Friday, January 25, 2008

Behaviour Modification

Given that almost everyone seems to think cars a problem, how about doing with cars what was done with cigarettes - ban any advertising of cars........

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Rail Transit and Busways

We need to get the public away from the irrational love affair with rail transit and recognize that we can not afford to build any sort of track based transit expect for in the dense areas of the lower mainland.

Somehow there is a large segment of the public that dislikes buses. Every city that has a subway moves huge numbers of people via buses as well. The bus is the core to transit is the mechanism that will get people out of their cars.

Right now there is a campaign in Greater Victoria for a light rail system of some sort from downtown to the western communities. The people seem to want to use the old E and N line and think that there will be the traffic to make it work. Not a chance.

The cost of building a light rail line out to Langford from downtown Victoria would cost in the order of $200 000 000 to $500 000 000. The amount of money that this entails is enough to do some amazing things in Greater Victoria to deal with climate change issues. The potential savings from the rail transit will be minimal.

Make it faster for me to get to work on a bus and I will do it. Make it cheaper as well - say sell me an annual pass for $30 a month - and I will have one and use the buses more often.

At the moment the incremental cost to me to drive downtown is about $0.75 plus parking - say a buck. The bus will cost me $2.25. Using my car is cheaper. But I can hear you say that I am not counting all the other costs of car ownership, payments and insurance. Well, I have to pay that if I use the car or bus.

Building rail and operating it will mean a huge reduction in bus service in Greater Victoria and higher fares. So more people will start to drive because the bus will no longer be an option or the price premium for transit is too high.

Most of the people taking transit in Greater Victoria do not live along any proposed rail transit route. The population of the western communities is not slated to rise that dramatically that there will ever be a large portion of BC Transit's customers on that line.

A rail transit system is likely to lead to more green house gases in Greater Victoria, not less.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Uranium Exploration

The hysteria about global warming and greenhouse gases has produced a huge boost to mining junior companies exploring for uranium. Not only are companies looking in Saskatchewan, but also in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland. We are at the start of a new uranium rush and I am not happy about this.

#January 18, 2008
Commander Outlines Drill Targets at Troy's Pond

Commander Resources Ltd. (CMD-TSX Venture) reports that a geophysical survey has defined a significant drill target coincident with uranium mineralization at Troy's Pond. The Induced Polarization (I.P.) survey was completed late in 2007 on the Troy's Pond, ST-129 and Quinlan uranium prospects on the wholly-owned Strickland Property, part of the Hermitage uranium project, Newfoundland.

Results from back-hoe trenching and alpha-track survey work completed in the fall on other areas of the large Hermitage project are awaited.

At Troy's Pond, six I.P. lines were completed to follow-up significant uranium mineralization intersected in drill holes completed in early in 2007 (previously reported in the Company's news release dated February 2nd, 2007), including a 10 metre wide uranium bearing zone assaying 0.02% U3O8, with a 4.3 m interval assaying 0.045% U3O8 (about 1 lb / t). A weak I.P. chargeability response, detected close to this uranium-bearing drill intersection, strengthens 100 metres to the west, then continues for a further 200 metres along strike of the host rock sequence to the end of the survey grid, beyond which the anomaly is open (refer to map on the Company's website). Several drill holes will be required to test this anomaly once a follow up I.P. survey has been done.

The I.P. survey identified a new target in an overburden-covered area in the northwest portion of the Troy's Pond grid where no uranium prospects are known. The new target is 300 metres long and is open beyond the survey limit. An alpha-track survey, scintillometer survey, and soil sampling are required to determine if there is uranium associated with the anomaly. If the presence of uranium is indicated on this anomaly, it will be ready for drill testing.

At the ST-129 uranium prospect, one kilometre east of Troy's Pond, three lines of I.P. surveying gave inconclusive results due to technical problems. Further I.P. surveying and sampling are required to develop drill targets.

At the Quinlan Uranium Prospect, 10 km to the east of Troy's Pond, only three short lines of I.P. surveying were completed due to weather constraints. An anomaly on the westernmost line surveyed is clearly associated with uranium in bedrock. The I.P. anomaly is open in the direction of the uranium bearing trend which continues for several 100 metres. Uranium mineralization has been traced over a strike length of more than 800 metres in this area. If a suitable I.P. anomaly is developed, it will be drill ready.

Logistically, the Strickland property is ideally located. Troy's Pond is situated only 8 kilometres from the old Hope Brook gold mine, which is 2 kilometres from tidewater where there is a useable pier. Also, an active, 150,000 volt powerline terminates at the old mine site.


Commander Resources Ltd. is a junior exploration company focused on gold and base metal exploration in Canada. The strength of Commander comes from a combination of aggressive land acquisition and strategic partnerships to increase exposure to discovery while mitigating risk to the shareholders. Diversification is the cornerstone of Commander's strategy and is reflected in its extensive property portfolio including the main projects, Baffin Island Gold, Hermitage Uranium and the South Voisey's Bay Nickel properties.

On behalf of the Board of Directors,

Kenneth E. Leigh
President & CEO
For further information, please call:
Investor Relations: BMK Communications
Toll Free: 1-877-489-4440


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Tata Motors New Car

Recently the Indian based transnational announced the one lahk car. This car will retail for about $2500 in India and make car ownership a reasonable option for a much larger portion of the Indian population.

The response in the west has been interesting. One set of people are arguing that this is a horror as the world can not sustain the Indians massively expanding car ownership. The other set are saying the developed world is sinning because it has been on top too long and is producing so much more green house gases per person. Both are small minded and backward thinking approaches to the issues.

The people of Indian want to be able drive as we do and who are we to tell them no? Frankly, the predicted problems from global warming seem to be worse for India than most of the developed world and it is the Indians that could suffer, not Canadians.

The thinking has to evolve when it comes to GHGs. Realistically the answer lies in new technologies that cause less green house gases, carbon capture and a transition time till to allow for society to shift over.

India and China, a total of 40% of the global population, are going to be very quickly shifting to a much higher standard of living and this will mean a dramatic increase in cars, air travel and meat consumption in these nations. China is now the biggest producer of green house gases and the reality is that neither nation is going to slow down or stop.

If governments were to start some sort of program carbon taxes, it would make sense for government to use the money raised to buy back carbon. Making a large market for the purchase of carbon will create a market for the technology to strip carbon from the air.

The way forward will have to be one that allows people to consume more, drive more, and lead a higher standard of living or change will not occur. People are not ready to stop eating meat or live without air conditioning. Most new cars in Canada have air conditioning and reduce the gas mileage by about 5% when in use - pure CO2 production to keep people cool in a cold nation.

The public in the developed world will not willing trade down their standard of living and people in the developing world want our standard of living. Working against these trends is at best moronic and at worst psychopathic.