgary-based U.S. Oil Sands is working through the summer to complete a 2,000-barrel-per-day oilsands mine in eastern Utah, which would make it the first commercial oilsands mine in the United States when it begins producing later this year.

Todd noted that oilsands deposits have been used in the U.S. in the past, including in the construction of the first roads in Utah, but have never been mined on a commercial scale. The Uinta basin in the northeastern and central southeastern of the state has more than 50 identified oil sands deposits, with an estimated total of 20 to 32 billion barrels of oil in place.

The company is using a solvent derived from citrus in oranges to extract the oil from the oilsands ore, which Todd said, helps eliminate the need for large tailings ponds like those in northern Alberta. If it’s successful, the company may seek to monetize its technology through licensing agreements with oilsands mine operators around Fort McMurray, he said.

At a cost of $60 million, the capital cost of the mine in Utah will be roughly $30,000 per barrel of new capacity and will likely operate at a cost under $30 per barrel. Once U.S. Oil Sands proves that the company’s extraction method can work, Todd said the company could increase the size of the mine by 10,000 bpd and potentially build other oilsands mines on bitumen deposits in the States and around the world.

Une compagnie de Calgary qui va contribuer à la création d’une industrie exploitant les sables bitumineux aux États-Unis en utilisant une technologie qui réduit la pollution et qui permet de produire à 30$ le baril !

Temps dur pour les alter-mondialistes, les technophobes et les enverdeurs !

21 juillet 2015

La dette et les actifs Économie Europe Revue de presse

The Guardian

Welcome to Don Quixote airport: cost €1bn – now it could sell to China for €10,000
The Guardian

It cost €1bn (£694m) to build and was on sale for a knockdown price of €40m, but now looks set to be sold for just €10,000. Ciudad Real airport, one of the most notorious emblems of Spain’s economic crash, has found a buyer.

A Chinese-led consortium has emerged as the only bidder for the deserted site 100 miles south of Madrid, for an apparent bargain price after no one met the much reduced valuation. Its facilities include a runway long enough to land an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger plane, along with a passenger terminal that could handle 10m travellers per year. It is also in pristine condition because it has barely been used, having opened to international flights in 2010 as the eurozone crisis raged, only to shut two years later.

Appropriately for such a vainglorious project, the La Mancha airport was previously named after the region’s most famous, and deluded, literary export: Don Quixote.

The town and the surrounding region need the investment. Unemployment in the Castilla La-Mancha region stands at 28.5% and at 22% in Ciudad Real. The town of 75,000 people was founded in the 14th century and is of little economic importance. It is about two hours’ drive from Madrid, although a high-speed rail connection has reduced the journey time to 50 minutes, putting it within range of a commute to the capital. However, the high-speed line does not have a station connecting to the airport, an oversight symbolised on the site by an incomplete walkway for rail passengers.

J’ai trouvé cette nouvelle amusante puisqu’au Québec on aime bien dire que la dette n’est pas un problème puisque nous avons des « actifs »…

L’exemple de l’aéroport de Ciudad Real, construit pour 1 milliard d’euros et vendu 10 000 euros, nous rappelle qu’on peut uniquement connaître la valeur d’un actif lorsqu’on essaye de le vendre… Les surprises peuvent parfois être mauvaises…

20 juillet 2015

Les ingrats Canada Coup de gueule Économie Environnement Québec Revue de presse


Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall “categorically” rejects Energy East comments

Premier Brad Wall came out swinging on Wednesday at suggestions eastern provinces could block the Energy East pipeline if they don’t like western environmental policies. Speaking with reporters before flying to the premiers’ meeting in Newfoundland and Labrador, with evident frustration about the pipeline issue, Wall said “I categorically reject” the idea as a “principle of confederation.”

His comments stem from discussions between Alberta premier Rachel Notley and her Quebec counterpart Philippe Couillard on Tuesday. According to The Canadian Press, they talked about Couillard’s view that climate change policies need to improve for Quebec to get behind Energy East. That did not sit well with Wall.

As he likes to at every available opportunity, the premier reiterated that Energy East is three-quarters a conversion — not a new pipeline — and will benefit the whole country, freeing up Canada’s reliance on “foreign oil.”

Wall said there is a “growing sense of frustration” in the West, “because our economies … have been creating significant opportunities for all Canadians.”

“We’ve been contributing mightily to equalization, and I just don’t think this kind of talk is welcome, frankly,” he said.

“In terms of a licence … to build a pipeline, or in this case to simply convert a pipeline to move western Canadian energy across the country, how about $10 billion in equalization? That’s a pretty good licence. How about the massive jobs we’ve created here for all Canadians? That’s also a pretty good licence.”

