June 13, 2016

Cold weather solar greenhouses in Canada? McKenna again proves she’s “not the smartest monkey at the zoo”

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

Catherine McKenna strikes again. Last week, Ezra showed you a glorious fail by Canada's Environment and Climate Change Minister. She fell for a fake suggestion to slow the rate of climate change by removing unnecessary security lighting. She's that dumb.

But it gets better. A day later and learning nothing from being trolled by that genius Alan from Saskatchewan, McKenna was had again.

At least, I want to believe this person was trolling McKenna since the Tweet McKenna sent out is just so dumb.

She tweets:

“This #Clean Tech idea concerns food security” along with a picture that says,

“It would be prudent to start planning for food security in Canada by building cold climate solar greenhouses in urban and rural areas throughout the country”

I want to believe Nikica in Manitoba is as smart as Alan in Saskatchewan and not as dumb as McKenna. Cold weather solar greenhouses, in Canada?

Be sure to put them all over the place because they totally have room for that nonsense in downtown Toronto. Has McKenna ever been outside in the winter? Or grown a vegetable. Or at least met a farmer? Or looked out a window at 4 pm in December?

Lets take a look at how stupid this idea is. Look at places where they might even have the room to put swaths of extra greenhouses, like Winnipeg. Besides having low actual daylight hours in the winter in Canada, the sun doesn’t shine much in the winter.

It doesn’t really matter where you are in the country for that to be true. In December, Winnipeg had on average 3.2 hours of sunshine daily. Do you think thats enough solar energy to heat a greenhouse to a temperature warm enough to grow cucumbers on a minus 25 degree celsius night? Not without our good friend natural gas. Our old pal natural gas has been making local food production a reality for decades. Too bad McKenna wants to carbon tax it.

This is Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister. I’m convinced she is a token appointment in Trudeau’s pursuit for gender parity because it’s becoming more and more clear that she wasn’t hired for her brains.

But who is worse? A woman who thinks you can grow lettuce using the sun at minus 40 in Hay River in the dead of January or the Prime Minister who hired her?

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commented 2016-08-25 23:17:06 -0400
As much as I don’t like the current liberal government, this is actually possible in Canada.

Using solar heat and thermal mass, you can create a greenhouse that will be warm enough in -25 to grow vegetables. It’s currently being done in Canada and all over the world.

Just wanted to share that
commented 2016-06-18 07:24:11 -0400
Doesn’t she resemble Bill Clintons assistant Monica?😵
commented 2016-06-18 07:14:52 -0400
This Liberial Party,is going to go down in Canadian history as the dumbest bunch of idiots the country ever produced. It to bad we can’t remove them from power before they put are children & grand children into a third world country.
commented 2016-06-15 00:13:12 -0400
Part of the problem is that McKenna does not know that periods of daylight are shorter in the winter in northern latitudes like Canada.

Because it’s always dark with your head up your ass.
commented 2016-06-14 23:03:34 -0400
Just wondering, but doesn’t it seems like Trudeau has surrounded himself with people on our about the same level of competence. I remember the liberal media after the election saying something like Trudeau had embarrassing array of riches/qualified candidates from which to pick Cabinet posts. Looks like he opted for the embarrassing part of the riches lol.
commented 2016-06-14 15:36:06 -0400
GLEN CRAIG: Another great post by you. I am feeling inferior and somewhat envious. Please keep it coming as you are always a great read.

Dump em All
commented 2016-06-14 15:23:25 -0400
Obviously one greenhouse worked along the way. Look at the crop of vegetables we have for a cabinet. Trudope even had the geneticists develop a self fermenting fruit that transforms into a walking cocktail, aka Fudd McCallum. As for McKenna has her brain been mush from birth?

We should all be lining up for licensing to operate greenhouses to grow the legal MJ for Justin and his followers. I’m sure the subsidies will be flying, a no lose proposition, all we have to do is become fake liberals. The wind farms could double as a drying and curing phase for the subsequent crops, and the greens could tout their environMENTAL genius. It’s 2016. McKenna could be in charge.

MARYANN KENNY: We might as well cut to the chase. La merde du KAYBEC is a non pollutant. Justin has told us so in so many words, and on SO many occasions. It’s ironic that they would even have treatment plants, he insists their shit does not stink. We know better of course. Maybe the “dump” sign on the valve was only in English and a mistake was made. Fk, now the thought police may become involved. Hard to keep track of things in this fkt up PC world.

commented 2016-06-14 14:52:25 -0400
Down the road from me is a garden center with green houses. The owner uses oil furnaces that various homes in the area got rid of mostly because of insurance issues and over the top environmental regulations concerning leaky tanks….to heat the green houses in the spring shoulder season. We get overnight frost into june.

