Look no further. This is almost too painful to watch, but watch it we must:
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Look no further. This is almost too painful to watch, but watch it we must:
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My apologies if you’re a man, or over 55, but those two demographics love the Big Oil, and they’re giving you all a bad name!
I know lots of men and people over 55 who know that moving to a post-carbon energy infrastructure is the only sustainable future. The problem is convincing their peers that getting rid of their Lexus [it used to be Hummer] is in everyone’s best interest.
Maybe it’s because some of those (Read more…)
From his interview with Calgary Metro News:“Because of that I have been a strong promoter of the Keystone XL pipeline and also a harsh critic on the way the prime minister has approached pushing the Keystone XL pipeline. To my mind, the only thing that has prevented Keystone XL from getting approved already in the United States – and what has allowed it become such a polarizing issue, with celebrities weighing in and all sorts of people having very strong opinions even though there is not necessarily all that many facts going around in many of the conversations – (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Graeme Wearden reports on Oxfam’s latest study on inequality and the outsized political influence of the wealthy few: The Oxfam report found that over the past few decades, the rich have successfully wielded political influence to skew policies in their favour on issues ranging from financial deregulation, tax havens, anti-competitive business practices to lower tax rates on high incomes and cuts in public services for the majority. Since the late 1970s, tax rates for the richest have fallen in 29 out of 30 countries for which data are available, said the report.
This (Read more…)
The unholy trinity of the Alberta tarsands industry, the Conservative Party and the right-wing media has gone all-out in its attacks on Neil Young for his stance against their destructive policies and actions. One thing that these corporate wolves and subservient sheep overlook is that, of course, Neil Young is right.
The main arguments by the Conservative tarsands mob are that:
1) Young hasn’t lived in Canada for a long time, so he has no right to talk about anything that happens in Canada.
2) He’s a rich rock star, so he has no right to talk (Read more…)
There is also an interesting wrinkle in the JRP’s [Joint Review Panel's] decision, specifically its inclusion of a “sunset clause.”And that states “the certificate [to proceed] will expire on 31 December 2016, unless construction of the pipeline or the Kitimat Terminal has commenced by that date.” For reasons mentioned above, that is very unlikely.
So would this mean back to square one for Enbridge if shovels aren’t in the ground by 2017? Another…two…three…five years?
There’s something happening here What it is ain’t exactly clear There’s a man with a gun over there Telling me I got to beware
Paranoia strikes deep Into your life it will creep It starts when you’re always afraid You step out of line, the man come and take you away
For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield, January 1967
After reading this post by Alison at Creekside, and this one by Doctor Dawg, both dealing with Chuck Strahl and CSIS, and the latter’s collaboration with Enbridge in spying on Canadians exercising their democratic rights, please enjoy the entire song:
It's been more than two days since we found out that Chuck Strahl, Canada's spy watchdog, is moonlighting as a lobbyist for Enbridge.And by so doing has erased the boundaries between the petro state and the surveillance state.Now to make matters even worse, we find out that Strahl is also a lobbyist for a First Nations' energy company with links to China. Strahl, who was Aboriginal Affairs minister from 2007 to 2010, registered with Alberta’s lobbyist registry on Dec. 3, 2013, to lobby for Frog Lake Energy Resources Corp. The energy firm has partnered with Chinese-financed Windtalker Energy (Read more…)
Former Tory minister on the hot seat over Enbridge lobbying gig by Kady O’Malley Posted: January 7, 2014 9:00 AM Last Updated: January 7, 2014 8:58 AM CBC online I was a bit disappointed in the lack of a big anti-pipeline presence outside the location of the Harpster’s meeting with the BC Bored of Trade..happy, of course, with the direct action taken inside the meeting, but wish that there had been something outside the venue, showing our displeasure at the thought of a pipeline here. I no longer live in Vancouver, or even on the Mainland, so I can’t exactly (Read more…)
Assorted content for your Sunday reading.
- Frank Graves recognizes that the dismal mood of young Canadians is based on the economic reality that the expected trend toward intergenerational progress has been reversed.
- Meanwhile, Jesse Myerson discusses five policy proposals which would give younger citizens a far more fair chance at success than they currently hold. Ben Irwin lists twenty elements of life in poverty which figure to be unfamiliar to anybody at higher income levels. And Dennis Raphael nicely boils down the policy choices we face in addressing family poverty: Research carried out by UNICEF points out that (Read more…)
Well it seems that Stephen Harper is pulling out all the stops to try to crush all opposition to his Northern Gateway pipeline.By not only getting the National Energy Board to rubber-stamp his insane project.But also by getting Canada's top spy watchdog to lobby for the pipeline maniacs from Enbridge. Read more »
Well respected Economist Robyn Allan has once again delivered the real story and has broken down the Enbridge Pipeline proposal for us.
Peter Ewart, blogger and journalist sent this link by email to be shared far and wide.
The cream is rising to the top over the battles present and future.
The calibre and dedication of opponents like Robyn Allan will be a large part of the battles and victories ahead.
This is very much a must see video. Watch broken down in bite size chapters or watch it straight through, but please watch it.
Some breaking news occurred yesterday, the Joint Review Panel of the National Energy Board approved the Enbridge pipeline, but with 209 conditions. To quote a teenager from 1994: “Big whoop.” Also, big whoop goes out to the awesome pictures of soon to be decimated pristine wilderness on the report cover.
