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DeSmogBlog: Solar Could Be Our Biggest Source Of Energy By 2050, If Politicians Make it Happen

The sun could be our biggest single source of energy and prevent 6 bilion tonnes of climate-warming CO2 pollution by 2050, according to two new reports.

Issued by the International Energy Agency, the two “Technology Roadmap” reports conclude that solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could supply 16% of the world’s electricity needs and concentrating solar power (CSP) plants could provide another 11% by the mid-point of the 21st century.

Underscoring these findings, IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven says, “The rapid cost decrease of photovoltaic modules and systems in the last few years has (Read more…)

cartoon life: Portrait of Matteo Palmieri

Filed under: digital, drawing Tagged: portrait, uffizi

Buckdog: Canada’s Corporate Welfare Bums Sitting On $575 BILLION Hoard Thanks To Harper Conservaties Tax Cuts ….

Corporate tax freedom day continues to get earlier with each passing year thanks to generous government tax cuts, the Canadian Labour Congress says in a report issued Tuesday.While most individual Canadians don’t earn enough to pay off their taxes until sometime in late June, the labour group says the country’s businesses will have reaped sufficient revenue to pay their year’s share by Jan. 30.The calculation is for 2011, but the CLC says that was two days earlier than in 2010 when it came on Feb. 1, and notes that it was not long ago when so-called “corporate tax (Read more…)

The Canadian Progressive: People’s Climate March: Economic resistance went mainstream

Kate Aronoff, a freelance journalist based in Philadelphia, argues that the recent People’s Climate March and Flood Wall Street protests made climate change “impossible for even the most mainstream of media to ignore.”

The post People’s Climate March: Economic resistance went mainstream appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Left Over: Take the Keys and Lock ‘Em Up…..

Lock up chronic runaways to keep them safe: Winnipeg police officer The longer they are on the street, the worse it becomes for them, says Supt. Danny Smyth

CBC News Posted: Sep 30, 2014 4:11 PM CT Last Updated: Sep 30, 2014 4:11 PM CT

At what point do the police have the ability to lock up anyone for any reason, to save themselves some aggravation? How about dealing with the reasons for chronic runaways at the source, instead of this obviously useless style of warehousing them?? There are many reasons for children to be runaways, and yes, I am (Read more…)

Cowichan Conversations: Sharon Jackson – And Another Kick at the Cat 2014

Well finally the BC Local Government Elections are on the front burner with election day being held on November 15th.

Cowichan Conversations will be making an effort to cover the issues and candidates in as subjective a manner as possible.

Kicking it off this morning is a release from City of Duncan Councillor Sharon Jackson, who has announced that she will once again be seeking re-election to Duncan City Council.

Media Release from City of Duncan Councillor Sharon Jackson

Duncan City Hall

After giving it great thought and wondering if I can still meaningfully contribute, I have decided to pick (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Your news links for today:

Telus Warns CRTC: Overregulation Could Harm Wireless Industry Like in Europe – iPhone in Canada Canada cannot support 4th carrier; Telus – National Newswatch Mobilicity selects Reverb Networks Self-Optimizing Network (SON) for Nationwide Deployment in Canada – Realwire Canadian carriers are just shameless. – r/Canada discussion EFF Intervenes in Canadian Court Case to Protect Free Speech Online – EFF Privacy, Security and Occupy Central – Howard Forums Chinese security forces administer rectal probes to 10,000 pigeons – Boing Boing U.S. Law Enforcement Seeks to Halt Apple-Google Encryption of Mobile Data – Bloomberg

All links (Read more…)

Parchment in the Fire: Austerity has been an utter disaster for the eurozone | Business | The Guardian

Austerity has been an utter disaster for the eurozone | Business | The Guardian.


Austerity has been an utter and unmitigated disaster, which has become increasingly apparent as European Union economies once again face stagnation, if not a triple-dip recession. Photograph: Vladimir Rys/Getty Images

“If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the theory,” goes the old adage. But too often it is easier to keep the theory and change the facts – or so German chancellor Angela Merkel and other pro-austerity European leaders appear to believe. Though facts keep staring them in the face, they continue to deny (Read more…)

Things Are Good: The Growth of Solar Power is Shaking Power Companies

Solar panels have come down in price rather dramatically in the last decade and if this trend continues it can be the death of old-school electric utilities. That is, unless the energy companies embrace solar and embed it into their system. Smart companies see the writing on the wall and others will start to falter.

