May 11, 2015

Global warming at the gas pump

Andrew LawtonRebel Blogger

A London, Ont. city councillor wants gas stations to pump guilt as well as fuel to drivers via a proposal that would put warning labels on gas pumps, cautioning fillers-up on the dangers of man-made global warming.

Ward 4 councillor Jesse Helmer introduced the motion to have city staff investigate this at a recent meeting of London’s civic works committee, where it was passed—unanimously.

In January, a similar proposal was implemented in West Vancouver, where gas station customers are exposed to these fear-mongering statements:

"Use of this fuel product contributes to climate change which may put up to 30% of species at a likely risk of extinction”


“Use of this fuel product contributes to climate change which may cause drought and famine”

The statements, accompanied, for some reason, by pictures of grazing animals and emaciated children in an African desert, are as far from subtlety as they are from reality.  Indeed, they also fit in quite well with the expanding narrative that gas and oil are society’s biggest evils and that people should leave their cars at home.

London’s bureaucrats are looking into ways to make this happen, but have been advised to look at “voluntary” agreements with operators of gas stations rather than a by-law that would force participation.

Admittedly, something like this is hardly newsworthy in West Vancouver. In fact, that it took the Left Coast until 2015 to come up with it is a bit embarrassing on their part.

But London, Ontario? For those who have never been to London, this is a city where many buses don’t even run on Sundays and students at the city’s two post-secondary institutions complain each year how the buses aren’t around to shuttle them home from the bars because service stops at midnight. London is currently putting up hurdles for Uber to enter the market, the city’s sparse population makes it not the most walkable.

In other words, even if filling up my gas tank would turn London into some apocalyptic wasteland, I don’t really have any other options.

Even if I did? Who cares.

Every year, I pay a licensing fee for the privilege of driving my own car, have to submit to provincially-mandated emissions testing (at my expense) every other year, not to mention paying thousands per year in fuel—much of which goes to the provincial and federal governments as it is. It is my right, and one of the most expensive rights to enjoy.

That I should be reminded of the mythical danger of global warming every time I fill up when my eyes are naturally drawn to the rapidly rolling numbers on the price display is little more than another chapter in the nanny state’s war on cars—and the black gold that keeps them running.


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commented 2015-05-20 06:01:58 -0400
I know it’s not the same, and off topic, but this kind of reminds of of what happened to cigarette packages over the years. Today, a pack of smokes is marked up by approximately 80% government taxes, depending on your province. There are so many government-mandated pictures and warnings on each pack of smokes legally sold in Canada that there is no longer any space on the package for the manufacturer to list the quantities of carcinogenic substances like arsenic, carbon monoxide and formaldehyde. Try getting that information from the manufacturer, and they just refer you back to Health Canada, which doesn’t even respond to written inquiries. Seriously, I tried. And yes I am a smoker, but a very conscientious one. I always put my butts in the garbage, never smoke right outside entrances, and make sure my smoke isn’t bothering nearby friends/strangers, which is redundant, as any smoker will tell you (being naturally sociable): strangers are simply friends you haven’t met yet. I try to be accommodating and reasonable, but I do expect some consideration in return. For example, what’s up with the little “please don’t smoke” placards recently adorning the southwest corner entrance to Churchill Square in Edmonton? It’s open air public space, for pete’s sake! Smokers pay taxes, too. If it’s such a problem, put out more ashtrays, start actually enforcing civic anti-littering bylaws on smokers who flick their butts on the ground. Otherwise, it’s just plain discrimination against a particular class of society based on addiction to nicotine. While Edmonton further curtails the rights of tobacco consumers (nicotine addicts) — a legal substance — we have taxpayer-funded safe injection sites for (illegal) heroin addicts sprouting up all across Canada. Consider that for a moment. WTF?
It’s almost comical, especially given Health Canada has such extensive requirements for the labelling of ingredients and nutritional information on food products. For example, my mother intentionally bought health-conscious, low-fat, low-sugar, low-sodium, organic food for us whenever possible. Coincidentally, she and I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and have to take medication for the rest of our lives. My doctor agreed that an iodine deficiency caused by a life-long, low-sodium diet could trigger the occurrence of a thyroid problem in someone with a genetic predisposition. Go figure.
commented 2015-05-20 04:59:54 -0400
Phil, Judy specifically mentioned the UK and called London “jihadi central”. I doubt she was referring to London, ON with that remark. Just saying…
commented 2015-05-12 02:40:57 -0400
@zee check your maps. There’s a Thames River in London ON as well. Just saying….
commented 2015-05-11 21:48:17 -0400
I wonder where where the money is gonna come from to pay that councillor if people really listen and stop buying gas.
commented 2015-05-11 20:43:24 -0400
Hey! Ward 4 councillor Jesse Helmer! It has not warmed for over 19 years. According to the NOAA State of the Climate 2008 report, climate computer model simulations show that if observations find that the globe has not warmed for periods of 15 years or more, the climate models predicting man-made warming from CO2 will be falsified at a confidence level of 95%:

