commented on Surely Keystone Will Work Out Just Fine
Actually, TransCanada has two proposed pipelines that have basically been canned in the last 10 years, each the size of Keystone XL or bigger. The Mackenzie Valley pipeline was canned due to natural gas prices and a giant regulatory mess-a mess that was so big even back in the 70s that a judge back then said 'Screw it, try again in 30 years'. The Alaska pipeline has mostly been a victim of gas prices and shale gas-too much supply in the continental US to support it.
There was also an interesting case in the States where a company wrongly claimed 'common carrier' status for a private, company-only pipeline; a judge canned that one.
I cannot remember the last time a pipeline got canned due to environmental concerns, although Enbridge is facing huge resistance to a proposed line to the BC coast right now.
commented on Gun Nuts with Badges
The make and model were not the same at all, and as for tinting, @2, you can completely black out everything but the front side and front windshield (otherwise panel vans would be illegal).
Just for the record:
Hope the two ladies heal okay and they catch the real guy before anyone else gets shot.
Jun 13, 2012
commented on A Little Afternoon Reading on Cognitive Bias
Tellingly, I tried to shortcut it, failed, got mad, meekly did the basic, basic algebra, and didn't write the final steps when I realized the answer the algebra pointed me towards.
My notebook literally goes from
If I was patient, I would have written down all the steps-if I was confident off the bat, I would have written down none.
Nov 7, 2011
commented on The Morning News
I'm a pipeline engineer. As for Dr. Hansen, I don't think he's incorrect; the question is, is shooting down a pipeline the answer? Killing this project may slow down the develop of oil production from the tarsands, but it won't end it by any means, and it will target one source of carbon intensive oil rather than even handedly targeting all sources of carbon intensive oil/energy.
I would love, just love to have carbon taxes be placed on oil and other energy sources. It would put value on the right things, push energy companies to produce oil more efficiently, and push everyone to use less carbon intensive fuels.
The first state or province in North America with a carbon tax? Alberta. No US states and only three of the Canadian provinces tax carbon at present.