NOTES/QUOTES #5: Climate change politics, #YZF is not #Yellowknife and the airport’s screening clog
I am not a climate change denier. Obviously, the Earth’s climate changes over time.
But I’m also not letting fluctuations in weather freak me out so much that I’m ready to ditch my Hummer in favour of a fat bike.
Yes, I do own a H2, once a high-value target for the environuts. That was before the motoring public began its widespread love affair with SUVs and pick-up trucks, relegating my decade-and-a-half old H2 now to vintage oddity status.
But I digress.
The changes to our climate — once called global warming, until it really wasn’t that evident in real-life terms things were all that toastier — are very likely due in part to the toxic mess we’ve been spewing into the air for a century or so. Who wouldn’t agree with that?
And I do think every country across the globe needs to work to reduce emissions to try and mitigate future damage.
However, one country alone — such as Canada — or even a group of countries won’t have much impact if some of the worst offenders aren’t joining in. Hello China, India, Russia, etc.
Even more exasperating to me is how the climate file is in the firm clutches of the Birkenstocked lefty crowd and how it is being used to scare kids towards that socialist set.
And dumb stunts such as #FridaysForFuture are an example of how the noble cause of environmentalism is being enmeshed with a favourite antic of the left — civil disobedience.
This Friday students across the world — none yet in the NWT (as of March 12), but is see the local Council of Canadians chapter is trying to get the word out — are being encouraged to go on strike.
Yup, online resource material “recommends” students strike near a city hall, government building, a politician’s office, school “or any prominent place in your community.”
Or, a “strike” can be staged in school: “Wear green clothes or green bandanas or green anything and at 10 a.m. ring alarm bells or clang pots for one minute and then talk about specific things adults need to do to stop jeopardizing your future.”
Or, a student can choose to skip school on Friday and just stay home “and strike privately.” (Or play video games, I suggest?)
It’s not as if the kids don’t get enough education about the environment on an ongoing basis in the classroom.
Nope, this is all about the politics, baby.
Want proof? Here are more instructions in the #FridaysForFuture bumph:
“The media must treat this crisis like a crisis, all levels of governments must have plans in line with the best science and economics to cut greenhouse emissions and adapt to our changing climate.
“And adults must seriously review the climate plans of politicians before they vote in elections.”
That clearly provides and edge to left-leaning politicians who generally push climate agendas much harder than other policies. Climate change has been politicized and is now being used as a vehicle to drive more lefties into public office.
And some aren’t worrying about the damage that could be done to another fragile eco-system — our economy.
All too often these days, the “best science” is phoney and economics are simply not a concern for left-wing movements.
Heard of the Dems’ Green New Deal in the United States?
The acronym YZF stands for the Yellowknife airport. It is also the make of a popular Yamaha “superbike” motorcycle.
It is no longer the best Twitter hashtag for #Yellowknife.
While I can understand how using the shorter #YZF hashtag was appropriate in the original 140-character Twitterverse, but since the character length has been doubled, there is no reason not to use #Yellowknife.
And I see most people get it. Especially anyone who uses Tweetdeck and have columns devoted to capturing local and regional tweets, using hashtags #Yellowknife, #NWT and #nwtpoli. But Tweetdeckers also need to waste a column for #YZF, as some key users still incorporate that hashtag.
That includes, oddly, the City of Yellowknife, @OurYellowknife.
I also see many earnest Tweeps (is that still a term?) including both #YZF and #Yellowknife hashtags in their tweets, in an attempt to reach the broadest local audience.
Now this could be dismissed as a #FirstWorldProblem, however, it has been a burr in my saddle for a while now.
This especially since I find myself cleaning up my #YZF column each morning, blocking dozens of motorcycle fans from across the world, as you can see by the image here.
So on this issue, I will bravely lead the charge — only use #Yellowknife for the capital city. Leave #YZF for the airport (which also will include #Yellowknife in its tweets) and fans of the open-class exotic motorcycle.
Speaking of the Yellowknife Airport, the congestion through the security screening issue has been alleviated slightly with recent upgrades, but it is still a big headache.
For a place that hopes to grow its tourism sector, having all those foreign visitors having to stand in laughingly long lines to be processed through the ONE line is not acceptable. It leaves a very bad final impression on our guests.
Recent discussions in the NWT Legislative Assembly have seen this hot potato bounced from blaming the GNWT, to the feds, with everyone just asking: WHY?
I just returned from a week in Las Vegas, so I feel I can offer informed comment on the experience at #YZF (the airport, not the city, or motorcycle).
When I arrived to catch a midday Westjet flight, I was shocked to see a couple of hundred people — many, many of them clearly visitors — lining up at the Air Canada counter, as there was apparently a couple of flights leaving close to the same time (that’s kind of a dumb situation in itself, created by the airline).
I was lucky to be able to beat that crush and made it through security with little wait and minimal stress.
However, when that glut of humanity started to make it past the luggage check-in, things started to back-up quickly at security.
Hey, politicians: stop passing the buck and get another security line installed. Geez, it’s a no-brainer.