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Politics and its Discontents: More Canaries

My guess is only the willfully ignorant, the profoundly stupid, and the ideologically blind do not realize the environmental peril we are experiencing, one primarily but not exclusively driven by climate change. Monster storms, massive wildfires and record droughts are just three of the more obvious symptoms of a critically ill planet. But it is not hard, if we look just a little beyond melodramatic headlines and visuals, to see that the problem is leaving no ecosystem unscathed. The world’s oceans are one such ecosystem, as rising temperatures are wreaking largely unseen havoc.

The latest evidence of earth’s fever (Read more…)

350 or bust: Hey Canada, Make Climate Change Part of the Election


Politics and its Discontents: Angry For Good Reason

Every evening at 6:30, I try to take about 10 minutes to watch NBC Nightly News, the object of my interest not American politics but the apocalyptic imagery of the West Coast wildfires. Every night seems to bring reports of new conflagrations and tragedy, and every night my anger grows, not just for the loss of valuable forests and the consequent release of all of their stored carbon, not just for the loss of hundreds of homes that have often been in families for generations, and not just for the loss of the lives of the brave people putting themselves (Read more…)

Environmental Law Alert Blog: What is climate leadership in BC, Canada and the world?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The governments of both British Columbia and Alberta are currently consulting the public as they develop “climate leadership plans.” But what does it really take to be a climate leader? Let’s take a moment to reflect on what climate leadership means and to acknowledge some recent examples, and to consider what that means for BC's promise of climate leadership.

The governments of both British Columbia and Alberta are currently consulting the public as they develop “climate leadership plans.” Here in BC the deadline for email submissions has been extended to September 14th.

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350 or bust: Climate Change Is Solvable


350 or bust: If Not Now, Then When?

Carrie Newcomer, a talented singer songwriter and fellow Citizen Climate Lobbyist, played at CCL’s National Conference in Washington, DC in June. Here’s one of the songs she played. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. It uplifts me when I need it the most. * Citizens Climate Lobby

350 or bust: Imagine An Era of Low-Carbon Prosperity


Politics and its Discontents: Apocalypse Now, And The Shape Of Things To Come

I decided to take a break from the political landscape today to look at our physical one. Regrettably, although the title of this post comes from two films, what is depicted here is all too real. I’ll let the disturbing imagery speak for itself.

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Politics and its Discontents: Another Reason To Vote

If you know any young people looking for a reason to vote, please pass this on to them:

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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

350 or bust: Memo To America

While this is officially a memo to America, I’d say the rest of us should pay attention, too. Especially here in Canada where our current federal government has officially tied our national climate policy to that of the United States. Until, of course, President Obama started taking actions to reduce CO2 pollution. Since then, Stephen […]

350 or bust: Rap Guide to Climate Chaos

What’s the beef? – Climate Change Version Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist, writer, actor, and tree planter. And, judging from some info he shares in this video, he’s also Canadian MP Joyce Murray’s son. As part of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, I’ve lobbied Ms Murray for a price on carbon. Her climate change knowledge […]

Politics and its Discontents: Signifying Nothing

It is a taleTold by an idiot, full of sound and fury,Signifying nothing.

Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5

In the above quotation, the beleaguered Macbeth, facing his final battle, is talking about the meaningless of life. He could just as easily been talking about election campaigns.

As I noted the other day in a brief post, speaking truth during an election campaign can be a perilous pursuit indeed. Just ask Linda McQuaig, who opined on Power and Politics that much of Alberta’s bitumen may well have to be left in the ground if we are to keep (Read more…)

The Disaffected Lib: IPCC – "Criminally Complacent"

Arctic expert, professor Peter Wadhams, doesn’t think much of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the Cambridge professor of ocean physics and head of the university’s Polar Oceans Physics Group, denounces the IPCC as a dangerous sellout.

He highlighted that the IPCC has failed to quantify and properly assess the risk of a methane outbreak from melting permafrost and undersea methane hydrates.“Because that is scarcely mentioned by the IPCC in it’s assessment because I think it is being criminally complacent in not wanting to stress or talk about the possibility of some major catastrophes.

