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The Canadian Progressive: Canadian common sense: Fee-and-dividend petition e-297 grabs James Hansen’s attention

In a blog post published Monday, the former NASA scientist applauded petition e-297, a new petition that’s urging the House of Commons to steer Canada away from fossil fuels. The post Canadian common sense: Fee-and-dividend petition e-297 grabs James H… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian common sense: Fee-and-dividend petition e-297 grabs James Hansen’s attention

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines

On Wednesday, over 40 Canadian groups wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal cabinet and urged them to reject the pressure to champion the expansion of tar sands operations and pipelines. The post Trudeau urged to reject pressure to ch… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines

Bill Longstaff: A green NAFTA? Is it possible?

It isn’t much but it’s promising. Last Friday, Canada, the United States and Mexico signed a memorandum of understanding that could lead to a North American accord on climate change and clean energy. According to the CBC story, "This essentially kickstarts the detailed, behind the scenes work needed for a continent-wide agreement that will enable all three countries to work together on clean . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: A green NAFTA? Is it possible?

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Environmentalists expect a renewed relationship with Trudeau government

Persecuted during Harper’s divisive politics, Canada’s environmentalists look forward to a renewed relationship with the Justin Trudeau federal government, says David Suzuki.

The post David Suzuki: Environmentalists expect a renewed relationship with Trudeau government appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Bill Longstaff: Albertans support stronger climate change policies

A recent survey by EKOS Research Associates commissioned by the Pembina Institute reveals that Albertans’ attitudes about energy and climate change are more progressive than many think.

For example, 50 per cent of Albertans support a carbon tax that applies to all polluters, both companies and individuals (38 per cent oppose the tax). Support rises . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Albertans support stronger climate change policies

350 or bust: The Time Is Now

In the United States, the transition to a clean energy economy is already underway. Climate-concerned citizens are calling on candidates in next year’s federal election to show their plan to power the country with 50% clean energy by 2030. The time for a job-creating, climate-stabilizing clean energy revolution is NOW. * Go to https://nextgenclimate.org/ to . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The Time Is Now

Progressive Proselytizing: Taking the HST off hydro is bad policy, if good politics

One of the signature campaign planks for the NDP in the 2014 Ontario Election is to remove the HST from our hydro bills, saving perhaps $120 a year for average families. The motivation behind this – reducing the cost to average families – is reasonable and will undoubtedly be a persuasive policy plank in . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Taking the HST off hydro is bad policy, if good politics

Bill Longstaff: The West Coast steps up on global warming

Earlier this week, the governors of California, Oregon and Washington and B.C. Premier Christy Clark announced their Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, “committing their governments, and a region that represents the world’s fifth largest economy, to a comprehensive and far-reaching strategic alignment to combat climate change and promote clean energy.”

The plan . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: The West Coast steps up on global warming

The Canadian Progressive: Republicans sacrifice environment to spite Obama, says Rachel Maddow [VIDEO]

In the aftermath of another fossil-fuel-related disaster, TV host and political commentator, Rachel Maddow, says House Republicans are sacrificing the environment and resisting President Obama’s clean energy alternatives.

The post Republicans sacrifice environment to spite Obama, says Rachel Maddow [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Clean energy progress too slow to limit climate change, says report

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: An annual report by International Energy Agency (IEA) says the development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit climate change. “The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled,” said aid Maria van der Hoeven, the IEA’s executive director, during the presentation of the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Clean energy progress too slow to limit climate change, says report

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio April 11, 2013: Our 50th show! EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

Download: earthgauge-podcast-april11-2013.mp3

This week marks our 50th program since Earthgauge Radio was launched in the fall of 2011! So we’re celebrating a big milestone today and are sending out our thanks to all the guests we’ve had in the past year and a half, the numerous people who have contributed to . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio April 11, 2013: Our 50th show! EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio this week: EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

On Earthgauge Radio this week, Xerez Bridglall will bring us her interview with two Carleton University undergraduate students who participated in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) program this year. ASB is an immersive year-long program that culminates with a week of cultural exchange and community service over reading week in February. Mario Pizzuto and Megan . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: EG Radio this week: EcoBricks, Ontario Home Comfort and Rachel Carson

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: 10 KXL Amendment Co-Sponsors Took $8 Million from Fossil Fuel Industry

Average KXL Amendment Co-Sponsor has Taken 2.5 Times More Money from Industry Than Non-Sponsors, New Research Shows By: Oil Change International | Press Release: WASHINGTON – New research from Oil Change International today (March 22) found that the 10 Senators co-sponsoring the pro- Keystone XL Pipeline Amendment (Hoeven Amendment 494) in the Senate […]

The . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: 10 KXL Amendment Co-Sponsors Took $8 Million from Fossil Fuel Industry

The Canadian Progressive: Federal Budget 2013 missed opportunity to invest in clean energy, says Pembina Institute

By: Pembina Institute | Press Release: OTTAWA — Clare Demerse, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today following the release of the 2013 federal budget: “Jim Flaherty delivered his eighth budget at a time when the federal government’s track record on the environment and climate change is under heightened scrutiny, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Federal Budget 2013 missed opportunity to invest in clean energy, says Pembina Institute

350 or bust: A Fork In the Road

“Transition to a post-fossil fuel world of clean energies will not occur as long as fossil fuels are the cheapest energy. Fossil fuels are cheap only because they are subsidized and do not pay their costs to society. Air and water pollution from fossil fuel extraction and use have high costs in human health, food . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: A Fork In the Road

The Canadian Progressive: Climate Action Now!: #ForwardOnClimate Rally in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17th

via Sierra Club: Crippling drought. Devastating wildfires. Superstorm Sandy. Climate has come home — and the American people get it. What: The largest climate rally in U.S. history. When: February 17, 2013, Noon – 4:00 p.m. (please arrive by 11:30 a.m.) Where: The National Mall in Washington, D.C. Gather at the northeast corner of the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Climate Action Now!: #ForwardOnClimate Rally in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 17th

Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio December 6 2012: Over the climate cliff! Special program on the Doha Climate Change Conference

Download: earthgauge-podcast-dec6-2012.mp3

This week on Earthgauge Radio, it’s our Doha Climate Change Conference special broadcast. We have several features on the program today:

On the ground reporting and news from the Doha summit courtesy of Deutsche Welle Living Planet An interview from Doha with Beatrice Yeung who is attending the conference on . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Earthgauge Radio December 6 2012: Over the climate cliff! Special program on the Doha Climate Change Conference

Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: 24 hours of Climate Reality and the International Year of Cooperatives

On Earthgauge Radio this week, we speak with Donna Balkin of the Canadian Co-operative Association about the U.N. International Year of Co-operatives and why the co-op model places environmental values at the core of its business. We’ll also be talking about last week’s 24 hours of Climate Reality, in which millions of people tuned in […] . . . → Read More: Earthgauge Radio: Tomorrow on Earthgauge Radio: 24 hours of Climate Reality and the International Year of Cooperatives

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

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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 . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?

earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 28, 2012: Rio +20 Earth Summit in review and the Emerald Ash Borer beetle

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On Earthgauge Radio this week, we take a look at the recently concluded Rio +20 Earth Summit and we discuss Ottawa’s Emerald . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 28, 2012: Rio +20 Earth Summit in review and the Emerald Ash Borer beetle

earthgauge: New Josh Fox Film “The Sky Is Pink” Reveals Fracking Contamination

Check out the latest ant-fracking film from Josh Fox (the maker of Gasland) called The Sky is Pink, which is being called “the best 18 minute movie ever made.”

But “The Sky Is Pink” cites damning evidence that safe fracking is a contradiction in terms. The gas industry’s own documents and case studies show . . . → Read More: earthgauge: New Josh Fox Film “The Sky Is Pink” Reveals Fracking Contamination

earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 21, 2012: Solar power to the people!

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On Earthgauge Radio this week, I have a special program on the coming solar power revolution.

Have you ever thought about . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 21, 2012: Solar power to the people!

earthgauge: Special program dedicated to solar energy on tomorrow’s edition of Earthgauge Radio

On Earthgauge Radio this week (7:00-8:00 AM on CKCU radio 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online at www.ckcufm.com), I’m presenting a special program on the coming solar power revolution.

Ever thought about installing solar panels on your roof or, if you don’t have a roof, what about investing in solar energy?

If the answer is . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Special program dedicated to solar energy on tomorrow’s edition of Earthgauge Radio

earthgauge: Can we “green” the tar sands? The Energy Conversation Canada Needs

For anyone interested in the tar sands “debate” – and this should include all of us as it is really a debate about our collective energy future – you will want to keep an eye on a new investigative reporting series being produced by The Tyee.

Under the general heading of “Canada’s Transition to a . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Can we “green” the tar sands? The Energy Conversation Canada Needs

earthgauge: Interview with Charles Hodgson of Ecology Ottawa on the City of Ottawa Greenhouse Gas Inventory

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Click the audio player to hear my interview with Charles Hodgson of Ecology Ottawa who produces the excellent blog climateottawa.ca. Right click . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Interview with Charles Hodgson of Ecology Ottawa on the City of Ottawa Greenhouse Gas Inventory