November 06, 2015

Trudeau's Natural Resources Minister's only qualification is his interest in "green technologies"

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

Meet the federal Liberal government’s new natural resources minister: The Honourable James Gordon Carr.

If you haven't heard of him before, don't feel bad. Neither had the Calgary-based Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors (CAODC). They had to google him, too.

So, who is he? Carr is the new Liberal MP for the Winnipeg riding of South Centre - and he's green, really green.

Carr has been endorsed by the environmentalist think tank GreenPac, and he has referred to Canada as a "colossal fossil" regarding the federal government’s approach to climate change. Championing a national energy strategy, he once praised the efforts of disgraced former Alberta premier Alison Redford.

That's troubling, because Carr is the minister responsible for pipelines, mining, exploration, minerals and extraction.

At first glance, his appointment is hardly confidence-inspiring for those with ties to the mining world and to the oil and gas industry.

 

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commented 2015-11-09 16:48:10 -0500
I’m sure he’s qualified enough to continue pouring money down the “alternative” energy sinkhole. If it requires government funding, how viable can it be?
commented 2015-11-09 09:36:17 -0500
I have never knocked people who never got a university education. I have met many university educated people who are idiots and many people who never even achieved high school who were brilliant. Brains do not necessarily come with degrees. However, formal education has advantages over doing it yourself as it has a script to follow developed over centuries of higher education. You avoid the pitfalls that the amateur often hits. Additionally, I take exception to the statement that economics (lack of money) is why many do not get university educated. My parents had little money but I took out student loans and worked hard in the remote woods of northern Canada to pay for my degree in Geoscience. I know many like myself that paid their own way. I think that people who claim they couldn’t get university education because of finances must have really not wanted it in the first place…where there is a will there is a way. Cripes! I sound like JT when he says the budget (money) will look after itself!
commented 2015-11-09 00:41:18 -0500
You can have a degree, as well as integrity and character.

Degrees are like tickets. If you do not have one, then you can not enter the door to some employment positions.
commented 2015-11-09 00:22:28 -0500
Regarding education, as good as it is to have a university education most people are not able to get a degree because of economics, not because of smarts.
I think that those who did not get a degree and still lived a good life can be more proud than those who got a degree.
I remember Eugene Whelan, the agriculture minister under Pierre Trudeau, expressing his great pride at being a minister in the federal government even though he had to drop out of high school to work on the farm.
He knew that what counted was character and integrity.
commented 2015-11-08 17:56:52 -0500
Thursday November 5, 2015
Dear Diary:
Oh crap. Now I find out that my newly appointed Minister of Science, Kirsti Duncan, falsely described herself on Facebook as a “Nobel Peace Prize Laureate”. This could be awkward for me. I wonder if Gerald knew about this when he told me to appoint her. How the hell to I smother this? I know, I’m spending the day with Mansbridge, he’ll take care of it, after all, for another $150,000,000 on top of the one billion, he owes me big time. Nothing solves a problem better than throwing money after it.
commented 2015-11-08 09:33:06 -0500
Jay all best educated is now days is that they have been indoctrinated by some egg headed Marxist school.
commented 2015-11-08 06:24:06 -0500
Allan Willy, indeed… Stay tuned for more obvious insanity as the “we know what’s best for you” socialists try to redistribute global wealth after the upcoming Paris summit.,, Meanwhile, in the last few days, the sun has had another Coronal Mass Ejection, “CME”, and the north an south hemispheres are aglow with magnificent Corona Borealis displays once again demonstrating that solar activity/radiation drives the word’s climate over the long and short term, AS IT HAS SINCE LIFE BEGAN ON EARTH!… Whoopee Obama, and Whoopee Gore, and now, Whoopee Trudeau, notwithstanding…
commented 2015-11-08 01:35:10 -0500
Peter—We all know that Obama will sign anything to promote his legacy .. Whatever makes him look good and brings America down is his Legacy. He is gone. If Justin is a true Leader for Canada—— he had better grow some balls and not bother being nice to Obama. Does Justin even realize that he is my Prime Minister ?
commented 2015-11-08 01:35:10 -0500
Peter—We all know that Obama will sign anything to promote his legacy .. Whatever makes him look good and brings America down is his Legacy. He is gone. If Justin is a true Leader for Canada—— he had better grow some balls and not bother being nice to Obama. Does Justin even realize that he is my Prime Minister ?
commented 2015-11-08 00:31:43 -0500
Sheila Gunn Reid is right to point out that James Gordon Carr is a “green” minister.
Like so many of Trudeau’s cabinet Carr has a lot of learning to do.
It feels good, though, to have the most representative and best educated cabinet in this country in a long time.
commented 2015-11-07 22:17:37 -0500
Rae said, “We will wait and see how Justin does on his overseas escapades.”

We all know that Justin will be eagerly looking for the agreement papers to sign away Canada’s sovereignty to the UN.
commented 2015-11-07 21:20:28 -0500
It is getting close to the Time for Canadians to go ’John Galt ’ on all these Socialists.

We will wait and see how Justin does on his overseas escapades.
commented 2015-11-07 20:23:46 -0500
Hey Michael, Justin wasn’t disappointed by Obama nixing Keystone XL. He never wanted it built. That was just election pandering to the west. He’s against anything that destroys the planet and polar bears, dont’cha know? He’s relieved that Obama just saved him from having to publicly reverse his position, something they no doubt discussed on their first phone call. And did’ja notice, Obama couldn’t even be honest about himself being the one to deep-six Keystone XL, fobbing it off on Kerry instead? Just one more lie to add to all the others that will constitute his legacy.
commented 2015-11-07 20:15:29 -0500
Oh, Canada, you poor sod. Just when you were on the verge of greatness, you’re taken down by deluded fools.
commented 2015-11-07 16:18:37 -0500
And it starts. The media touts all the new cabinet ministers as extremely qualified, and yet we find out that this individual is far less than that. Our foreign affairs minister is a failed former party leader with a such a enviro activist slant that he named his dog Kyoto. The new PM was only disappointed in the U.S. decision on Keystone XL. This should be interesting.
commented 2015-11-07 15:03:43 -0500
Here is the biography for Maryann Mihychuk, new Minister of Employment, Workforce and Labour for JT. Does she look a little more qualified than James Carr for his job as Minister of Natural Resources?

As a geoscientist and former member of the Manitoba Legislature, MaryAnn Mihychuk will bring a significant amount of both legislative and industry-related experience to the riding of Kildonan—St.Paul. Elected as a member of Manitoba’s NDP government in 1995, MaryAnn served as Minister of Industry, Trade, and Mines and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs during her nine years as an MLA. She has since become a proud member of the Liberal Party of Canada. MaryAnn has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Winnipeg and a Master’s in Geology from Brock University, and has worked in several capacities within Canada’s mineral industry. She was the founder of both Women in Mining Canada and Women in Mining Manitoba, an organization of which she is currently President. Recognized for her vision and leadership by the Manitoba Association of Engineers and Geoscientists, MaryAnn led the renewal of The Mines Act, which the industry rated as the best policy framework in the world. In 2010, MaryAnn was one of two Jack Gallagher Visiting geoscientists at the University of Manitoba, and she is the first ever recipient of the 2012 Women in Mining International Trailblazer Award. Ever-active in her community, MaryAnn is a former trustee of the Winnipeg School Division, secretary of the Snow Lake Chamber of Commerce, and both a founder and member of West End Citizens on Patrol and the Orioles Literacy Program.

A geoscientist colleague of mine mentioned that most geologists he knows do not believe that man-made carbon dioxide raises global temperatures in any significant manner. I am not saying that Ms. Mihychuk, a geoscientist, follows that which appears to be almost universal in the geoscientist community, but perhaps it is Mr. Carr’s “scientific” Greenie beliefs which netted him the position over Ms. Mihychuk who obviously appears to be the best candidate for the job…it surely isn’t because she is a woman.

Below are interesting comments by my geoscientist colleague taken without his permission so he shall remain unnamed. Forgive me this long post.
“PM AND PREMIERS GOING ON VACATION IN PARIS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT CARBON DIOXIDE. HERE ARE SOME FACTS:
Carbon dioxide, considered the main vector for human-caused global warming, is some 0.038% of the atmosphere1- a trace gas. Water vapor varies from 0% to 4%2, and should easily average 1% or more3 near the Earth’s surface, where the greenhouse effect would be most important, and is about three times more effective4 a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. So water vapor is at least 25 times more prevalent and three times more effective; that makes it at least 75 times more important to the greenhouse effect than carbon dioxide5. The TOTAL contribution of carbon dioxide to the greenhouse effect is therefore 0.013 or less. The total human contribution to atmospheric carbon dioxide since the start of the industrial revolution has been estimated at about 25%6. So humans’ carbon dioxide greenhouse effect is a quarter of 0.013, works out to about 0.00325. Total warming of the Earth by the greenhouse effect is widely accepted as about 33 degrees Centigrade, raising average temperature to 59 degrees Fahrenheit. So the contribution of anthropogenic carbon dioxide is less than 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit, or under 0.1 degree Centigrade. Global warming over the last century is thought by many to be 0.6 to 0.8 degrees Centigrade.