“Near-zero and even negative trends are common for intervals of a decade or less in the simulations, due to the model’s internal climate variability. The simulations rule out (at the 95% level) zero trends for intervals of 15 yr or more, suggesting that an observed absence of warming of this duration is needed to create a discrepancy with the expected present-day warming rate.” What need’s to be “Investigated” is why so called consensus “science” and politicians addicted to spending others peoples money, are in denial of the Scientific Method. Oh wait… They generate “consensus” through a combination of $29 BILLION/year in dirty, dirty tax dollar bribes and intimidation. Never mind.
commented 2015-05-11 18:31:48 -0400
Mythical! Yes, indeed!
commented 2015-05-11 15:10:48 -0400
What, recycling dinosaurs is bad? Since when? And here I thought running premium was a more environmentally friendly option :)
commented 2015-05-11 14:46:04 -0400
Joan, location is London, Ontario, Canada…
NOT London, England.
Just saying…
commented 2015-05-11 14:10:48 -0400
Definitely not thought-through. Have these same councilors noted what effect the warning labels on cigarettes have had? Answer: zero. So what effect will having a warning label at a gas pump going to be? (Here’s a hint: same result!) It’s nothing but a tax-grab attempt.
commented 2015-05-11 12:48:11 -0400
First of all we need to recall that the article says the motion passed at a civics works committee level. They are not elected and they are not counsellors. In the past London has certainly not boasted the smartest nor most moral politicians but we’ve cleared most of them out and the new counsel has a little more sense – and perhaps slightly less politics. I’m guessing that they won’t get this past the first reading if that far. I agree that it borders on ridiculous even if there was some evidence of anthropogenic climate change but it’s not quite time to fire everyone in sight. Born, raised and live in London.
commented 2015-05-11 12:42:00 -0400
It would be funny to see these cities try to defend this claim in a court of law.
commented 2015-05-11 12:11:25 -0400
The booger eating weasels keep comin up with darnedest things extra costs too public including their wages just for a pure lie expressed in all languages! Chemtrails/poisonous crops all things that perpetrat sickness world wide never seems to get them to remove their fingers from their noses long enough to really do some good.
commented 2015-05-11 11:57:03 -0400
Why not pry yer butt off the couch, go down to city council and make them show (demonstrate with numbers) how this tax will have any impact on the climate – no demonstrable justification, no tax/regulation/law. Shame the Buggers as cheats if they fail in justifying such wonton graft.

You also now have the climate change con artists identified in your city council, Work to make sure they are not re-elected and make them understand WHY they are being challenged/turfed.

Bitching at this stuff gets you nowhere.
commented 2015-05-11 11:49:39 -0400
ever have a discussion with graduating school kids, who have been indoctrinated by the school system on global warming?Alternative research is not even in their vocabulary, it is a given, and their support to their bias, just look at the polar bears. it is shameful our systems brain washes from day one.
commented 2015-05-11 11:42:35 -0400
Yeah, nice try, London jihadi central, but it ain’t going to work to guilt trip me. This initiative will boost taxi sales, eh? Like those taxi businesses in Rotherham UK that specialize in profiting from abductions for the sex-slave market.

Listen, I lived in London for ten years and walked everywhere. Bus service has never been worth waiting for. I walked from downtown to and from the university every day along the banks of the Thames River. Very relaxing. Helped me gather my thoughts.

I don’t care if other people stop driving. Less idiots on the road would be a bonus.
commented 2015-05-11 11:29:13 -0400
Global warming is now Climate Change (look mom, no warming) and equals TOTAL SOCIALIST BULLCRAP.

But carbon taxes make rich gooberments MOAR RICH!!!! And that’s how the middle class gets hosed.