article wrote:"In the past, in a typical Olympic and Paralympic Games of this size, they would use about 600 diesel generators, they'd be on most of the time, and obviously a lot of greenhouse gas is consumed," said Bob Elton, president and chief executive officer of BC Hydro.
article wrote:VANOC has said it wants to make the 2010 Games the greenest in Olympic history.
article wrote:Earlier this week, VANOC announced a sponsorship deal with B.C.-based Offsetters Green Technology Inc., which said it will invest in clean energy projects such as hydrogen fuel cells to offset 110,000 tonnes of carbon emissions generated from the Games.
Organizers say the Vancouver Olympics will be the first to have an official carbon offset supplier.
tism wrote:article wrote:"In the past, in a typical Olympic and Paralympic Games of this size, they would use about 600 diesel generators, they'd be on most of the time, and obviously a lot of greenhouse gas is consumed," said Bob Elton, president and chief executive officer of BC Hydro.
Diesel generators consume greenhouse gas?? Holy fuck, the global warming problem is solved! We need more diesel generators right now!
tism wrote:article wrote:VANOC has said it wants to make the 2010 Games the greenest in Olympic history.
Think about it for a second... Good fucking luck!
Do these guys even listen to what they are saying?
PM didn't pocket communion wafer, spokesman says
‘He accepted it and consumed it,' official says in wake of video from Leblanc's funeral
Tu Thanh Ha
The Globe and Mail Last updated on Wednesday, Jul. 08, 2009 07:35PM EDT
Stephen Harper committed no etiquette blunder at the funeral mass of former governor-general Roméo Leblanc, his spokesman said, denying speculation that the Prime Minister pocketed a communion wafer offered to him by a priest.
The Prime Minister's Office was reacting after a high-ranking New Brunswick Catholic church official asked that Mr. Harper clarify what happened. Catholics consider that the host is the body of the Christ once it is consecrated by the priest and is supposed to be consumed after it is received.
Footage of the service, shown on Cable Public Affairs Channel, shows Mr. Harper receiving the wafer but the camera cuts away before the Prime Minister can be seen putting it in his mouth.
The two people who received wafers before and after Mr. Harper – Jean-Daniel Lafond, the spouse of the Governor-General, and New Brunswick Lieutenant-Governor Herménégilde Chiasson – can be seen putting the host in their mouths right away.
“He accepted it and consumed it,” Mr. Harper's spokesman, Dimitri Soudas, said from Italy where the Prime Minister is meeting G8 leaders.
“The camera was on for two or three seconds. One cannot assume that because the camera was not on him that he did not consume communion.”
The Speaker of the Senate, Noël Kinsella, said he personally saw Mr. Harper consume the host.
“Sitting only a few seats behind him I had a full view of the proceedings,” Mr. Kinsella, a Catholic and Conservative senator from New Brunswick, said in a statement released this afternoon.
Excerpts from the video have been posted on YouTube, where some viewers speculated that Mr. Harper looked like he wanted to shake hands with the priest and wasn't expecting to get the wafer instead.
“It's not the first time that he's attended a service,” Mr. Soudas said however.
The issue was initially raised by Monsignor Brian Henneberry, vicar general and chancellor in the Diocese of Saint John.
“It's worse than a faux pas, it's a scandal from the Catholic point of view,” he told the Saint John Telegraph-Journal.
Father Henneberry, who spoke up after receiving a call from a concerned Catholic, was not available for comment today, the diocese said.
The other matter is whether Mr. Harper should have declined the wafer since he is as an evangelical Protestant, a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.
“Who is the Prime Minister to question a priest offering him communion?” Mr. Soudas said.
Following the G8 summit, Mr. Harper is to have an audience with the Pope on Saturday.
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