In a parting shot, Wall said, “Maybe we need to have equalization payments start paying through a pipeline to finally get one approved through Central Canada.”

Si tu veux avoir le droit de dire non à un pipeline, assure-toi de ne pas recevoir de la péréquation à la province qui le demande…

Parce que tant et aussi longtemps que tu reçois de la péréquation, la seule chose que tu as le droit de dire c’est « oui monsieur » et « merci monsieur »…

16 juillet 2015

La réputation du Canada Canada Économie Environnement International Revue de presse


The World’s Most Reputable Countries, 2015

Which countries have the best reputations? What does that even mean? Reputation Institute, a global private consulting firm based in Boston and Copenhagen, has just released its sixth annual “Country RepTrak” of what it calls “The World’s Most Reputable Countries,” a tool the firm uses to help it advise countries on how to bolster their reputations around the globe. It also counsels companies that want to know how their country of origin influences their reputation overseas, and companies interested in doing businesses abroad.

The list ranks the 55 countries with the highest GDPs. In the No. 1 slot this year: Canada, which has been the winner four out of six times. The other two years, in 2014 and 2010, it was No. 2. This year Norway moved up to second place from sixth in 2014 and Sweden is third, as it was last year. The Scandinavian countries and Finland have ranked in the top 10 all six years, as have Switzerland, Australia and the Netherlands. The U.S. is down in 22nd place, behind Thailand and just above Poland (more on the U.S. below).

To compile its data, RI ran online surveys of 48,000 consumers in G8 countries from February through April of this year. To flesh out the data, it interviewed 30,000 additional people in the 12 non-G8 countries with the biggest economies, including China, India and Brazil.

Sable bitumineux, retraits de conventions internationales de l’ONU, rejet du protocole de Kyoto, support inconditionnel à Israël, restructuration de l’aide étrangère, guerre contre les syndicats… À lire nos bons chroniqueurs québécois, le Canada de Stephen Harper serait devenu la lie de l’humanité, un pays infréquentable, universellement détesté et une source inépuisable de honte pour ses citoyens…

Bref, encore une fois, nos bons chroniqueurs gauchistes se sont couverts de ridicule…

15 juillet 2015

Quelqu’un doit payer Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

Chicago Tribune

Chipotle ties San Francisco price hike to minimum wage increase
Chicago Tribune

It San Francisco is any indication, Chipotle fans in Chicago might want to keep an eye on the price they’re paying for their burrito bowls, as the city’s minimum wage continues to climb in coming years.

In its weekly survey of 10 Chipotle markets, Chicago-based William Blair found that Chipotle raised prices in half of the markets that the investment firm surveyed — San Francisco, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Orlando. In most markets, the price increases occurred due to the rising cost of beef.

The city by the bay, however, saw across-the-board price increases averaging 10.5 percent, and William Blair theorizes « the outsized San Francisco price hike was likely because of the increased minimum wages. » In contrast, prices in Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Orlando each rose about half a percentage point, nearly entirely due to higher beef prices.

San Francisco’s minimum wage was $10.74 an hour in 2014, rose to $11.05 at the start of the year, and increased again to $12.25 in May. Chipotle spokesman Chris Arnold says the chain’s pricing varies around the country due to the cost of doing business but that the price increases in San Francisco were « done in part to offset higher labor costs. »

« California, and San Francisco in particular, has a high cost of doing business, » he said. « In San Francisco, for example, our occupancy costs are about double the Chipotle average as a percentage of sales, and our menu prices there are right around the average for Chipotle restaurants around the country, so increases to wages can have a greater impact than they might elsewhere. » San Francisco’s minimum wage is due to rise gradually to $15 in 2018.

Un bon rappel que quand on augmente le salaire minimum, quelqu’un doit payer et ce quelqu’un, c’est toujours le consommateur puisque le salaire fait partie du coût de production…

14 juillet 2015

Le progrès et la gauche Économie Environnement Europe Revue de presse

The Economist

Something fishy
The Economist

Those who fret about overfishing and those who fret about genetically modified (GM) food are often one and the same. Such people will soon be impaled on the horns of a dilemma if Johnathan Napier of Rothamsted Research, an agricultural establishment in southern England, has his way. As he and his colleagues describe this week in Metabolic Engineering Communications, they are working on technology that could reduce demand for wild-caught fish considerably. It will do so, though, by feeding farmed fish with GM chow.