So even though solar provides just 0.4 percent of America’s electricity, it’s growing at a shocking rate. Rooftop solar generation has roughly tripled since 2010. By some estimates, a new solar system is installed every four minutes in the United States.

To electric utilities, (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: It’s Why I Subscribe

To borrow a line from one of my favourite Shakespearean plays, Macbeth, “So fair and foul a day I have not seen.”

It is fair because the newspaper I subscribe to and heartily endorse, The Toronto Star, has achieved a victory whose significance cannot be overestimated. Thanks to its investigative series into Health Canada’s scandalous and potentially life-threatening negligence in overseeing drug safety, Health Minister Rona Ambrose, has finally acted: Health Canada has banned the import of all drugs and drug ingredients made by two Apotex factories in Bangalore, India, with Health Minister Rona Ambrose saying Tuesday (Read more…)

Babel-on-the-Bay: As the horses are in the final turn.

This is stupid. The law has got to let us run a totalizator on the Toronto election. We could put it on the tote out at Woodbine when there are no ponies running. Punters could check the action on the 24-hour news channels. Here it is October 1 and the candidates are in the final turn. The Toronto mayoralty race alone could make a million bucks either for charity or the government coffers.

From here on the candidates are pounding down the straight-away. The dirt is flying from steel clad feet. The jockeys in campaigning colors are urging on their (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Abdul Abiad, David Furceri and Petia Topalova highlight the IMF’s research confirming that well-planned infrastructure spending offers an economic boost in both the short and long term: (I)ncreased public infrastructure investment raises output in the short term by boosting demand and in the long term by raising the economy’s productive capacity.

In a sample of advanced economies, an increase of 1 percentage point of GDP in investment spending raises the level of output by about 0.4 percent in the same year and by 1.5 percent four years after the increase (see chart, (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Democracy Interrupted: How Jumbo Glacier Resort Became a Municipality With No Residents

Democracy has been ignored, wishes of local residents disregarded and taxpayers are on the hook for costs associated with a private company’s real estate deal that will give them access to thousands of acres of Crown land, say Kootenay residents and politicians opposed to plans to build a billion-dollar ski resort deep within the Purcell Mountains.

The 24-year history of Jumbo Glacier Resort is marked by controversy and breathtaking departures from usual government process. As the deadline approaches for the province to decide whether to finally approve an Environmental Assessment Certificate, feelings in nearby communities remain raw.

In Invermere, the closest community (Read more…)

Northern Reflections: Insincere Sincerity


Michael den Tandt writes that the apology Sun News issued this week to Justin Trudeau will go down in  history as a superb example of  insincere sincerity:

Having first suggested last week that Levant is not really a Sun News journalist, but rather a mere comment contributor, the network saw fit to broadcast its mea culpa via a voiced segment, in vintage newscaster baritone, that aired just before Levant’s regular Monday evening spot. The host (Read more…)

Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter for Wednesday, October 1, 2014: The challenges of Luka Magnotta’s ‘not criminally responsible’ defence Ontario Labour Ministry blitz finds 42% of companies with interns break law Supreme Court of Canada Hearings Calendar for October 2014 Wrongly labeled a porn star by DJs, former 1L is awarded $1M in suit against radio station McGill football coach quits in protest over school’s reaction to domestic assault charges against player Same-sex US spouses face extra legal hurdles in divorces and custody matters Judge rules that Colorado theater shooting suspect’s trial can be (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Wise Law Blog: 140 Law – Legal Headlines for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dead Wild Roses: Canada’s Liberal Party Gets One Thing Right – They Are Unabashedly Pro-Choice

Conservative media has attempted to portray the notion of women as autonomous human beings as “radical”.

The recently decimated Liberal Party is stirring back to life with the election of a new Leader. Justin Trudeau has decreed that his MP’s will vote pro-choice, no exceptions.

The woolly anti-choicers that still remain within the party, or loosely affiliated, have recently penned an open letter to Mr.Trudeau about his policy.

“How can such a discriminatory policy serve the democratic ideals of our great nation?” wrote the ex-MPs, many of whom are known for being outspoken on socially conservative issues.

Actually (Read more…)

DeSmogBlog: Did David Cameron Forget Climate Change Section in His Leader’s Speech?

