Readers of this blog will know that I have a special affection for Cuba, having visited it many times and gotten to know, to some extent, the ‘real’ Cuba. Yet it would be wrong for me or any other non-Cuban to pontificate about what is best for the country, given the changes that are coming due to its increasing normalization with the United States. The course of Cuba’s future has to be decided by Cuba itself.
Nonetheless, one hopes that the ecological balance highlighted in the following will continue well into the future, despite what will undoubtedly be an onslaught (Read more…)
Most of us just don’t want to know. Most of the rest are coming to feel the same way a lot of the time.
Interesting op-ed by Quincy Saul, “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.” It deserves a read.
Ecology: The global climate is officially destabilized. Major tipping points have passed, and while the struggle to remain within others must continue, we have already lost the battle to preserve life on earth as we know it. Rising seas will reshape continents and spreading deserts will drive mass migrations. Climate change will redraw the world map and will (Read more…)
What kind of oil investments become zombies with cheap oil?
[Shhh, it’s the Solstice today, but don’t tell the carbon energy sector!]
Extracting and burning oil, gas and coal [the carbon criminals destroying our climate] is a bad move.
Capitalists, zombies themselves seeking to maximize shareholder wealth at the expense of everything [or, brainz!], are now starting to do the math and realize that too.
Stranded assets are investments in sectors that evaporate. Factories that make 8-track tapes. The asbestos industry [just kidding, it’s still running, but it should be a zombie]. But what happens to all (Read more…)
Edmonton’s Eastgate: What are those cylinders in the background?
This week, as an early Christmas present to the province, the world and future generations, the Alberta government has begun the process of completely ending oil, coal and gas production in the province within a generation.
Citing its historic mismanagement of oil royalties compared to Norway’s nearly trillion dollar endowment, the Finance Minister spent much of his speech to the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce defining the government’s new energy posture.
He apologized on behalf of former governments, saying we will now “get off the oil train” [see below], (Read more…)
In BC and Canada, politicians actively ignore the people and their own scientists. Why?
OK, you tell me.
What do you call politicians who ignore their own scientists?
It’s not a trick question.
What if scientists tell their political bosses about the climate impacts of ramping up a mythical $1 trillion LNG industry, then the politicians ignore the warnings so they can go frack ahead anyway?
Ignorant? Stupid? Corrupt? Bought-off by industry? Science-deniers?
I don’t really know. It’s just so irrational.
But are they fit to lead? No.
If it’s all about the mythical job-creation capacity, green jobs create more (Read more…)
This is an international day of action, so check the event page to see what’s up in your town, for TOMORROW!
And if there’s nothing at your home, be the change!
Let’s consolidate our recent victories and continue moving public opinion to transitioning to the post-carbon energy infrastructure: wind, solar, tidal, geothermal, rail, transit, energy retrofits, solar roadways, ET3 hyperloop system.
via International Day of Action for Burnaby Mountain and ALL Land Defenders.
August 11, 2014 Welcome to the 1,000th Politics, Re-Spun Editorial! (1) June 16, 2014 Hey, BC: Want More Jobs? Dump the LNG and Pipelines! (1) July (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: International Day of Action for Burnaby Mountain and ALL Land Defenders
How much will we keep spending to develop more fossil fuels when we know we have to stop to avert climate breakdown?
How about zero. It’s time to redirect that money to wind, solar, geothermal, and hydro so we can stop exacerbating our climate crisis.
Let us end this silent accord to let the carbon energy interests destroy us.
And let’s leave coal and nuclear behind too.
Now go let our corrupt politicians know we won’t stand for this nonsense anymore.
June 16, 2014 Hey, BC: Want More Jobs? Dump the LNG and Pipelines! (Read more…)
So, expensive oil made the tarsands and LNG more financially attractive if not climate-destroying.
We know this because…science! Unless you are a science-denier.
But even with and prices AND demand dropping, we are seeing the makings of a real flattening of long-term stability in demand that can fundamentally undermine the BC Liberal Party’s ignorance-embracing lust for LNG, fracking, oil, gas and coal.
