Cowichan Conversations: Bernie Sanders Rallies Thousands In The Rain At Seattle’s Key Arena

It has been surreal watching the US media pandering to Donald Trump and lionizing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Bernie Sanders has been almost entirely ignored, especially by Fox and CNN but the other networks Read more…

Alberta Politics: NDP to release new energy royalty framework at week’s end – brace yourself for Apocalypse Friday!

PHOTOS: The next Apocalypse is scheduled for Friday morning. There will be an embargoed media briefing first. Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Wildrose Leader Brian Jean and Royalty Review Advisory Panel Chair Dave Mowat. Brace yourself for a storm of hostility from many of the usual suspects on Friday when Premier Rachel Notley finally releases ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta’s climate-change strategy: Rachel Notley builds a coalition of big business, environmentalists and civil society

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley with leaders of the remarkable coalition on climate change her NDP government has built (Government of Alberta Photo). Below: Brian Jean, Alberta’s complaint-of-the-day Opposition leader; Gary Doer, three-term NDP premier of Manitoba; and former U.S. vice-president and environmental leader Al Gore. Finding a balance between effective action on climate change ...

CuriosityCat: The crumbling e-mail defences of Hillary Clinton & of her presidential hopes

And with them goes the crumbling of her chances of being president. A slightly desperate section of the Democratic Party senses blood in the water from her self-inflicted wounds, and is searching for a new candidate. Even Joe Biden, two-time runner and tied closely to President Obama’s administration, is being touted as a possible. What ...

350 or bust: Saturday At The Movies

Alberta Diary: Small changes may signal glimmer of awareness of trouble ahead among rank and file Tory MLAs

Members of Alison Redford’s brain trust plan the latest hashtags in the Twitter war with AUPE …  No! Wait! That’s Bob MacNamara telling LBJ about his plans for the war in Vietnam! What the hey? Below: That rude info-graphic; Red House Chief of Staff Farouk Adatia; White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Opposition political ...

Alberta Diary: The ‘Petroleum Party’ in full cry about Neil Young: what are they afraid of? Not what Northwestern Alberta doctors fear

Neil Young: Giving as good as he’s been getting during an all-out attack by the Petroleum Party. Below: Dr. John O’Connor, vilified by the hirelings, toadies and pet legislators of the petroleum industry; Edmonton Journal reporter Sheila Pratt. Here in Alberta, the Petroleum Party dominates everything – the federal government, the provincial government, the government ...

Politics and its Discontents: Is Pierre Poilivre Related To Joe Oliver?

They certainly seem to be singing from the same hymn book. Orwellian and hypocritical are inadequate descriptors of this little twit: And speaking of Orwellian, how else might one describe the “Working Families Flexibility Act?” The Harperites must be salivating. Recommend this Post

350 or bust: Al Gore Riffs On Climate Reality

If you missed Climate Reality’s recent 24 hour marathon focused on the link between dirty weather and dirty energy, here’s one of the videos,  a fun “symphony of science” auto-tuned compilation featuring Al Gore and climate science: A musical creation about the reality of global climate change from the live broadcast of 24 Hours of ...

DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?

Red Leaf EcoShale.png At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, former Vice President Al Gore called the possibility of fossil fuel corporations extracting oil shale "utter insanity."  Insanity, though, doesn't serve as a hinderance for deeply entrenched and powerful fossil fuel interests. Oil shale, also known as kerogen, should not be confused with shale gas or shale oil, ...

DeSmogBlog: What To Expect When You’re Electing: President Barack Obama

President_Official_Portrait_HiRes.jpg Part 3 in a series, see Part 1 and Part 2. Perhaps more than any other sitting U.S. President, Barack Obama has been Commander in Chief through some of the most obvious examples of what climate change will do to America. The last few weeks alone have given us severe droughts in some areas ...

DeSmogBlog: S.E. Cupp Attacks Climate Science and Climate Scientists on MSNBC

Yesterday, I appeared on MSNBC’s Now with Alex Wagner to talk about The Republican Brain. It was largely an interview about what’s going on with conservatives and science right now—why they distrust it so much—but S.E. Cupp, the conservative on the panel, called my argument “infuriating.” Then, she proceeded to attack climate science and the researchers ...

