Climate change deniers are science deniers.
That makes them either stupid, or so incredibly biased/conflicted that they are willing to ignore science and dodge accusations of their own stupidity to accomplish some other goal.
In BC we are producing oil, gas and coal and stunningly stupid rates, only to go up in the future.
Our corporate media is spewing this “false balance” at us. Journalists who deny the scientific truth of climate change should be fired. But corporate media want to keep them on.
We need to continually inoculate our against this wilful ignorance.
February 5, 2014 The Media Corruption (Read more…)
Cue sweet new day[tm] political campaign music, invoking images of a unicorn flying over our quaint village, then Robert Redford in voiceover:
“LNG will be a $ trillion sector, reaping billions in revenue for the province [due to some kind of gruelling tax regime] so we can become debt-free, and pay for the best public services in the solar system, and bring trade junkets to the Golden Temple of Amritsar thrice yearly!”
Cue Law and Order “Bum Bum” loop:
After months of delays, release the actual tax rates. [Place face in palm, in advance.]
It will never be (Read more…)
Mark Carney in Davos, Switzerland, 2010 (Photo: Wikipedia)
Read this Oct. 13 story in The Guardian about Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s decision to join a growing list of global economic leaders suggesting that the world needs to transition away from fossil fuels in order to mitigate the effects of climate change.
The governor of the Bank of England has reiterated his warning that fossil fuel companies cannot burn all of their reserves if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, and called for investors to consider the long-term impacts of their decisions.
According to reports, Carney (Read more…)
Once upon a time, I rode the maglev at the Japan pavilion at Expo 86.
Since then, I’ve come to see that that was the Commodore Vic 20 of high speed travel. What’s the new standard? ET3.
So if you’ve been having a hard time imagining a post-carbon transportation system that would run on the electricity we’d glean from the wind and the sun, and cost about as much as one year of Air Canada’s gross revenue [$12.4 billion in 2013], start grinning when you read the quote at the bottom.
We could even fund it federally with a (Read more…)
Start with an oil spill apologist/minimizer. Work with the twisted logic that since all ships and oil tankers don’t crash all the time, any concern over one that might [and our government's pathetic incompetence in prevention and disaster-aversion] is eco-hysteria. Pay any attention to and RT anything Ayn Rand. Then spot allied apologists.
Then follow the timelines:
[Timeliness note: as of 115pm, the third tow line on the Simushir snapped, so nothing's safe yet.]
Here's a real crude tanker, off Victoria Golf Course, carrying Alaska crude so no story #haidagwaii pic.twitter.com/04bOWy5xCo
— Tom Fletcher (@tomfletcherbc) October 18, (Read more…)
$1/day is a good start to get there.
It’s good for the environment. It reduces commuter stress. It forces governments to increase progressive taxation to cover infrastructure costs. It uses BC’s cheap hydro electricity. It combats rampant zombie consumerism. The post-secondary UPass system has improved commuting incredibly.
So $1/day is a good start to get there:
Mayoral candidate Meena Wong of COPE launched another populist proposal Wednesday, calling for a universal transit program that would cost each of Vancouver’s citizens $1 per day.
– from Universal transit in Vancouver for $1 a day, pitches mayoral candidate July 9, 2014 How (Read more…)
It doesn’t matter that she hasn’t read Naomi Klein’s new book about climate change.
It doesn’t matter because the internet of things.
It doesn’t matter because most of what’s important in the world is in the comment section of news stories, not the stories themselves. We all know journalists are biased anyways.
She is a public intellectual and deserving of respect. Maybe you’re all just jealous. Or lazy.
Look, it’s easy:
Stephen Harper wrote a book about hockey in Canada, A Greater Game. It’s a sociological book about hockey’s place in our culture. It doesn’t matter that Stephen Harper doesn’t (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Michael Rozworski observes that the NDP’s $15 per day national child care plan has irritated all the right people – while still leaving ample room for improvement in the long run once the first pieces are in place. And PressProgress notes that the Cons’ opposition to the plan is based squarely on their view that women fail to raise their own children if they have either careers or care support.
- Meanwhile, Simon Enoch, Canadian Doctors for Medicare and the Saskatchewan NDP caucus are all rightly critical of Brad Wall’s attempt to (Read more…)
[I was finishing my presentation to the BC government Finance Committee for their 2015 budget the other day. Now Simushir has begun to threaten ecological disaster. That puts a new context in here as I submit my ideas today. I'm very concerned about the next few hours, weeks and decades.]