If you want to see what resilience looks like, and how the global carbon energy market is going to poke holes in the BC Liberal Party’s science-rejecting, short-sighted energy policy, read this piece below, and sign up for (Read more…)
Start with an oil spill apologist/minimizer. Work with the twisted logic that since all ships and oil tankers don’t crash all the time, any concern over one that might [and our government's pathetic incompetence in prevention and disaster-aversion] is eco-hysteria. Pay any attention to and RT anything Ayn Rand. Then spot allied apologists.
Then follow the timelines:
[Timeliness note: as of 115pm, the third tow line on the Simushir snapped, so nothing's safe yet.]
Here's a real crude tanker, off Victoria Golf Course, carrying Alaska crude so no story #haidagwaii pic.twitter.com/04bOWy5xCo
— Tom Fletcher (@tomfletcherbc) October 18, (Read more…)
Steve Harper, the greatest threat to Canadian security in the modern era.
Happy August! Happy Day!
I have a few comments about this, the 1,000th editorial at Politics, Re-Spun. But you can read them below, about my sabbatical plan, new visions for this almost 12-year-old website, and other things.
But at the top of this post, I have something slightly more urgent to delve into before I check out for a break.
That great sick freak, Donald Rumsfeld is generally credited with popularizing the concept of unknown unknowns to our modern/post-modern era. Being a sick freak, he spun that bafflement (Read more…)
This is just too much.
Lego has teamed up with Shell Oil to pimp your kids’ brains for Shell.
We need to be helping our children understand that our future lies in the post-carbon energy infrastructure and things like solar roadways.
Here’s one way to do that, at Lego Block Shell.
Another is to share this priceless video, so that everything CAN BE awesome!
Related articles across the web Hey, BC: Want More Jobs? Dump the LNG and Pipelines! Stop Listening to the Big Oil Spin! Enbridge: What Now? We Escalate Our Fight Most BCers Want to Get Off (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: Lego Pimps Your Kids’ Brains For Shell Oil
Translink is “being evasive on exactly how much money is being spent on this.”
via Compass Card program delayed again by TransLink – British Columbia – CBC News.
How’s that for not surprising.
Translink is notorious for its taxation without representation: taking municipalities’ money without providing democratic representation to municipalities. This was a gift from the provincial government years ago to keep local communities from directing their transportation infrastructure.
And now, Translink continues to be evasive about how much money they’re spending on the Compass card system and turnstiles, in place ostensibly to stop fare evasion. They’ve always been (Read more…)
Recently, with the WEF spending the last few years acknowledging global income inequality is a problem, I’ve declared a kind of victory for the Occupy Movement: getting the lexicon on the 1% and inequality on the tongues of the sly gazillionaires who rule the world, and into mass consumption.
Now we see that the CEO of Goldman Sachs, one of the biggest cancers of neoliberal capitalism and a prime mover of the 2008 crash, has admitted that income inequality is a problem and a destabilizer. Sadly, though not surprisingly, in this interview he also trotted out typical neoliberal “realities” (Read more…)
Watch Pam Palmater’s response to the SCC ruling. Click above.
Stephen Harper had about a week to enjoy the glory of his remarkably understated whispery notification that the Enbridge climate killing pipeline will proceed.
Yesterday the Supreme Court shut down the prime minister, which they have a tendency to do because he so flagrantly intends to violate it. So they keep slapping his hand.
With the Tsilhqot’in ruling, our hope that first nations are our last line of defense against more climate killing tarsands development, has been greatly augmented.
In the coming weeks we will see how this may be (Read more…)
Well, I found yet another [like this] study showing how many MORE jobs we’d get by moving to a post-carbon energy infrastructure and dumping LNG, tarsands, pipelines and all the other Mordor Industrial Complex BC and Alberta are embracing.
Not only is dumping the carbon energy infrastructure essential to do what we can to minimize the effects of climate change/breakdown, it’s also good for the economy, good for jobs, and in particular, good for highly trained union workers.
