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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall’s Faulty Logic

“Showing leadership matters, signals matter, examples matter, but the numbers are the numbers,” Wall said. Essentially, Wall appears to be suggesting that because no single action by itself will solve the problem, we shouldn’t take that single action. Applying this logic to other situations reveals just how faulty it is. When China surpasses the amount & proportion […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Wall’s Faulty Logic

The Progressive Economics Forum: Political Reality and Climate Policy: A Response to Mark Jaccard

Mark Jaccard’s article in Policy Options has generated a lot of interest. It is a provocative article that challenges the economic orthodoxy that prioritizes carbon pricing above all else. Jaccard calls for a host of “smart” regulations that progressively introduce zero-emission technologies within specific sectors such as vehicles, electricity, housing, and appliances. “Political reality” is […] . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Political Reality and Climate Policy: A Response to Mark Jaccard

Alberta Politics: Go figure! Jim Prentice, failed former politician, resurfaces with sweet gig at Washington think tank

PHOTOS: Those were the days! This time last year, Jim Prentice was everyone else’s favourite Albertan, or so it seemed. Now look at him, already the last Conservative premier of Alberta. Below: Woodrow Wilson, the only American president with a PhD a… . . . → Read More: Alberta Politics: Go figure! Jim Prentice, failed former politician, resurfaces with sweet gig at Washington think tank

Politics and its Discontents: Magical Thinking, No; Progress, Yes

As every critically-aware person well knows, we are facing some pretty daunting challenges; the most pressing is clearly climate change, more urgent with each passing day as we are regularly reminded of the ravages it is wreaking around the world. Resp… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Magical Thinking, No; Progress, Yes

Politics and its Discontents: Some Americans Sure Do Love Their Ignorance

Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz says we should follow the scientific evidence about climate change, and then goes on to ignore it with confabulation and obfuscation. In Cruz world, it is all just a cover for the government’s desire to have tot… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Some Americans Sure Do Love Their Ignorance

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Little Killer

When most people think of climate change they probably think of images like this one.A scorched earth, starving people, and wars over water.But when I think of climate change I also think of this little killer.Read more » . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Little Killer

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Ben Oquist laments the fact that trickle-down economics and destructive austerity remain the norm in Australia no matter how thoroughly they’re proven to fail. Alvin Powell discusses the burgeoning inequality of oppo… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Politics, Re-Spun: Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

Clinton breathed a sigh of relief and spun the result: thanks for the “win.” This was no win. Despite the massive corporate media campaign to ignore Sanders, he did exceptionally well because he resonates with actual people. Democratic Results in Iowa » Pct. Delegates Hillary Clinton 49.9% 22 Bernie Sanders 49.6 21 Martin O’Malley … Continue reading Sanders’ Iowa “Win” and Clinton’s Entitlement

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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- Rachel Bryce, Cristina Blanco Iglesias, Ashley Pullman and Anastasia Rogova examine the effect of inequality on education in Canada. And John McMurtry comments on the increasing hoarding of wealth and the lack of any… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Environmental Law Alert Blog: TransCanada’s NAFTA claims are based on the old normal

Thursday, January 28, 2016 Earlier this month TransCanada announced that it would be claiming comp… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: TransCanada’s NAFTA claims are based on the old normal

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Ed Miliband offers his take on inequality and the political steps needed to combat it:(T)he terms of the case against inequality have changed. I have always believed that inequality divides people, deprives ma… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

For ages now Canadians have been conditioned to accept that we “need” more pipelines to move more oil. Otherwise we’ll continue to exhaust train crews and have bombtrains in every town. Canadian oil production to keep rising even if pipelines not approved: National Energy Board https://t.co/Sa4Me2FjDR #business — Regina Leader Post (@leaderpost) January 27, 2016 […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

Politics and its Discontents: "The Ocean, If It Wants Us, It’ll Come And Take Us"

So says a bemused victim of climate change in California. Jaw-dropping and chilling is how I would describe this, yet another reminder of our powerlessness in the face of nature:Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: "The Ocean, If It Wants Us, It’ll Come And Take Us"

Politics and its Discontents: Forget What Your Grandparents Told You

…. about going through five-foot drifts of snow as they walked ten miles to school. They never had to deal with conditions like this:Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Forget What Your Grandparents Told You

Politics and its Discontents: A Graphic Illustration Of Humanity’s Hubris

People of a certain age will remember the commercial with the tagline, “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.” Heedless of that warning, that’s exactly what we continue to think we can do, despite all of the evidence to the contrary. Some will take fals… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Graphic Illustration Of Humanity’s Hubris

Things Are Good: Putting CO2 Emissions on a Map

In the fight to curb CO2 emissions and hold back the rate of increasing climate change, researches have mapped out where the emissions are coming from. Unsurprisingly, they have found that where there is a lot of human activity there are more emissions. This will help convince naysayers and ignoramuses that humans are at fault […]

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Michal Rozworski: Podcast: The return of the modernist left

  In the past few years, what has been loosely called the modernist left has seen some revival. Whether coming out of the ultimate failures of the Occupy movement, dissatisfaction with moralistic lifestyle politics or an attempt to analyze the current conundrum of moribound but hegemonic capitalism, some have returned to the idea of the […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: The return of the modernist left

Michal Rozworski: Podcast: The return of the modernist left

  In the past few years, what has been loosely called the modernist left has seen some revival. Whether coming out of the ultimate failures of the Occupy movement, dissatisfaction with moralistic lifestyle politics or an attempt to analyze the current conundrum of moribound but hegemonic capitalism, some have returned to the idea of the […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Podcast: The return of the modernist left

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Demand a Carbon Budget to trim Canada’s Climate Deficit

Monday, January 18, 2016 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to sit down with premiers &ldq… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Demand a Carbon Budget to trim Canada’s Climate Deficit

350 or bust: 350orbust: Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

For those of you who have been faithful followers of my blog since it started in 2009, for my most recent followers, and for everyone in between, it’s time to make it official: I will not be blogging at 350orbust.com any longer. Although I did sa… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: 350orbust: Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Errol Mendes points out that any commitment to securing human rights in our foreign policy is currently limited by the lack of any systematic attempt to see how those rights are being treated. And Rick Mercer… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Jordan Yadoo discusses the increasing inequality in lifespans across the income scale. Roderick Benns writes that Belleville (along with Cornwall) has joined the movement calling for a basic income so … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Where’s Wall’s Western Strategy Now?

It wasn’t very long ago that Brad Wall was a part of shaping western Canada. He wanted BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and maybe even Manitoba to agree on LCD wage and labour codes, so we could more easily trade workers around. Now that he’s surrounded by NDP provinces, he’s not involved? Alberta & Manitoba have agreed […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Where’s Wall’s Western Strategy Now?

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Joseph Stiglitz comments on how the Trans-Pacific Partnership looks to make democracy subordinate to corporate interests:The US concluded secret negotiations on what may turn out to be the worst trade agree… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Mariana Mazzucato comments on the need for the public sector to play a significant and direct role in sustainable economic development:The debate about the relative roles of the state and the market in… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links