DeSmogBlog: "Doubt" Video On Fossil Fuel Industry’s Tobacco PR Tactics To Undermine Science

doubt.jpg In case you didn't manage to catch all 24 hours of the Climate Reality Project (I mean, what the heck else were you doing?), I wanted to flag this one video for you, as it's particularly germane to the ongoing coverage here at DeSmogBlog. It's called "Doubt," and it's about how the fossil fuel industry ...

350 or bust: It’s Time For the Silent Majority To Speak Up, The Eyes Of The Future Are On Us

As part of the 24 Hours of Climate Reality, this video was put together to remind us – parents, children, young adults, grandparents concerned about the environmental crisis our world is facing – that the voice of the people is the strongest thing, stronger than any other special interest or power, and that when people ...

openalex: Climate Reality

I should confess that when it first came out, I dozed off during the Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth.  That’s not the kind of admission you’d expect from someone who spends their days (and many nights) working on urban climate policies. But, influential as it was, there just seemed to be something missing from that ...

350 or bust: Climate Denial Hits the Fan

Al Gore’s 24 hours of Climate Reality has been running online since 7:00 pm yesterday. If you  haven’t had a chance to tune in yet, there’s still time to tune in for a good dose of climate reality, as well as a good look at the climate deniers and their spin, and real answers to ...

DeSmogBlog: Want to Sway Climate Change Skeptics? Ask About Their Personal Strengths (And Show Pictures!)

509983main_adjusted_annual_temperature_anomalies_final.gif Readers of my posts over the last half year will be familiar with the phenomenon of motivated reasoning, in which people’s subconscious emotional impulses lead them to respond, in a biased way, to information that challenges their deeply held beliefs and worldviews. We’ve been focusing on this so much because I believe it explains ...

DeSmogBlog: Watch the Climate Reality Project on Wednesday at 7:00 PM Your Time

al-gore-reality-project.jpg 7:00 PM on Wednesday, your time, marks the commencement of the Al Gore-led Climate Reality Project.  A live webcast that will last one hour, the Project was announced by Gore in July and calls for a sobering discussion about the reality of climate change and the effects it is having in communities and ecosystems ...

350 or bust: What Can Change In A Day?

In the Climate Reality Project, Al Gore answers the question, “What Can Change In a Day?”. A whole lot, it turns out – just ask the people living on the Susquehanna River last week when Tropical Storm Lee hit then and displaced them, or the folks in New Orleans about Hurricane Katrina, or the people ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: John Stossel Tells EPA To Pack Up Shop

john stossel.jpg Fox News host John Stossel says that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has passed its prime, and is no longer useful. After the Obama Administration last week overruled the EPA’s smog regulations, Stossel took to the airwaves on the Fox Business Channel to tell us that the EPA is no longer a worthwhile ...

Subliminal message in background of Al Gore interview? Bonus: Fox News North Elvis impersonator FAIL.

Love ya Al, but the background? Watch the Fox News North snippet of the interview. Brian ‘The 50’s worked for Elvis, why not for me’ Lilley thinks Al Gore is comparing Climate Change deniers with racists, a meme he no doubt picked up from the far right blogs making the same wildly inaccurate charge.

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Say Brother, Can You Share My Logic? The Climate Debate and “Talking Past Each Other”

al_gore_i_an_inconv_100607o (1).jpg I’ve previously written about University of Michigan business professor Andrew Hoffman’s insightful work on the underlying motivations behind climate skepticism. Now, I’ve come across a more detailed recent paper, in Organization and Environment, that advances the case. Hoffman’s strategy this time is to examine newspaper editorials, op-eds, and letters to the editor from both ...

Politics and its Discontents: Critical Thinking: The Assault On Reason

The following is a review I wrote about four years ago of Al Gore’s book, The Assault on Reason, a work that addresses many of the problems arising when the populace at large lacks the capacity for critical thought. Although geared to an American audience, Gore’s points are universally applicable, and especially germane to my ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Al Gore Roasts Obama Over Climate Position

GORE2.jpg In a scorching, 7000-word article in the coming issue of Rolling Stone, Al Gore savages mainstream media for its incompetent reporting of climate change and roasts President Barack Obama for failing to advance policies against global warming any more quickly than his woeful predecessor. Gore is clear, quotable and uncompromising in stating his own ...