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Politics and its Discontents: Speaking The Truth: A Crime In Harperland

I was going to write about Linda McQuaig’s honest assertion that much of the tarsands’ oil will have to be left in the ground if Canada is to meet its climate change mitigation targets. It is an assertion that world experts agree with.

However, since Bill Longstaff has beaten me to the topic, I will suggest that you check out his blog post rather than run the risk of being repetitive. You might also want to watch the video wherein Ms. McQuaig makes the ‘offending’ observation, one that fellow guest and Harper apologist Michelle Rempel pounces upon:

And, of course, (Read more…)

350 or bust: What Did You Do?

Bill Longstaff: Linda McCuaig does us all a big favour

Last week the NDP candidate for Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig, stirred the tar sands pot, telling a CBC panel discussion that for Canada to meet its climate change targets, “a lot of the oil sands oil may have to stay in the ground.” As an Albertan, I suppose I am supposed to be offended at this slighting of our precious sands. Or perhaps as a Dipper I should be concerned that she has undermined

The Disaffected Lib: The Point of No Return?

A friend sent me a link to a Rolling Stone article, “The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares are Already Here.” It’s a relatively complete and accurate synopsis of the state of our climate-changed world today.  Fair warning – it’s a dismal read that you may find upsetting before you sit down to Sunday dinner (if you still do that sort of thing).  Here’s my follow up:

For the first time people in their 30s and younger have to contemplate the possibility that their lives will end not by mishap or natural cause but out of the (Read more…)

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Politics, Re-Spun: Obama Battles Harper Over Climate Change

Obama spoke the other day about climate change: “we’re the first generation to feel the impact of climate change; we’re the last generation that can do something about it.”

Stephen Harper denies the science.

It’s about that simple.


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The Disaffected Lib: Truth from the Sea

If there’s one thing climate change deniers steer well clear of, it’s the state of our oceans.

They confine their lies to cherry-picked data about global warming of the atmosphere, a narrative that still has to be bolstered with mighty lies oft repeated, but they know not to mess with oceanic reality.

None of us gets out of school without being taught that our oceans cover 70% of Earth’s surface. Terrestrial life has to make do with the 30% of terra firma left over. Yeah, okay, fair enough.

Water doesn’t lie and it really doesn’t provide much cover for liars (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: Harper’s Campaign Against a Mythical Netflix Tax Backfires, Badly

Check out our savvy PM, getting all hashtaggy on us all!

But to quote Mr. Layton from 2011, it’s become a #Fail, or, “Hashtag-Fail” if you will.

You see, our PM has decided to say that others want to bring in a Netflix Tax. So he opposed it. But he just made that up.

And now social media is punishing him. With the aplomb we’ve come to expect…remember #TellVicEverything?

Try the trending #NoNetflixTax to see what people are doing to our lying PM.

Harper's original #NoNetFlixTax and my improvement. #cdnpoli #elxn42

— Stephen Lautens (@stephenlautens) August (Read more…)

Politics, Re-Spun: 11 Weeks of Daily Harper Protests

The Harper Re-election Disaster Bus Totalitarianism: daily, for 11 weeks!

Get used to this.

People hate Harper and his Conservatives. We will see through his weak attempt to wedge oppositions parties by running a long election campaign because he has more money to spend.

Saturation will come fast.

We will remember how much contempt he holds for people and democracy.

We will listen to his 5 non-answers to 5 media questions each day and we will be constantly reminded of how much we can’t stand what he has done to Canada.

And we will see this. Every day:

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350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Asorted content for your weekend reading.

- Ezra Klein talks to Bernie Sanders about how to build a more fair economy in the U.S. and around the globe. And Lynn Parramore interviews Tony Atkinson about the options available to rein in economic inequality – and why we should be working on putting them in place: LP: Some of the possible prescriptions you discuss, such as a basic income for all citizens, may sound radical, but you point out that they are actually already implemented as policy in many countries in various ways. Are ideas like basic income getting more (Read more…)