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Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- In the wake of yesterday’s Brexit vote, David Dayen points out how the failure of technocratic policy left many voters believing they had nothing to lose in abandoning the European Union. Dawn Foster highlights the r… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post Sees Coal Future As Reality

The Leader Post published my letter, and a couple weeks later Murray Mandryk cites the same inexplicable 30-40 years canard. He also makes the same conclusion as Johnstone, which is to not cut our losses on the project. “Even some strident environmental groups recognize clean coal technology” Can anyone name even one? “replacement of dirty […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Leader Post Sees Coal Future As Reality

Things Are Good: China Aims to Decrease Meat Consumption by 50%

Consuming meat as part of your diet increases your carbon footprint by a large factor. It take a lot more energy to produce meat than it does to produce plants. Indeed, many institutions have called for people around the world to consume less meat while increasing their fruits and veggies intake. China has issued new […]

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Cowichan Conversations: Climate change and the inevitable collapse of the over priced housing market

The ever increasing housing prices in Greater Vancouver and to a somewhat lesser extent Greater Victoria will eventually fall to the physical reality that what goes up must come down. The hot market cannot last Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Climate change and the inevitable collapse of the over priced housing market

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: If Earth Was A Restaurant From The 1990s

One of the big problems with climate change, is even if Europe and Asia manage to create low carbon infrastructure and societies, it’s like a non-smoking section of a restaurant. Remember those? Saskatchewan banned smoking in restaurants by about 2005, so we got out of the habit of asking, “Non-smoking table for two, please.” We […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: If Earth Was A Restaurant From The 1990s

Cowichan Conversations: Tsartlip Elder Takes Gordon Wilson To Task At North Saanich-Steelhead LNG Meeting

Independent film maker Gary McNutt captured this exchange at the Sidney LNG meeting a couple of weeks ago. Tsartlip Elder Fraser Smith was not taking any bullshit from Premier Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson. Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Tsartlip Elder Takes Gordon Wilson To Task At North Saanich-Steelhead LNG Meeting

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Take Your Mind Off Things

Sometimes The Beaverton really understands me. This morning on CBC Morning Edition, Sheila Coles had Mark Jacobson as a guest. He’s a Stanford professor who I mentioned in my letter to the editor a couple weeks ago. Anyway, I learned a lot of great points about transitioning to a Wind, Water, Solar (WWS) electrical system […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Take Your Mind Off Things

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Rafael Gomez and Juan Gomez offer a look at the state of Canadian workplace democracy, as well as some useful proposals to improve it.- The New York Times editorial board points out how the U.S.’ temporary work… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Clark getting free ride from media, Horgan just dropping ball

Rafe is going after Christy, John Horgan and the mostly missing in action corporate media. It will be damn interesting to see how Horgan rolls out his election campaign in what can be described as Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Rafe: Clark getting free ride from media, Horgan just dropping ball

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gas Production, not Power Byproduct

This clip makes it seem as if CCS is more about producing gas to enhance oil recovery, and not so much about trapping a dangerous byproduct of dirty electricity production. As a result of the renegotiation though, Cenovus is not required to take 100 per cent of the C02 output, meaning less revenue coming into […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Gas Production, not Power Byproduct

Things Are Good: The Future Is Now Relevant In American Courts

There’s a new tactic for environmentalists using the court system to change the world: argue that the government has a responsibility to protect people. The argument environmentalists can use is broadly known as “public trust” and how it relates to certain institutions and what they do. It is basically the notion that we a citizens […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Lisa Phillips writes about the desperate need for Canadian courts to ensure a fair tax system, rather than allowing technicalities and loopholes to win out over the principle that everybody should pay a fair shar… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.- Yvan Guillemette discusses the need for public-sector investment in economic development to make up for the massive amounts of private capital sitting idle. And Daniel Kahnemann challenges the theory that cor… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Oil’s Four Letter Word Defender

Brad Wall seems to only ever be speaking to oil executives about oil and gas. Does he understand anything else? Are there any examples of our Premier meeting recently with organizations other than Big Oil and Gas? Anytime he’s trying to boost the province’s economy, it’s coal this, oil that. Meanwhile, the renewable energy sector […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Oil’s Four Letter Word Defender

Cowichan Conversations: The shine on the B.C. Liberals’ liquefied natural gas dream has dulled considerably

It was a comfort to read this Times Colonist editorial driven in part by the appalling behaviour and economy with accuracy of Christy Clark’s LNG pimp Gordon Wilson. The former leader of the BC Liberal’s, Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The shine on the B.C. Liberals’ liquefied natural gas dream has dulled considerably

Things Are Good: Ontario Adopts $8.3 Billion Climate Change Plan

Climate change is the biggest threat to human wellbeing and if we don’t do anything about it’s inevitable that society as we know it will collapse. This is why nations around the world are acting to change their policies and support things like renewable energy and better water conservation. There are so many minor changes […]

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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Andre Picard writes about the devastating effects of widespread social isolation, particularly given its connection to poverty: All told, it is estimated that about six million Canadians live an isola… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Afternoon Links

Cowichan Conversations: No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

Photo Credit Peter Rusland   By Peter Rusland-South Cowichan Echo No LNG in the Saanich Inlet. That resounding message was handed to the Malahat First Nation, Steelhead LNG and the feds during an emotionally Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: No LNG in the Saanich Inlet.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

SaskPower’s latest consultant on renewable energy might be Pinocchio. 8. In "researching how to incorporate more" #solar power, I wonder how publishing deceptive info-graphics was found to help #PowerToGrow? — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) June 7, 2016 Their misinformation about renewable energy intentionally leaves out the point that our power mix is not entirely coal, hydro, […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: SaskPower’s Power To Grow A Nose

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Stranded Assets, Saskatchewan Style

A report by a little known government entity says what I have been saying about pipelines stranding assets: Its overall conclusion, however, urges caution when it comes to long-term investments in pipelines and other oil and gas infrastructure. Such investments “could be at high risk of becoming economically unviable as prices in renewable electricity further […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Stranded Assets, Saskatchewan Style

A Puff of Absurdity: Avoiding the Lesser of Two Evils

It’s not my country, but what happens in America affect the world. And we’re right next door. The Left Forum had a panel discussion a couple weeks ago with Glen Ford, Chris Hedges, and Jill Stein, chaired by Linda Thompson, that’s worth… . . . → Read More: A Puff of Absurdity: Avoiding the Lesser of Two Evils

Cowichan Conversations: Luke Cross At The Elizabeth May-Chief Don Tom, Dr. Eion Finn Meeting

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Cowichan Conversations: Steelhead LNG Sponsored The North Saanich Town Hall Meeting On The Proposed Floating LNG Facility

Overwhelming Opposition Voiced at The Rigged Town Hall Meeting The near 600 people who attended the May 31st ‘Town Hall Meeting’ held in Sidney called by North Saanich Council faced a security Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Steelhead LNG Sponsored The North Saanich Town Hall Meeting On The Proposed Floating LNG Facility

Cowichan Conversations: The Chill In Shawnigan Lake Heats Up-SLAPP Suits Alleged

Libel Chill has been a part of the arsenal corporations have used for years to stifle debate, discussion and criticism of controversial matters of conflict. Of course from their view, it is to protect themselves Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: The Chill In Shawnigan Lake Heats Up-SLAPP Suits Alleged

Cowichan Conversations: No part of the word ‘clean’ should be used in association with LNG

One thing that folks living in and around Howe Sound and those of us on the Islands is that we are both facing LNG developments that fly in the face of need, economic benefits, threaten Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: No part of the word ‘clean’ should be used in association with LNG