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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 when the revenue is used for projects that

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Say’s Law – Supply Creates Demand

“A well-known dictum of macroeconomics is Say’s Law: that supply creates demand.”

I independently discovered this, I didn’t know it was called Say’s Law.

Before I created the Pet Foil Hat Technology, no one bought foil hats for pets. My supply, created the demand. The same can be said for plenty of things in dollar stores, and even Value Village shelves at Halloween.

The Bank of England explains how it’s liable to overlook climate change action, until it’s too late.

Human drivers are judged extremely likely to have been the dominant cause of global warming since the mid-20th (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Canada Election 2015: Where do the parties stand on climate change?

With only a couple of weeks left in the Canadian federal election, voters are starting to ask fundamental questions about where the major parties stand on important issues like climate change. Canadians already rank climate and environment as a top issue both during and between election cycles.

But with both the federal election on the horizon and international climate talks scheduled in Paris for late November, Canadians have a real opportunity for their votes to translate into substantial climate action on the global stage.

Pressure is mounting for Canada to play a leadership role at these negotiations, with major (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: The Real Killer Will be Heat Stress

The death certificate may list kidney disease or heart failure but that could mask the real cause of death – heat stress.  A New Zealand expert on the subject, Dr. Tord Kjellstrom, warns that, with 4-billion people from the world’s temperate, tropical and sub-tropical zones already at risk, heat stress may be the most lethal impact of climate change for the balance of this century.

For nearly 20 years Kjellstrom, and more lately the RCRC team, have researched the impact of climate change heat-stress on working people and the lost production and resulting downward slide in national Gross Domestic Product (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

- Ian Welsh writes that the Harper Cons have destroyed Canada’s historic economic balance by scrapping the parts of the manufacturing sector which previously provided a buffer against low resource prices. And Bruce Campbell compares Canada’s record on climate change to Norway’s, and concluding that it isn’t only in terms of royalties and heritage funds that we’re far worse off for catering to big oil.

- Andrew Jackson comments on the role government investment should play in improving Canada’s record on innovation. But Joseph Stiglitz and Adam Hersh flesh out what the Cons (Read more…)

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Rosemary Barton discusses why it’s in Canada’s best interest on the global stage to work on building strong multilateral institutions (including the UN) rather than counting on bluster to make a difference. But Gus van Harten notes that we’re instead signing onto trade deals including the TPP which transfer power from governments of all types to the corporate sector. And Hadrian Mertins-Kirkwood examines what’s at stake in the TPP in particular, while Susan Delacourt questions why such a major agreement is shrouded in secrecy rather than being subject to any meaningful public (Read more…)

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Mark Carney, Governor of Bank of England, on climate change lawsuits

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, and formerly Governor of the Bank of Canada, does know something about financial risk.  And when he was asked to speak to Lloyd’s of London, he chose to talk about the financial risks of climate change, including (and this is what caught our attention), the likelihood of financial disruption associated with climate litigation. His comments on lawsuits “by parties who have suffered loss or damage from the effects of climate change [who] seek compensation from those they hold responsible” are well worth a read.

Mark Carney, Governor (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Mark Carney Again Warns of Climate Change Induced Financial Collapse. Is Anyone Listening?

The former governor of the Bank of England said it. The current governor of the Bank of England is saying the same thing – to anyone who’ll listen.  Mark Carney who recently left the top perch at the Bank of Canada to sit on the top perch of the Bank of England says, unless we get climate change under control, soon (as in now), we’ll enter an era of financial crises and collapsing living standards.

In a speech to the insurance market Lloyd’s of London on Tuesday, Carney said insurers were heavily exposed to climate change risks and that time (Read more…)

Things Are Good: Economic Discussion of Climate Change Gets Real

We’ve already seen climate refugees and climate wars, yet the business world has been rather slow to react. Many businesses operate with the denial of the economic effects of climate change. Today the head of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, has warned the financial world that climate change is the biggest challenge we will collectively face. And we have to do so now!

It’s really good to finally see bankers, economists, and corporate entities catch up to the knowledge put forth by hundreds of organizations from the last millennium.

The U.K. central bank’s Governor Mark Carney, who also (Read more…)

The Common Sense Canadian: Suzuki: Volkswagen cheated climate, people’s health

Photo: Ben Harrington / Flickr CC licence

Volkswagen was caught cheating on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions tests by installing “defeat devices,” which allowed its diesel vehicles to pass nitrogen oxide emissions checks but spew up to 40 times allowable pollutants once they were completed. The scandal has resulted in plummeting share prices, CEO Martin Winterkorn’s resignation and up to $18 billion in fines, as well as recalls, stop-sale orders, impending lawsuits and possible criminal charges.

A million tonnes a year of hidden pollution

Beyond the betrayal and legal and financial issues, the effect on global pollution is massive. (Read more…)

The Progressive Economics Forum: Taking credit where it’s not due

On the election’s climate file, Prime Minister Harper has claimed that his is the “first government in Canadian history that has actually been able to see a reduction in our greenhouse gas emissions while at the same time seeing the economy grow.” This is very much a case of claiming credit where it is NOT due, from a Prime Minister who is only pretending to care about the issue amid the spotlight of the election campaign.