David Cameron warned the Conservative party conference in his barnstorming speech that “the dangers of climate change are stark and very real” and “if we don’t act now, and act quickly, we could face disaster.”

This was, however, during his speech before delegates in Manchester in 2009, as the party readied itself for the 2010 general election when the arch-moderniser was promising voters they could “vote blue, go green.”

Today, in Birmingham, speaking under the banner Securing A Better Future, it appears that the Conservative leader had forgotten the sections of his speech where he evoked chaotic climate (Read more…)

Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Plato’s Apology

Plato records the trial and death of Socrates in four dialogues: Euthyphro, Apology, Crito and Phaedo. I’ve been reading The Apology this week and finding in it references that reflect well in today’s world, particularly in politics.* In The Apology – which meant defence in Greek, not saying sorry as it does today – Socrates defends […]

Montreal Simon: The Silence of Ezra Levant and the PMO Network

Well I see Ezra Levant is keeping a low profile, and remaining unusually silent.After being spanked by his bosses at Sun News, with a soft fluffy feather. Even as critics call for Levant to make a personal apology for a monologue that included calling the late Pierre Trudeau a “slut,” the host of Sun News Network’s The Source declined to answer the Star’s questions when reached by email Tuesday morning, and again in person later in the afternoon as he was leaving the network’s downtown Toronto studios. “My comments are that I have no comment,” said Levant, (Read more…)

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Road to War

I have no idea which voice in his head was commanding him, but it was a very different Stephen Harper who turned up in the House of Commons today. An unusually subdued version.He reached out to the opposition, answered their questions politely, instead of mocking them, or setting his howling Con jackals on them.But the essential message remained the same: He will lead us into a war he calls both noble and necessary. Read more »

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Usual Suspects #nlpoli

The Conservatives who said Premier Paul Davis was going to doing nothing more than shuffle the cabinet that was already there got it absolutely right.

On Tuesday,  Davis announced his new cabinet and the names and jobs are all very familiar.  To give the illusion of change, Davis re-organized a couple of the portfolios and gave them some new names but basically, there are no changes of direction in the bunch.

Everyone noticed that Davis rewarded Steve Kent for his support leading up to and during the leadership convention.  Kent got the biggest portfolio – health – and will be the deputy premier and minister responsible for the Office of Public Engagement.

They also noticed the political unknown Davis found to take over the renamed justice portfolio.  The new minister, the unelected Judy Manning isn’t news on her own. Calling the department of police, prisons, and fire trucks the ministry . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Usual Suspects #nlpoli

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Moby Dick, The Manufactured Man, and the Fate of Humankind

“The permanent constitutional condition of the manufactured man … is sordidness.” So says Captain Ahab of Moby Dick. And Melville was right. This is what we are fighting. We are fighting the manufactured condition of man, and attempting to regain our true nature. That is not romanticism by the way, but an expression of the […]

Cathie from Canada: Field of dreams

Loved watching tonight’s ball game. There is no game but baseball where the team that wants it more can come back to win, even against a better opponent.

KC may not get very far against the LA Angels, but you never know.

DeSmogBlog: Lawson Becomes Chancellor – Attacks Miners, Sells Coal, Oil and Gas

Lord Lawson created Britain’s privatised energy industry. Some argue that he supports their interests by denying the need for robust climate change policies. But he didn’t support everyone who worked for coal, oil and gas companies. Even back then.

The general election of June 1983 was a landslide for the Tories and landed Thatcher an increased mandate for her free market reign. “Margaret unexpectedly offered me the chancellorship,” Nigel Lawson recalled.

Lawson’s first appearance at the dispatch box brought with it promises of further tax cuts and an attack on public services—and he also tried to sneak through the sale of £500 (Read more…) BREAKING: Government shamelessly moves to cut short debate on Peter MacKay’s unpopular and unconstitutional Online Spying Bill C-13


Radio ads set to air in MacKay’s riding, as Gov’t prepares to ram Bill C-13 through House of Commons, despite opposition from tens of thousands of Canadians and a Supreme Court ruling that warrantless disclosures are unconstitutional

September 30, 2014 – The government looks set to ram Peter MacKay’s highly unpopular Online Spying Bill C-13 through the House of Commons tomorrow. MPs are set to debate the Bill shortly after 3pm EST. The government has moved a time allocation motion that would cut short debate and deny MPs the ability to fully discuss the implications of the Supreme (Read more…)