So unions should be lining up to skip the short-sighted, short-term gains of a few thousand carbon energy jobs in (Read more…)
We don’t see brown shirts and jackboots, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t seeing the de-democratization of our society.
In Vancouver this month, armed police with guns drawn, raided a house because they suspected people inside not of being terrorists, but of spray painting “No Pipelines” all over the place.
Read Police raid house in East Vancouver, with guns drawn, on pretext of anti-pipeline graffiti | Warrior Publications.
But in Harper’s Canada, opposing pipelines is deemed by the climate change deniers as an act of economic terrorism, which we will likely see in a far more pronounced fashion if in (Read more…)
It seems to be working in Washington, DC.
And you know what? They’ve got our backs.
When ranchers are farmers and tribal communities realize that the tarsands and their toxic pipelines threaten us all, it’s pretty easy to figure out how working together gets things done.
They’re even occupying the Mall in DC. With teepees. See? Look:
#Sacred Indigenous Activists return to the #RejectAndProtect encampment on #NationalMall @WaveOfAction #WaveofAction pic.twitter.com/FISKVCQjNG
— NYCCamp (@NYCCamp) April 24, 2014
You can watch a simple summary of the Reject and Protect campaign to encourage the White House to stop delaying (Read more…)
Once upon a time, before we knew much about ecology and systems theory, corporations just went around raping and pillaging the countryside, polluting whatever they wanted.
Shhh, there’s a secret new law: it’s open season for corporations to rape and pillage our environment.
This came back to me grotesquely in a Mad Men episode a few years ago when Don Draper takes his family out for a picnic in the countryside. When they finished, they packed up to go back to the car to drive home and left all their garbage on the grass. And the sight of that (Read more…)
Today we are fresh off the tar soaked heels of Enbridge’s lie and spin machine in Kitimat, leading to a vote AGAINST their toxic future.
In Kitimat, in a non-binding plebiscite, the people of Kitimat, but not the first peoples who live outside the town boundary, voted about 60-40 to kick out Enbridge.
They’re liars, don’t you know, making up a fake map of BC’s coast to pretend that oil tanker risks are lower than they are.
But it also turns out that Yoko Ono knows a thing or two about fracking and carbon energy.
And we also know (Read more…)
Hemp has enormous potential to help us build an ecologically sound society. It can replace most uses of tree-derived paper products and lumber, thus saving vast amounts of forests. It can eliminate and replace most uses of synthetic fibres, which are used in clothing, furniture, carpets and textiles, and virtually all uses of plastics, […]
Do the math. Please.
For a great long time, I’ve been talking about how we must dump the oil, gas, fracking, tankers, pipelines, coal…all the carbon-based energy systems because of climate breakdown [aka climate change, aka global warming, aka the greenhouse effect]. We need to transform our society to a post-carbon energy infrastructure.
The lie that there are billions in government revenue and 90 gazillion jobs just waiting for us all (sigh) is so incredibly compelling. But if you look at some data, like…facts, you might find some startling surprises that indicate that you’ve been swallowed whole by the carbon-based (Read more…)
2015, we’re told, is the year the developed world (that’s us) and the emerging economies (China, India, etc., etc., etc.) will close ranks to formulate an effective plan of action to fight climate change. It’s going to be Kyoto on steroids, a true hallelujah moment, a meeting of minds, a global joining of hands, a flexing of collective muscle and sinew.
2015 is probably our final chance to reach some sort of meaningful, global consensus. In case you haven’t noticed we’re already being overtaken by climate change impacts, and this is the ‘early (Read more…)
NOT actually science-fiction.
In your science-fiction news today:
Imagine a power system that could harness the energy of 2,000 suns and provide fresh water and air conditioning in remote locations.
Not only that but it would be completely renewable, be able to provide the entire world’s energy supplies and only take up two per cent of the Sahara Desert’s land area.
via IBM’s New Solar Collector Power System (HCPVT) Could Power The Earth.
But it’s not actually science-fiction.
I recall debates with friends in the 1980s who went on and on about how technology will save us from the greenhouse (Read more…)