Apart from the fact that they taste good, oily fish are also desirable because they are healthy fare. There are many things you can remove from your diet in order to improve cardiovascular fitness, but few that you can add. However DHA and EPA—two molecules often referred to as fish oils—buck this trend. They are known to lower blood pressure, to reduce the risk of heart arrhythmia and to slow the growth of fatty plaques that block arteries.

Dr Napier’s idea was to take an oil-generating plant (he chose Camelina sativa, a cousin of rape), add a few pertinent genes from creatures that make DHA and EPA naturally, and see what happened. It sounds easy. In fact, it proved quite hard. But after several false starts he and his team came up with the magic formula: a fatty-acid-elongase gene from a waterborne moss called Physcomitrella patens, a fatty-acid-desaturase gene from Emiliana huxleyi, a planktonic alga, and so on, all put together as a single DNA package and delivered by a messenger called Rhizobium radiobacter, a bacterium that is able to inject bits of its DNA into plant cells.

La gauche aime bien nous annoncer la fin du monde à la moindre peccadille… Elle l’a fait d’ailleurs avec la pêche commerciale. Cette bonne gauche est tout simplement incapable de concevoir que les progrès technologiques et scientifiques seront toujours là pour trouver une solution à nos problèmes.

Mais j’y pense, c’est peut-être pour ça que la bonne gauche est aussi technophobe, notamment avec les OGMs. Parce que grâce aux progrès on peut continuer de rester une société capitaliste au grand dam de la gauche qui rêve d’imposer un régime socialiste en utilisant de fausses considérations environnementales.

13 juillet 2015

Obamacare: les conséquences Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The New York Times

Health Insurance Companies Seek Big Rate Increases for 2016
The New York Times

Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 percent to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans — market leaders in many states — are seeking rate increases that average 23 percent in Illinois, 25 percent in North Carolina, 31 percent in Oklahoma, 36 percent in Tennessee and 54 percent in Minnesota, according to documents posted online by the federal government and state insurance commissioners and interviews with insurance executives.

The Oregon insurance commissioner, Laura N. Cali, has just approved 2016 rate increases for companies that cover more than 220,000 people. Moda Health Plan, which has the largest enrollment in the state, received a 25 percent increase, and the second-largest plan, LifeWise, received a 33 percent increase.

Jesse Ellis O’Brien, a health advocate at the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group, said: “Rate increases will be bigger in 2016 than they have been for years and years and will have a profound effect on consumers here. Some may start wondering if insurance is affordable or if it’s worth the money.”

The rate requests, from some of the more popular health plans, suggest that insurance markets are still adjusting to shock waves set off by the Affordable Care Act.

Exactement ce qu’avaient prévu les gens qui ont dénoncé la ridicule réforme de la santé du président Obama…

9 juillet 2015

Les enverdeurs et la technologie Économie Environnement Revue de presse

National Geographic

Self-Driving ‘Robocabs’ Could Help Curb Global Warming
National Geographic

Self-driving cars could do more than allow passengers to nap, read e-mails, or watch movies on the road. When used as taxis, scientists say, the type of robotic vehicles that Google and Uber are building could also cut greenhouse gas emissions—a lot.

An autonomous or self-driving electric cab in 2030 could emit up to 94 percent fewer emissions per mile than a conventional gasoline car of today, and it could be far cheaper than taxis with drivers, says a study Monday by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Almost half the savings occur, because the taxi is “right-sized” for each trip.

« Most trips in the U.S. are taken singly, meaning one- or two-seat cars would satisfy most trips, » author Jeffery Greenblatt says in announcing the findings. Small taxis use less energy and emit fewer greenhouse gases than larger ones that carry multiple passengers or those with luggage.

Google’s adorable self-driving car, which looks like the police cruisers in Disney’s Cars movies, hit the road in California this summer. It has no steering wheel or pedals but, to meet California law, it will have a human aboard—just in case.

Not to be outdone, ride-sharing giant Uber has partnered with Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University to develop its own autonomous cars. Its prototype appeared on the streets of Pittsburgh in May.

Les voitures sans conducteur développées par Google et Uber pourraient réduire drastiquement les émissions de gaz à effet de serre…

C’est paradoxal puisqu’au Québec, aussi bien les enverdeurs du PLQ que du PQ sont contre Uber (imaginez leur réaction quand Uber va concurrencer le taxi avec des voitures sans conducteur)…

Ce qui m’amène à me poser la question: les enverdeurs sont-ils des écologistes ou des corporatistes qui utilisent l’écologie pour protéger des groupes d’intérêt ?

