Myths about India and Climate Change

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Interesting read on India’s actions and plans for climate change: Dispelling myths about India and climate change.  Surprisingly, it mentions that India already produces 10% of its power from renewable resources,  compared to less than 4% for the US.

Another example of Unions hurting their members

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This is stupid: Union blocks teacher bonuses.  A school district in Boston had setup incentives (bonuses) for teachers whose students performed well.  I’m sure the system could be gamed, and wouldn’t be perfect, but it still sounds like a good idea.  Except the teachers union is blocking the bonuses claiming the money should be distributed evenly amongst the members.

What?  I thought the intention of unions was to ensure their members were treated fairly, not necessarily equally.   Union members can get paid different amount for different positions and level of seniority.  Why not performance incentives?  I’m not sure if this is universally frowned upon by unions or just this one.

Either way, it adds to the widespread perception that unions often stifle worker productivity.  While I still believe there is a place for good unions in our society, I feel like most are unfortunately the bad kind these days.  For myself, I would definitely avoid working for a union if possible.

Don’t Twitter on me!

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There seems to be a growing divide on the Interwebs: those who use Twitter and those who don’t.  Within my age group and level of tech-saviness I had been getting the impression I was in the minority of those who don’t use it.  So, this came as a welcome surprise: Do you use Twitter? (via LifeHacker)

At the time I voted there was an even split of people who use it a lot or occasionally (26% and 20%) vs. never (46%).  Fight the power!

An embarrassment for Canada: CO2 emissions up over 20%

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Canada’s CO2 emissions are up well over 20% as measured against 1990.  Even more embarrassing: our emissions grew more than the US by about 10%.

Further, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Sweden, Britain and Germany all showed significant decreases, while still maintaining economic growth (lower than ours).

From: Hot Air