But that’s only the beginning. We’ve had global warming for more than 10,000 years, since the end of the last Ice Age, and there is evidence temperatures were actually somewhat warmer 9,000 years ago and again 4,500 to 8,000 years ago than they are today7. Whatever caused that, it was not human activity. It was not all those power plants and factories and SUVs being operated by Stone Age cavemen while chipping arrowheads out of bits of flint. Whatever the cause was, it melted the glaciers that in North America once extended south to Long Island and parts of New York City8 into virtually complete disappearance (except for a few mountain remnants). That’s one big greenhouse effect! If we are still having global warming – and I suppose we could presume we are, given this 10,000 year history – it seems highly likely that it is still the overwhelmingly primary cause of continued warming, rather than our piddling 0.00325 contribution to the greenhouse effect.

Yet even that trend-continuation today needs to be proved. Evidence is that the Medieval Warm Period centered on the 1200s was somewhat warmer than we are now9, and the climate was clearly colder in the Little Ice Age in the 1600s than it is now10. So we are within the range of normal up-and-down fluctuations without human greenhouse contributions that could be significant, or even measurable.

The principal scientists arguing for human-caused global warming have been demonstrably disingenuous11, and now you can see why. They have proved they should not be trusted.

The idea that we should be spending hundreds of billions of dollars and hamstringing the economy of the entire world to reduce carbon dioxide emissions is beyond ludicrous in light of the facts above; it is insane. Furthermore, it sucks attention and resources from seeking the other sources of warming and from coping with climate change and its effects in realistic ways. The true motivation underlying the global warming movement is almost certainly ideological and political in nature, and I predict that
Anthropogenic Global Warming, as currently presented, will go down as the greatest fraud of all time. It makes Ponzi and Madoff look like pikers by comparison."
commented 2015-11-07 15:00:57 -0500
Nothing against the name “Kelly” but there certainly are a lot on this site with the name “Kelly” as the first of last name.

I think mane are the same person, some posing a conservative troll and some as a leftie troll. I could be wrong, but I doubt it. Maybe the name “Kelly” is popular as a first and/or last name.

Just an observation.
commented 2015-11-07 14:07:17 -0500
The Marxist Eco movement is so damn laughable, these low information dickheads are being duped by the most evil and richest men on the planet, Soros and Gore. You idiots are willingly having your pockets picked by junk science, this has absolutely nothing to do with saving the planet. It has everything to do with bringing the world economy’s to there knees so we can all be economic slaves to these masters. Do yourselves a favour and wake up.
commented 2015-11-07 14:00:01 -0500
So perverse and an oxymoron to boot to call someone so unqualified for this position as "Honourable”.
commented 2015-11-07 13:43:52 -0500
In Alberta, we’re already screwed with the whackadoo NDP green policies they are shoving down everyone’s throats at all costs…. just as in Ontario. I’m expecting the rest of the country to get saddled with the same whackadoo green policies.
commented 2015-11-07 12:32:09 -0500
These socialists dictators are scary and out of touch with reality.
commented 2015-11-07 11:20:48 -0500
“Sheila Gunn Reid should do some reading up. James Gordon Carr is highly qualified.”

Yes Jay, maybe to teach music or play in an orchestra.

Nero had his fiddle to play while Rome burned, now Canada has an oboe player to do the same.
commented 2015-11-07 04:42:55 -0500
Sheila Gunn Reid should do some reading up. James Gordon Carr is highly qualified.
commented 2015-11-07 03:23:32 -0500
Mr. Carr was a super popular Manitoba Liberal MLA under the leadership of Sharon Carstairs. Though I wouldn’t have voted for him in Winnipeg South Centre, I am very confident of his qualifications as a Minister of Resources. My hats off to him.
commented 2015-11-07 00:44:32 -0500
Now we have all our eggs in NO basket
commented 2015-11-06 22:47:03 -0500
The economy for subsidized windmills will soar. Maybe it is time for oil companies to chase the new coin.
commented 2015-11-06 21:23:28 -0500
Its a religion stupid. Why do you need any knowledge of science?
commented 2015-11-06 21:19:25 -0500
it would appear the gene pool is fairly shallow when you hear these
people speak.