I once suggested to him that he could eliminate that oil bill (because heating single pane glass is like trying to heat the great outdoors) by applying layer after layer of glass. In fact there could never be a point of diminishing returns and you could eventually smelt metal inside that greenhouse..

He said that’s absurd …if there was any advantage to applying even double paned glass to an unheated greenhouse all greenhouse owners would already be doing it……..

So I asked him how that was different from “greenhouse gas” theory.

One of the things that low science information contributes to the ecology flake cult is that people seem to assume that space is room temperature. This is due to the room temperature stage sets of Star Treck and similar science fiction….outer space is as cold as cold gets and outer space begins just above where jets fly. Fighter pilots wear a flight suit inside a pressurized and heated cockpit so that they can survive the cold if they are forced to bail out.

Al Gore’s assertion that it is the polar caps that cool the planet is nonsense. It is like saying that it was the frost in old technology refridgerator freezers that made the refridgerator work, when in fact it hurt the efficiency of the cooling system. And just as eliminating frost from those freezers made refrigerators work more efficiently….so would the disappearance of the polar ice caps make the cold of outer space chill our planet more efficiently…and the cold of outer space is a limitless thing.

It is folly to think our campfires can fend off the cold of outer space. If we were to place alll feul combustables available in a pile at the south pole in the dead of winter and shot the wad like the little match girl…it would fail to fend off even one of the blizzards of that winter season.

The Fort McMurray fire is not going to make this comming winter…nor any other winter in Alberta warmer.
commented 2016-06-14 14:26:50 -0400
This is an illustration of the failure of affirmative action vs. merit based appointments. I would have no issue with the entire cabinet being female were they the best individuals for the job. This woman is just an embarrassment. and a poor reflection on the skills of the person that hired her to be a minister, and the folks that voted her in as an MP.

Recall that 1970’s song “The Monkey that became President”. Maybe we would be better off.
commented 2016-06-14 13:48:37 -0400
I for one ,am NOT surprised ………all this brought to you by the IDIOT that thought it was OK to dump 8 MILLION liters of QUEBEC SHIT ( LITERALLY ) into the St. Lawrence River…….O BUT WAIT….THEY R KAYBECCERS YA KNOW….KAYBECCERS ARE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE !!!!!!
commented 2016-06-14 13:47:22 -0400
I reiterate: Crichton said, “The only thing worse than a limousine liberal, is a Gulfstream environmentalist”
commented 2016-06-14 13:36:01 -0400
If solar-panelled greenhouses work so well in the Canadian winter in the far north, why are the indigenous people in the northern communities paying such astronomical prices for fresh fruit and vegetables that are flown in for them? They could save themselves a bundle! We really need to have a national inquiry into this!
commented 2016-06-14 12:22:06 -0400
McKenna is not just stupid; she’s likely on drugs – powerful, powerful drugs.
commented 2016-06-14 12:04:53 -0400
Yes, the idea of solar greenhouses wouldn’t cut it. But Sheila did allude to using natural gas as heat, and I’m suggesting grow lights if one wanted to grow year-round, and yes, the cost of latter produce would be expensive.
I have lived in Grande Prairie, Alberta for three winters now. As a former market gardener on Vancouver Island, it was available sunshine that shortened our growing season in winter, yet with some grow lights we were able to extend our fall season and ramp up spring season. It was light that was needed, and a little supplemental heat. We had beets in March, and greens for late fall, even into winter.
Here in Grande Prairie and surrounds, it would definitely be possible to extend seasons on either spectrum, but here you need heat. Of course, one wouldn’t want to grow tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, etc., in the dead of winter in northern Alberta, but with heat from natural gas, and the available good light we have here, springs crops such as lettuce, mesclun mixes, spinach, Swiss chard, and other cool-loving crops could certainly be had earlier in the season, from greenhouse culture. I grow tomatoes outside in Grande Prairie. Few ripen fully, but in a greenhouse, with supplemental heat later in the season, tomatoes would definitely ripen. Thus, we could produce some of the heat-loving crops here as well, until available light was so reduced as to make artificial lighting too costly. I, myself would pay good money for a good tomato in late fall, into winter.
McKenna, is silly to think of using solar power, but here in Northern Alberta, we should seriously think of offsetting imports by putting up greenhouses, heated by a relatively cheap natural gas source, and using the many hours of sunlight we get here. And I do believe that with cheap heat and some supplemental light in winter, we could at least provide our own greens. Mustard greens, as just one example, high in nutrients and anti-oxidants, actually grows in very low light levels.
If we are spending billions of dollars each year importing produce that at the best is ragged looking and nutrient-poor by the time it reaches northern Alberta, it is not rocket science to think we can’t grow some of our own food in the north. So, although the MInister is wrong in her suggestion of solar greenhouses, she is not wrong with her premise of growing sonme of our own produce in northern Alnberta and other areas of Canada that have natural gas as heat source.
commented 2016-06-14 11:45:15 -0400
In all fairness, the real cause of the problem, and I’m sure the difficulty and likely immense stress for Catherine McKenna in undertaking her challenging role, rests with the person who appointed her and is personally accountable for that decision — and we all know who that is.
commented 2016-06-14 11:34:14 -0400
“Peter Netterville commented 1 hour ago
I have noticed that those who think a winter greenhouse would work have not thought things through.”