What do you think of the Enbridge approval and where things will go?
What do I think of the approval? Disappointed and hardly surprised. When Joe Oliver starts talking about something being “science-based,” I remember how his party has people who believe dinosaurs and humans walked the earth (Read more…)
Finally the approval, carefully timed for release in a soft news cycle has been released.
The Cowichan Conversations Research Department (CCRD) has confirmed that 19 people in British Columbia were surprised.
The balance get it that this has been a hoax, a rigged process from the get-go.
Now the fight begins on many fronts. The First Nations real positions will be brought to the fore.
Their legal rights are entrenched in the Constitution. If they stand strong then celebrations in Enbridge and Conservative headquarters will become muted at best.
Enbridge, Harper et al hope to buy off (Read more…)
The longstanding “will they or won’t they” dynamic existing between BC premier Christy Clark and Alberta premier Alison Redford took a turn for the depressing recently when they announced they had come to a framework agreement on pipelines. While short on specifics and not making any firm pledges, the deal appears intended to bring Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway project, which seeks to transport diluted bitumen from the Alberta tar sands to BC’s North Coast for export, one step closer to fruition.
With Enbridge and its prospective pipeline gaining momentum, opposition to the plan is not far behind, and proposals abound (Read more…)
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Andrew Coyne highlights the ultimate issue in the Cons’ Senate patronage, scandals and cover-ups: (I)f the prime minister sets the standard, then we are entitled to ask: Why has this standard been so inconsistent? On essentially the same set of facts, the senators in question have been held to three entirely distinct standards: total indulgence, in the first stages of their tenure, when they were viewed as assets to the party; total ostracism, since the scandal broke, when they had become political liabilities; and in between that strange interlude, at least with regard (Read more…)
Deep down a great many of us knew that this Enbridge pipeline would be jammed through come hell or high water.
The hell and high water part is still an unknown. There is no greater fear in the political world than the fear of the unknown.
Harper is fearful of the responses and that is why he has driven this unprecedented departure from democratic process and spent an untold fortune putting this travesty of process into place.
Trade deals have been signed, the public has been sidelined and effective elected political opposition scarce where it exists at (Read more…)
In a new book about the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal, The Oil Man and the Sea, author Arno Kopecky relates his attempt to interview Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) scientist Kenneth Lee. Dr. Lee was the executive director of the DFO-sponsored Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research, and possibly the country’s top expert on how bitumen behaves in salt water.
Northern Gateway pipeline to be running by 2018, says Enbridge Project will be approved in 2014 and moving oil by 2018, company says
The Canadian Press Posted: Oct 02, 2013 6:46 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 02, 2013 7:44 AM PT
Fascinating, isn’t it, how these oily creeps assume that they are winning the fight…the fight hasn’t even begun, though Harpo and his puppeteers might argue the opposite..
Here we are, some of us believing that the ‘talks’ are ongoing, that nothing has been truly decided, and here they go spouting their words of smug acceptance, as if the discussion were (Read more…)
Nexen, the Chinese Communist Party’s anchor in Athabasca, is urging Canadian National Railways to start shipping bitumen by rail car to Prince Rupert where it can then be loaded on supertankers for transport to the Peoples’ Liberation Army and other users.
Apparently China is getting impatient with Comrade Steve’s inability to make headway on the Northern Gateway pipeline to Kitimat and so they’ve taken matters in their own hands. For some strange reason, opponents of the Northern Gateway aren’t mollified by the proposal to ship bitumen across B.C. by rail. This will give you some idea why:
Harper cabinet readies major B.C. pipelines push B.C. First Nations leaders to meet with key federal officials Sept. 23 in Vancouver By Chris Hall, national affairs editor, CBC News Posted: Sep 12, 2013 6:03 PM PT Last Updated: Sep 13, 2013 7:21 AM PT
We are ready for whatever BS ol’ Emperor Steve and the Klown Circus is ready to throw at us..what an ego! He prorogues for the nth time and then expects to sail into BC and ‘charm’ us into acceptance? That is a pathetic joke, and he will NOT succeed..we are prepared (Read more…)
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Alan Pyke observes that instead of reflecting any particular merit, massive payouts to CEOs are all too often made despite (or because of) executive incompetence and illegality: The best-paid CEOs in American business have overseen companies that were bailed out, been fired, and been caught committing fraud at alarming rates over the past 20 years, a new report finds. Out of the spots on an annual list of the highest-paid CEOs, nearly four in ten have gone to individuals who were eventually “Bailed Out, Booted, Busted,” according to the 2013 (Read more…)
A Vancouver-based environmental group ForestEthics and activist Donna Sinclair are suing the Harper government over new rules that drastically limit Canadians’ participation in pipeline project hearings and decisions relating to the energy industry.
The post ForestEthics sues Harper government over limits on pipeline hearings appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.
Miscellaneous material for your Monday reading.
- Bill Gardner discusses the effect of inequality and poverty starting at birth: There are three important facts packed into this slide. First, the lines stack up in order of increasing age, meaning that older people reported worse health than younger people. Second, all the lines slope downward, meaning that the poorer you were, the more likely you had poor health.
These facts are unsurprising, until you notice how powerful the income effect is. The leftmost point of the youngest (turquoise) line is above the rightmost point of the oldest (purple) line. This means that (Read more…)
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