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Cowichan Conversations: Trudeau Critical Of Elizabeth May For Tying Fort McMurray Fires To Global Warming

Green Party leader Elizabeth May has connected the raging fires that wiped out Fort McMurray sending 88, 000 residents fleeing for their lives with Global Warming. She stated the obvious and is being critized by Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Trudeau Critical Of Elizabeth May For Tying Fort McMurray Fires To Global Warming

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- David Crane identifies the good news in the Parliamentary Budget Officer’s report on climate change – which is that we can meet our greenhouse gas emissions targets through readily feasible policy choices as long a… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Firefighters and the Inferno of Climate Change

The roaring inferno in and around Fort McMurray is now so big only Mother Nature can stop it."Let me be clear, air tankers are not going to stop this fire," Morrison said. "This is an extreme fire event. It's going to continue to pus… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Firefighters and the Inferno of Climate Change

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Not only #ExxonKnew about climate change, but its Canadian subsidiary #ImperialKnew too

Thursday, May 5, 2016 New documents reveal that the Canadian oil company Imperial Oil knew in the 1970s or earlier that burning fossil fuels caused climate … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Not only #ExxonKnew about climate change, but its Canadian subsidiary #ImperialKnew too

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau on Forest Fire Tragedy

The Prime Minister spoke about forest fires’ connection to climate change at a community affected by a massive evacuation due in part to climate change. “The reality of climate change is that we’re going to see more and more extreme weather events and we need to make sure that as a country we’re properly equipped […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Trudeau on Forest Fire Tragedy

Montreal Simon: The Fort Mac Fire: Time to Give Cheap Politics a Rest

It's like a scene out of hell, a raging inferno if ever there was one.And I feel so sorry for the residents of Fort Mac who have lost their homes or their businesses. But what I find really moving is the way many Canadians all over the country hav… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Fort Mac Fire: Time to Give Cheap Politics a Rest

Politics and its Discontents: Elizabeth May Goes Where Trudeau Fears To Tread

Some would say that to link the terrible losses in Fort McMurray to climate change is insensitive and political. Of course, they would be wrong, since climate change is not an ideological issue, however much the deniers try to frame it. It is a fact.Wh… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Elizabeth May Goes Where Trudeau Fears To Tread

The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget

Over at the web site of the Calgary Homeless Foundation, I have a blog post titled: “Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget.” The link to the post is here. . . . → Read More: The Progressive Economics Forum: Ten things to know about the 2016-17 Alberta budget

Politics and its Discontents: Taking On Sarah Palin’s Idiocy

I would say Jimmy Kimmel does a pretty good job:“I have a theory,” Kimmel said. “I think maybe Sarah Palin wants global warming. It’s cold in Alaska. It would be welcome up there. But, the idea that she knows more than 97 percent of scientists … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Taking On Sarah Palin’s Idiocy

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.- Ben Schiller talks to Joseph Stiglitz about the link between technology and inequality – and particularly the lack of current incentives to work on improving standards of living rather than capturing win… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: And To Round Up The Week

Yet one more reminder of our collective folly:Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: And To Round Up The Week

Politics and its Discontents: Four Days In A Wild Weather Week

I admit I am a bit of a weather geek. To witness nature’s fury and our powerlessness in its face is truly humbling. However, the other reason for my fascination with our increasingly volatile and destructive weather is the rueful recognition of our col… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Four Days In A Wild Weather Week

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the Conference Board of Canada’s environmental report card – and the conclusions we should draw from both Saskatchewan’s last-place finish, and the typically appalling response from the Wall government.For further reading…- Brendan Haley dis… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Politics and its Discontents: The Truth Is Not Out There- It’s Right Here

Fox Mulder of the X-Files got it wrong. He believed that the truth was ‘out there;’ in fact, it is right here, but as the Mound of Sound said in a recent post, we live in “a world full of fact-resistant humans.” Our capacity for denial seems almost lim… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The Truth Is Not Out There- It’s Right Here

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.- Tyler Hamilton offers a roundup of the growing threat of climate change – and Canada’s shameful contribution to making it worse. – Andy Blatchford reports on the Libs’ plans for a massive selloff of federal p… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Bill Longstaff: Canada earns a D for environment

Last week the Conference Board of Canada released its environment report card and Canada did not do well. We earned a D, ranking third from last against 15 of our international peers. The only countries that performed worse were Australia and the U.S… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Canada earns a D for environment

Politics and its Discontents: Words, Words, Words

Talk, as they say, is indeed cheap.During his New York trip, the prime minister touted an all-of-the-above approach where additional oil production can coexist with cleaner technology, and more wealth gets spent on energy innovation.Not so sure that pa… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Words, Words, Words

Cowichan Conversations: The Political Play Between Alberta Premier Notley And The BC Liberals Is Surreal!

Climate Change is creating serious reductions in food and fruits being grown and exported from California. There is nothing to suggest that it will improve, to the contrary, it will get worse as water shortages Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Political Play Between Alberta Premier Notley And The BC Liberals Is Surreal!

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Ed Broadbent, Michal Hay and Emilie Nicolas theorize that Canada’s left is on the rise. Matt Karp takes a look at the policy preferences of younger American voters, including a strong willingness to fund far … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Environmental Law Alert Blog: This Earth Day: Celebrating the campaign to get local government out of the fossil fuel business

Friday, April 22, 2016 To celebrate Earth Day 2016, we’re highlighting the remarkable work o… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: This Earth Day: Celebrating the campaign to get local government out of the fossil fuel business

Michal Rozworski: Why Alberta shouldn’t look to Norway, and why that’s a reason to Leap

One of the clearest memories I have from my only trip to Norway is the repeated failures at hitching a ride. What appeared to be an unbroken string of brand new Audi’s and BMW’s whizzed by my friend and I, dirty and sweaty after a few days hiking and camping in the mountains. “Where am I […] . . . → Read More: Michal Rozworski: Why Alberta shouldn’t look to Norway, and why that’s a reason to Leap

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Aditya Chakrabortty comments on how massive amounts of wealth are both being siphoned out of our social systems, and used to buy the politicians who facilitate those transfers:(A)t root, the Panama Pap… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Alexander Panetta reports on the G20′s agreement on the need to crack down on tax evasion – as well as the steps Canada needs to take to get our own house in order:The final communique warned of actions against c… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Dilbit Dogma: On Pipelines to Tidewater

Friday, April 15, 2016 According to pipeline supporters and cheerleaders, one of the primary ratio… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Dilbit Dogma: On Pipelines to Tidewater

Cowichan Conversations: Dear Leap Manifesto Critics: There Will Be No Jobs On A Dead Planet

The freak out response by many corporate media pundits and confused politicians opposed to the ‘Leap Manifesto’ is revealing and instructive. Their outrageous over reaction to a well thought out direction for survival in Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Dear Leap Manifesto Critics: There Will Be No Jobs On A Dead Planet