Actually Peter, the majority of these socialist scientists live below the 49th parallel or the lower B/C mainland and Island, and in cities. Consequently their cluelessness about basic botany. They probably believe truly that plants can grow in the dark at -20 degrees, because veggies are available in the supermarkets during winter time and that is the level of their scientific evidence gathering.

Pretty soon, these socialist scientists will be insisting that we believe in Lamarckism rather than Darwinism because the former was an exalted USSR scientist. They will have UN panel to prove it by consensus, since socialist science is done by consensus and not empiricism.

commented 2016-06-14 11:20:08 -0400
Betina Dunn have you ever ran solar systems, both the heating kind and the power generation kind, if you have you would know WINTER IS COLD DARK AND VERY POOR FOR SOLAR, THE FURTHER NORTH YOU GO THE WORSE IT GETS.
commented 2016-06-14 11:14:57 -0400
i have a 40 by 20 greenhouse on my farm, it is three seasons at the most, any four season greenhouse uses hydrocarbon for heat, or electricity is needed on a massive scale. She is totally out of touch with reality, ZERO CLUE
commented 2016-06-14 11:11:08 -0400
Dear Mark

Greenhouses are freezing cold in minus 25. Veggies don’t grow in freezing cold. They die. Which is why leaves fall off trees in winter. The sky is blue from ozone, circles don’t have corners, and you forgot your helmet. Bonk
commented 2016-06-14 11:07:16 -0400
Idiocracy. facepalm “It’s got electrolytes.”
commented 2016-06-14 10:17:09 -0400
“not the smartest monkey in the zoo”. Well, I’d say she is the one monkey that eats it’s own poo! She really is that stupid.
Considering Trudeau is “top dog” and as such, he should be the best of the best, the smartest of the smart. With that in mind, and knowing that from the top dog on downwards, the “lesser dogs” are by nature, more and more stupid, is it at all surprising that she is a complete imbecile! After all Trudeau is a verifiable idiot, and it gets worse from there onward. With them at the levers of power, Canada is in for some very hard times.
commented 2016-06-14 10:11:38 -0400
Mark Potatohead, give your head a shake, going through all that labor and expence just to grow some artic moss
commented 2016-06-14 10:02:48 -0400
Yeah, checked it out, she’s " like " a total vacouse air head teenager
commented 2016-06-14 10:00:33 -0400
I have noticed that those who think a winter greenhouse would work have not thought things through.

The biggest being, what do you do for electricity when the sun is gone and it is not windy?

Okay, so you say backup batteries. Have you ever looked at the price of storage batteries? Ever looked at the price of solar panels? Ever looked at the price of even a small wind turbine?

The cost of a green energy greenhouse in the winter would make your vegies so expensive you would never sell them.

Evnirowhackos! They just cannot think things through. Head in the clouds and math challenged.
commented 2016-06-14 09:15:38 -0400
Marty Ashfield – that’s the blank look of someone who’s had their brains hollowed out!
commented 2016-06-14 02:03:37 -0400
Betina they have been working on solar panels for many decades now, when will they actually be useful in a meaningful way?
commented 2016-06-14 01:35:25 -0400
Hell she even looks stunned.
commented 2016-06-14 01:34:29 -0400
As I commented before – she is not the freshest patty in the cow pasture.
Her elevator doesn’t go all the way up to the top floor.
Her cookies are not fully baked.
There are many ways of saying that she is Dumb, but only one correct way – she is Dumb!