Opinion

The gods are laughing

by Emily Atkins

There was an interesting article on today's Financial Post op-ed page critical of the new Al Gore documentary An Inconvenient Truth. I'll be viewing the flick tomorrow and will report back on it in this space. I think it's useful reading the skeptical material, especially when it counteracts certain exaggerations. Readers of this blog know that I've gradually come around to the belief that we should take preventative Kyoto-type measures as a sort of "insurance policy" in case global warming is happening as claimed. In fact, Kyoto could be viewed as little more than a "downpayment" on an insurance policy that we'll be glad we made if the science unfolds on its current trend, because in a few years we might have to make some truly drastic changes. I'll keep advocating the easier initial steps in this space. For your convenience I've pasted the article below. The actual FP op-ed page contains an editorial by Peter Foster that opines on these matters, but I think this article is more interesting.

Upside down smokestacks

by Emily Atkins

Okay, I'm back form my trip to Finland and the UK. I'll post more thoughts and observations from the trip over the coming days. There's a lot to talk about. In the meantime, I wanted to draw readers' attention to a very interesting article in today's National Post newspaper about a highly effective carbon sequestration system that's up and running on a huge scale near Weyburn, Saskatchewan. I didn't realize such potential to offset global warming existed anywhere, never mind Canada. To wet your appetite for the article (which I've pasted below), let me just quote the following: "Geologists say Canada is blessed with huge sedimentary basins that have the potential to hold mind-boggling volumes of the gas. "We'd run out of fossil fuels before we'd run out of storage space," says geologist Malcolm Wilson of the University of Regina. On a global scale, scientists estimate there is room to bury the entire world's CO2 emissions for hundreds of years." Now, here's the article: