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Environmental Law Alert Blog: Will BC’s climate plan be BC’s latest fudge-it budget?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 BC’s Climate Leadership Plan is missing in action.  Originally … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Will BC’s climate plan be BC’s latest fudge-it budget?

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Branko Milanovic argues that there’s plenty of reason to be concerned about inequality even if one puts aside a utilitarian comparison of individual needs and benefits:(I)nequality of opportunity affects negati… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Our Arrogance Knows No Limits

Not even the most powerful water canons in the world would seem able to tame the fires of our collective arrogance, self-indulgence, bloated lifestyles and sense of entitlement. Look where they have gotten us:Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Our Arrogance Knows No Limits

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.- Lana Payne comments on the combination of low wages and nonexistent security attached to jobs for younger workers. And Catherine Baab-Muguira examines the spread of the side hustle economy as a means of bare sur… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #PremierPipeline’s Slick Advice in Wake of Husky Oil Spill: Don’t Turn to Trains

Yah, who cares about contaminated water supplies for Sask citizens, as long as the oil industry is okay. https://t.co/RPoe5incfR #skpoli — Larry Hubich (@LHubich) July 23, 2016 @MeridianBooster here is what #PremierPipeline is talking about since yesterday – sports. pic.twitter.com/fhvqhHLcb3 — Saskboy (@saskboy) July 23, 2016 But one of the big issues for Brad Wall, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #PremierPipeline’s Slick Advice in Wake of Husky Oil Spill: Don’t Turn to Trains

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post: Publishing Anti-Facts

In response to Herb Pinder’s July 16th op-ed “Climate change alarmists ignore nature’s role”, I wonder if the Leader-Post has decided to publish conspiracy theories as reasonable opinions. I think many have heard of “young earth creationists” who contend the Earth is only 6000 years old, but it’s news to me there are people such […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post: Publishing Anti-Facts

Politics and its Discontents: Scenes From Hell, And A Small Effort At Climate-Change Adaptation

It may seem rather pararochial that whenever I post video showing the current effects of climate change, I almost always post scenes from North America, despite the fact that floods, fires, heatwaves and other such apocalyptic signs are present through… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Scenes From Hell, And A Small Effort At Climate-Change Adaptation

Politics and its Discontents: To State The Obvious

… the world is getting hotter. And now that Southern Ontario, already plagued by drought, is in the midst of yet another heatwave, it seems like the right time to look at some hard numbers.The Guardian reports thatJune 2016 marks the 14th consecutive… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: To State The Obvious

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Outrage over Oil Sands appointment is a Tzeporah in a teapot

What do you get when you put some of the Canadian Oil Sands fiercest critics in the same room with its most vocal supporters? The Alberta Government’s new 18-member Oil Sands Advisory Group. The Alberta government announced the formation of… Co… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Outrage over Oil Sands appointment is a Tzeporah in a teapot

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here (via PressReader), questioning why so many of our political leaders spend so much time talking about pipelines which are neither economically necessary nor environmentally sustainable.For further reading…- J. David Hughes’ study cited in the col… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Dani Rodrik comments on the need for a far more clear set of policy prescriptions for left-wing political parties to present as an alternative to laissez-faire corporate domination, while noting there’s no lack… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Does Kenya’s Climate Change Act lead the way for climate lawsuits?

Thursday, July 14, 2016 It might seem a bit odd for Environmental Law Alert (based in BC, Canada) … . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Does Kenya’s Climate Change Act lead the way for climate lawsuits?

Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Glenn Greenwald interviews Alex Cuadros about his new book on how Brazil has been warped politically and economically by the whims of its billionaire class. And PressProgress takes a look at the impact… . . . → Read More: Wednesday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Another Very Ominous Sign

Thanks to my friend, The Mound, for passing this on to me. It is not good news.The Tyee reports the following:As Arctic sea ice melts, one of the forces doing the melting is the Arctic Ocean itself.No other region on the planet is warming as fast as th… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Very Ominous Sign

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Kinder Morgan’s Salad Days of Summer

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 The warmth and relative freedom of summer creates an atmosphere of spontaneity and often last-minute plans come together: “Let&… . . . → Read More: Environmental Law Alert Blog: Kinder Morgan’s Salad Days of Summer

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- J. David Hughes discusses the ultimate problem with new pipeline construction, as it’s incompatible with any reasonable effort to meet even Canada’s existing commitments to rein in greenhouse gas emissions:Under … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: We Can’t Have It Both Ways

Despite Justin Trudeau’s sunny assurances that meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and pipeline expansion are not mutually exclusive, most people, if they think about it at all, will see such a position as both risible and impossible. That … . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: We Can’t Have It Both Ways

Politics and its Discontents: Deny All You Want

But it will not alter the truth. Despite anthropogenic-climate-change denier Marco Rubio’s publicly professed befuddlement over the causes of the toxic algae blooms in Florida and elsewhere, the answers are not difficult to find: agricultural runoff an… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Deny All You Want

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Reuters reports on Tidjane Thiam’s recognition that inequality and underfunded education likely played roles in the Brexit vote’s outcome. And David Blanchflower rightly argues that the UK will need economic st… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, In Other Parts Of The World

…. things are hardly going swimmingly:Torrential monsoon rains along a stalled frontal boundary near the Yangtze River in China have killed 186 people, left 45 people missing, and caused at least $7.6 billion in damage. In the Hubei Province, 1.5 mil… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Meanwhile, In Other Parts Of The World

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: What President Obama said about Canada, Alberta and Climate Change

During his address to the Canadian Parliament on June 29, 2016, United States President Barack Obama singled out Alberta as a leader in the fight against climate change. Here is the excerpt from his speech where he spoke about climate change:… Conti… . . . → Read More: daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: What President Obama said about Canada, Alberta and Climate Change

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading:- Ross Douthat (!) discusses the distinction between actual cosmopolitanism, and the global elitism that’s instead come to dominate international power relations:Genuine cosmopolitanism is a rare thing. It require… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Politics and its Discontents: Anyone Who Refuses To Connect The Dots Here

… will never accept the fact of climate change:Want more information on the dangers posed by algae blooms? Click here.And just remember, sports fans, these are only the preliminary rounds.Oh, and by the way, Happy Canada Day.Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Anyone Who Refuses To Connect The Dots Here

Politics and its Discontents: The News Keeps Gettting Worse

In a column on Tuesday, environmental blogger Robert Scribbler noted that the Northern Hemisphere Jet Stream had merged with the Southern Hemisphere Jet Stream.“It’s the very picture of weather weirding due to climate change. Something that would a… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: The News Keeps Gettting Worse

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Mary O’Hara reviews Daniel Hatcher’s new book on the U.S.’ poverty industry which seeks to exploit public supports for private gain:(A) new book published last week by law professor and advocate Daniel… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links