P.-S. Pendant qu’un peu partout aux États-Unis on expérimente les voiture sans conducteur, au Québec on retourne au cheval pour se rappeler du bon vieux temps (celui où on mourrait de la dysenterie à 5 ans)… On vit vraiment dans une province de mongols

8 juillet 2015

Qui veut faire l’ange fait la bête… Économie Gauchistan Revue de presse

American Journal of Public Health

The Unintended Consequences of Changes in Beverage Options and the Removal of Bottled Water on a University Campus
American Journal of Public Health

Objectives. We investigated how the removal of bottled water along with a minimum healthy beverage requirement affected the purchasing behavior, healthiness of beverage choices, and consumption of calories and added sugars of university campus consumers.

Methods. With shipment data as a proxy, we estimated bottled beverage consumption over 3 consecutive semesters: baseline (spring 2012), when a 30% healthy beverage ratio was enacted (fall 2012), and when bottled water was removed (spring 2013) at the University of Vermont. We assessed changes in number and type of beverages and per capita calories, total sugars, and added sugars shipped.

Results. Per capita shipments of bottles, calories, sugars, and added sugars increased significantly when bottled water was removed. Shipments of healthy beverages declined significantly, whereas shipments of less healthy beverages increased significantly. As bottled water sales dropped to zero, sales of sugar-free beverages and sugar-sweetened beverages increased.

Conclusions. The bottled water ban did not reduce the number of bottles entering the waste stream from the university campus, the ultimate goal of the ban. With the removal of bottled water, consumers increased their consumption of less healthy bottled beverages.

Avis aux gauchistes qui pensent pouvoir contrôler la vie des gens…

À l’Université du Vermont, quand on a voulu faire plaisir aux enverdeurs en interdisant la vente de bouteille d’eau sur le campus, les gens ont simplement consommé des boissons sucrées en plus grand nombre… Bref, les gens ont produit autant de déchets, mais leurs choix étaient moins santé…

7 juillet 2015

Apocalypse now Économie Europe Gauchistan Revue de presse

The New York Times

Pressed by Debt Crisis, Doctors Leave Greece in Droves
The New York Times

Greece is in the midst of the worst brain drain in modern history, experts say.

“This is unprecedented in terms of the numbers of educated people that are leaving,” said Lois Labrianidis, a professor of economic geography at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki.

The country is hemorrhaging talent, as professionals in medicine, engineering and academics flee for a better economic climate and more stable employment. The pain has been particularly severe in the health care sector of Greece: Many of the country’s doctors have left or are making plans to do so.

“I don’t feel safe and secure for the future of my family here,” said Spyridon Kotsaris, an Athens orthopedic surgeon who has been planning for months to leave Greece with his wife and two daughters, preferably to Germany or Switzerland. “We want a better life,” he said. “A better life means we are all together and feel more secure.”

In all, nearly 300,000 people have left Greece since 2010, nearly 3 percent of the country’s population before the crisis, according to government statistics. That includes as many as 5,000 doctors, with about 3,500 of them ending up in Germany, where Europe’s financial crisis has had less impact.

Ils m’ont fait rire les péquistes, sur les réseaux sociaux, qui ont été tout émoustillés par le « non » des Grecs lors de leur référendum.

Aucun de ces péquistes ne semblait réaliser que la journée où les créanciers de la Grèce vont refuser de lui prêter de l’argent, ce pays ne sera pas loin de retourner à l’âge de pierre…

Les Grecs ont beau trouver que le prix du canot de sauvetage est trop élevé, ça reste quand même mieux que de ne pas avoir de canot du tout quand le bateau est en train de couler !

6 juillet 2015

Tout est taxable ! Coup de gueule Économie États-Unis Gauchistan Revue de presse


Get ready to pay more for Netflix: Chicago sneaks ‘cloud tax’ onto books
Chicago Sun-Times

Chicagoans will soon be hit with a “cloud tax” for digital entertainment services — that’s 9 percent added onto streaming services such as Netflix and Spotify.

Netflix’s streaming plans range from $7.99 to $11.99, while Spotify’s premium service costs $9.99 a month. The city would collect 9 percent from those plans monthly. In total, the city expects it will collect $12 million a year from the tax.

The city enacted the change in the amusement tax on Wednesday but won’t begin collecting until Sept. 1 in order to allow the affected businesses time to make changes.

The city’s amusement tax isn’t anything new. Chicagoans pay the tax for everything from going to the movies, seeing a play or concert or attending a basketball game. A citywide audit, in which “online services” is listed, prompted the change to add digital entertainment to the list of city amusements. “In an environment in which technologies and emerging industries evolve quickly, the city periodically issues rulings that clarify the application of existing laws to these technologies and industries,” mayoral spokeswoman Elizabeth Langsdorf said in a statement.

