Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Norman Farrell highlights how following the reversal of the HST transition, B.C. businesses haven’t given up on their goal of making sure that only individuals pay consumption taxes. – Jordan Press and Lee Berthiaume report on the lack of any recent effort to ensure that federal government buildings ...

Alberta Politics: A dispatch from the road: Enron and the power boys played Ralph Klein’s government for suckers

PHOTOS: With the revelations about how Enron and like companies got what they wanted from Ralph Klein’s government, are we seeing the sunset of Alberta’s disastrous experiment with electricity “deregulation”? Below: The old Kleinster himself and Enron’s logo as pricey corporate art. The release over the weekend by Alberta’s NDP government of an exchange of ...

Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Climate deals and pipeline steals

https://politicalehconomy.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/podcast-141128-oil-and-climate.mp3 Today’s episode is focused on the economics and politics of climate change, both more globally and locally. To get a global perspective on the state of climate negotiations and the recent US-China climate deal, I speak with Leigh Phillips, a science writer and journalist who has written for Nature, the EU Observer and many ...

Susan on the Soapbox: The Auditor General’s Report: Alberta’s “Enron” Moment

God bless Merwan Saher, Alberta’s Auditor General!  He grabbed the government by the scruff of the neck and gave it a shake for dragging us into the abyss of “Enron” accounting.  Sadly, the government refuses to budge and opaque financial reporting will continue. Merwan Saher has been a government auditor for 33 years.  He was ...

Cowichan Conversations: A number of people should go to jail for what has been done to BC Hyrdo!

Good Morning, Damien Gillis from the Commonsense Canadian produced and has made available this excellent interview that is shocking to say the least. In it Rafe questions economist Erik Anderson about the real story of what is happening and what has happened to BC Hydro and why. Part 1 of Rafe Mair’s July 2012 interview ...

DeSmogBlog: EOG Resources: The Gas Corporation That Does It All From Cradle to Grave

EOG Resources.jpg DeSmogBlog, on multiple occasions, has reported that the damage caused by hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" in the unconventional oil and gas industry goes far beyond water contamination, put in the spotlight by the documentary film "Gasland." The multi-pronged harms were tackled in a comprehensive manner in our report, "Fracking the Future." One corporation in particular, ...

DeSmogBlog: Sand Land: Frac Sand Mining in Western Wisconsin – Video Report by DeSmogBlog

Sand mine.jpg The rush to drill for unconventional gas, enabled by a process popularly known as "fracking," or hydraulic fracturing, has brought with it much collateral damage. Close observers know about contaminated water, earthquakes, and climate change impacts of the shale gas boom, but few look at the entire life cycle of fracking from cradle ...

DeSmogBlog: What Chesapeake Energy’s Financial Scandals Mean For The Rest of Us

Chesapeake-McClendon.png Given radioactive wastewater, earthquakes, and flammable tap water, one might think that drilling and fracking could not possibly have any more dirty secrets. But here’s the biggest secret of all: it’s expensive. With natural gas at historic low prices – the Wall Street Journal ran a column recently suggesting that the price of gas ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Big-Oil Monopolies Engage in Price-Gouging

Last week Exxon-Mobil announced their 2011 third-quarter earnings, reporting $10.3 billion in profits, which is an increase of 41 percent from the same period last year. So far, Exxon has earned over $31 billion in profits in the first nine months of the year. It needs to be noted that Exxon-Mobil is also one of ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Big-Oil Monopolies Engage in Price-Gouging

Last week Exxon-Mobil announced their 2011 third-quarter earnings, reporting $10.3 billion in profits, which is an increase of 41 percent from the same period last year. So far, Exxon has earned over $31 billion in profits in the first nine months of the year. It needs to be noted that Exxon-Mobil is also one of ...