First, it depends on which dates you choose. If we look at Canada’s GHG emissions going back to 2005, the last full year before Harper became (Read more…)

350 or bust: One Family Grows 6,000 lbs of Food On Their City Lot

If these folks can produce this amount of food on a 4000 square foot lot 15 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, what’s stopping the rest of us? This is inspiring! * Links: Learn How This Family Grows 6,000 lbs of Food on just 1/10 of an acre

350 or bust: Renew Your Spirit With a Love Song to the Earth

How awesome is this! The Love Song Project: “A song with the power to fight climate change and maybe even change the world.” Some of the biggest names in music have come together to record a song dedicated to keeping Earth safe. But this song is more than just a feel-good anthem, it’s a powerful […]

The Progressive Economics Forum: Memo from Washington: The Pope’s Call for Climate Action

To start his US tour, the Pope stated that “climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our ‘common home,’ we are living at a critical moment of history.” Speaking on behalf the poorest people – those who will be most adversely affected by climate change, but have done the least to cause the problem – the Pope’s message is a powerful moral call to action.

Can this call overcome cultural and political barriers to change? In the near term, the push for a new (Read more…)

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Liberal Big Tent May Be An Echo Chamber

Suzuki and Trudeau are both plain spoken people. They both strike me as straightforward. The difference is that Suzuki is much older and doesn’t appear to cater to anyone, while Trudeau obviously looks to his Liberal back-room advisers to tell him what way the wind is blowing. If the smoke is blowing at the young leader from his backside, and the Liberal string pullers want it that way, they aren’t about to save Trudeau.

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Yonatan Strauch and Thomas Homer-Dixon discuss how the Cons’ economic plans involve betting against our planet. And David Macdonald notes that the supposed reward for prioritizing oil profits over a sustainable future is to stagnate at recession-level employment rates.

- James Bagnall documents the rise of inequality in Canada – though it’s worth questioning the assumption that the policies pitched as encouraging growth at the cost of increased inequality have actually lived up to the supposed benefit. And PressProgress reminds us of the Cons’ woeful record in dealing with offshore tax avoidance.

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Bruce Carson’s Bigger Scandal

When Harper appointed Carson as a top adviser, the fraud used his position to undermine research into climate change.

About the only part not worth reading is the line saying “There is no easy way to cut emissions and grow the economy”, and now you’ve read it, and can recognize that tired line as untrue.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

- Jim Stanford discusses how the Trans-Pacific Partnership is renegotiating NAFTA – and taking away what little Canada salvaged in that deal. And Jared Bernstein highlights the TPP’s impact on prescription drug costs.

- Rick Smith rightly challenges the effort some people have made to minimize the difference between Canada’s political parties: Though the constant spinning of basically unchanging polling results is annoying, I’m not sure it’s corrosive to the democratic process.  On the other hand, the notion that it doesn’t matter who we elect is not only factually inaccurate, it does (Read more…)

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Climate Change Deniers

The scientific community is in near unanimous agreement on the issue of human-caused climate change: so much so, that there is not a single serious scientific journal which will now publish a paper denying human-caused climate change, since it is viewed by the scientific community that the debate is over, considering the mountain of evidence […]

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil and Gas Still Not Four Letter Words?

Brad Wall, speaking directly to oil and gas men, remarked that he thinks Ottawa needs a “champion” of non-renewable energy. There’s been more than enough support for that industry in the past decades.

This is a good sector, that oil and gas are not four letter words. That they create untold quality of life and wealth for all Canadians. Let’s make that case.

“At one point, a list of dozens of items made from derivatives of petrochemicals were highlighted on a projector screen[…]

“The smartphones they use perhaps to send you angry Tweets about your industry or send you texts,” (Read more…)

Politics and its Discontents: Fire And Rain

I’ve seen fire, and I’ve seen rain, sang James Taylor in his eponymous song.

Now the rest of us have too.

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Politics and its Discontents: Heroes And Villains

The heroes, of course, are the ones who risk their lives fighting these conflagrations; the villains, the rest of us, for our unwillingness to force real measures to combat the climate change:

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Politics and its Discontents: The Apocalypse Continues

This time, the California wildfires are threatening not only home and people, but the same giant sequoias reported on last week.

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Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

- Thomas Walkom discusses how Canadian workers are feeling the pain of decades of policy designed to suppress wages – and notes there’s plenty more all parties should be doing to change that reality. And Doug Saunders points out what we should want our next federal government to pursue to bring about lasting growth: Many economists came to realize not only that government intervention bailed many countries out of the post-2008 recession and restored growth and employment, but that the crisis itself may have been caused, in good part, by the disappearance of active (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: Get Used to It. This Is Just Beginning.

It’s amazing how the plight of refugees fleeing a war on the other side of the world has had such a deep impact on electoral politics in Canada.

I’ll bet we won’t be nearly so caring and concerned about this sort of thing ten years from now.  Our hearts may harden and our purse strings may tighten.

This Syria business?  At its root lies one thing – climate change. Syria got hit with a major drought that triggered severe food shortages. What relief Assad dished out he ensured went mainly to his fellow Allawites, the Shia minority. Left largely to (Read more…)