BC Must Take the Lead in Building the Post-Carbon Energy Infrastructure
On this final day of the 2015 budget submission, the Simushir is adrift off Haida Gwaii and may create Canada’s first massive oil ecological disaster. This should frame our discussion about energy, climate change and the environment, and (Read more…)
The American Republican Party is a major obstacle to the United States acting responsibly on climate change. In the manner of our federal government, they do not allow science to interfere with their dogma. But while they have little use for science, they are great admirers of the military, so is it possible they will start listening to the Pentagon when it comes to climate change?
Neil Young has just written the anthem for the climate movement. The chorus is: Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth? Who’s gonna say that she’s had enough? Who’s gonna stand up and take on the big machine? Who’s gonna stand up and save the earth. This all starts with you and me. * […]
We are currently receiving a three-month free subscription to The Globe and Mail, a paper I supported for many years until it returned to its largely right-wing nature after vanquishing its putative competition, The National Post, and jettisoning many of its finer writers. At least getting it free for this period allows me unimpeded access to the front section of my paper of choice, The Toronto Star, since my wife very generously reads the Globe at the breakfast table.
When the free subscription period ends, I shall not continue with the Globe, as my wife and I are clearly not (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- The Star points out what the Cons have destroyed – including public assets and program spending – in order to chip away at the federal deficit caused in the first place by their reckless tax slashing. And Thomas Walkom discusses how their latest “job” scheme does nothing but handing free money to businesses, while Angella MacEwen notes that Canada as a whole is hundreds of thousands of jobs short of reaching its pre-recession employment rate.
- Meanwhile, Bruce Cheadle writes that the Cons’ attempt to build an economy solely around resource exploitation has (Read more…)
This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Adam Lent highlights the strong majority of respondents in the UK who see the political system as serving the powerful rather than the public. And Elizabeth Warren explains why the same conclusion applies in the U.S., while making the case that there’s room to improve matters simply by emphasizing the choices voters face: The system is rigged. And now that I’ve been in Washington and seen it up close and personal, I just see new ways in which that happens. But we have to stop and back up, and you (Read more…)
With every day that passes, the devastating consequences of climate change become more obvious and more alarming.The galloping horsemen or signs of the impending apocalypse. Flooding, famine, disease and war to name but a few.Only to be joined by the latest one: the fish are swimming towards the poles. Read more »
Grist.org scribe David Roberts observes the GOP is beginning to wobble on climate change. He says this may be the time to ramp up the pressure on the Right.
In the following passages, I’ve replaced Roberts’ references to GOP or Republicans with “Conservative” or “Tory.” It still seems to make sense.
I have said before, the Conservative position on climate is unstable, both intellectually and politically. You can’t credibly deny the science at this point, but if you accept it, “do nothing about it” is an incoherent response. They’ve only gotten away with it for this long (Read more…) . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Has the Worm Turned? Are Conservatives Beginning to Fold on Climate Change?
It’s one of the grand old English-language papers in Canada, the Montreal Gazette, and its editorial board has had enough of waiting for the Harper regime to act on the threats Canada faces from climate change.
Many of the arguments the government employed in favour of sending war planes to northern Iraq also apply to the necessity of acting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: climate change is a growing threat to global peace and security; only through international cooperation will the emergency be brought under control; Canada would be an freeloader if it failed to do its part in the (Read more…)
Thursday, October 9, 2014
I’m pleased to announce the release of a major new report – Payback Time? – What the internationalization of climate litigation could mean for Canadian oil and gas companies. While we, and others, have written about climate damages litigation in Canada, Payback Time emphasizes that what happens in Canada is only part of the picture. Climate change is international, and there is good reason to believe that someone who suffers climate damages in, say, Bangladesh, could bring a lawsuit against Canadian, U.S. and European companies in the Bangladeshi courts. The real risk to Canadian companies (Read more…)
According to Analytica Advisors, the global demand for clean energy technology was estimated at $1.1 trillion in 2012 and projected to grow to $2.5 trillion by 2022. It also estimates that the cleantech industry in Canada grew nine per cent in 2012. In the same period, the mining, oil and gas sectors grew by only 0.3 per cent.
In B.C., Globe Advisors found the cleantech industry was responsible for 123,000 jobs and $15 billion in GDP in 2012. In Vancouver, green jobs increased by almost 20 per cent between 2010 and 2013, with (Read more…)
Please regard this only as a rare anomaly of nature, totally unrelated to the propaganda about climate change being promulgated by enemies of your goverment.- The Harper Regime.
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My money is on environment watchdog Julie Gelfand. Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq’s parliamentary assistant, Colin Carrie? Not so much:
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