Pour nos politiciens tout est taxable, même le « cloud »…

Je vois déjà nos politiciens québécois saliver à l’idée d’imposer une telle taxe en nous disant que c’est pour nous protéger de la méchante culture non québécoise…

25 juin 2015

On ne copie pas Silicon Valley ! Économie États-Unis Revue de presse

The New York Times

Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought
The New York Times

European countries have tried to replicate the critical mass of a Silicon Valley with technology centers like Oxford Science Park in Britain, “Silicon Allee” in Berlin and Isar Valley in Munich, and “Silicon Docks” in Dublin.

They all want a Silicon Valley,” Jacob Kirkegaard, a Danish economist and senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, told me this week. “But none of them can match the scale and focus on the new and truly innovative technologies you have in the United States. Europe and the rest of the world are playing catch-up, to the great frustration of policy makers there.”

There are institutional and structural barriers to innovation in Europe, like smaller pools of venture capital and rigid employment laws that restrict growth. But both Mr. Kirkegaard and Professor Moser, while noting that there are always individual exceptions to sweeping generalities about Europeans and Americans, said that the major barriers were cultural.

Often overlooked in the success of American start-ups is the even greater number of failures. “Fail fast, fail often” is a Silicon Valley mantra, and the freedom to innovate is inextricably linked to the freedom to fail. In Europe, failure carries a much greater stigma than it does in the United States. Bankruptcy codes are far more punitive, in contrast to the United States, where bankruptcy is simply a rite of passage for many successful entrepreneurs.

Europeans are also much less receptive to the kind of truly disruptive innovation represented by a Google or a Facebook, Mr. Kirkegaard said. He cited the example of Uber, the ride-hailing service that despite its German-sounding name is a thoroughly American upstart. Uber has been greeted in Europe like the arrival of a virus, and its reception says a lot about the power of incumbent taxi operators.

Message à tous les politiciens (il y a en a au Québec) qui pensent pouvoir recréer Silicon Valley à grand coup de subventions et de crédit d’impôt, ça ne fonctionne pas !

Silicon Valley ne pourra jamais être recréée par des politiciens puisque la pierre angulaire sur laquelle Silicon Valley s’est construite, ce n’est pas quelque chose que l’on peut reproduire par des politiques fiscales. Silicon Valley c’est d’abord et avant tout une culture qui a pu s’épanouir dans un environnement à l’abri des politiciens…

24 juin 2015

La petitesse des nationaleux Coup de gueule Économie Europe Gauchistan Revue de presse

Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Barcelona’s Mayor to Tourists: Go Away
Bloomberg BusinessWeek

Barcelona boasts dazzling architecture, fabulous food, abundant sunshine, and a stylish, laid-back vibe. No wonder a record 7.6 million people are expected to visit Barcelona this year. It’s now the third most visited city in Europe, behind London and Paris, and ranks No. 12 worldwide, according to the MasterCard Global Destination Cities Index released on June 3.

Barcelona Mayor-elect Ada Colau Ballano doesn’t think this is good news. Colau, who leads a coalition of environmentalists and social activists that won municipal elections in May, says the tourism surge is making the city uninhabitable for its 1.7 million residents.

Local authorities have tried to control the swarms. They require time-restricted entry tickets for such top attractions as Gaudi’s Parc Güell and the Sagrada Familia cathedral and forbid tour groups from entering La Boqueria during peak shopping times. But Colau wants to go even further. She told the newspaper El Pais on June 1 that she will place a moratorium on approving new hotel rooms and short-term rentals and will develop a plan to ensure that Barcelona doesn’t « end up like Venice. »

Barcelona’s situation isn’t yet that extreme. For one thing, it’s much bigger than Venice. Public-opinion surveys show that residents are overwhelmingly pro-tourism, except for those living in a few heavily trafficked neighborhoods, says Greg Richards, a professor at the NHTV Breda University in the Netherlands who has studied Barcelona tourism. « There is no sign of a tipping point » at which the costs of tourism could outweigh its benefits, he says. Visitors spend $13.9 billion annually in Barcelona, and the tourist industry supports an estimated 100,000 jobs.

Barcelone c’est le coin de l’Espagne rempli de nationaleux et de séparatistes. De plus, la nouvelle mairesse de Barcelone est une radicale de gauche…

Bref, Barcelone c’est pas mal comme le Québec (le soleil et l’architecture en moins…).

Au Québec ou en Catalogne, le nationalisme crée de petits territoires, peuplés par de petites nations qui brassent de petites économies. Le nationalisme, c’est le credo des gens nés pour un p’tit pain et l’évangile des gens fermés sur le monde…