Accidental Deliberations: Deep thought

Some of us might offer a lot more outrage over the histrionics in response to Justin Trudeau’s statement of fact on the need to phase out fossil fuels if his own attack dogs hadn’t fomented the exact same hysteria when it suited their purposes.

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Evening Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Anis Chowdhury refutes the theory that top-heavy tax cuts have anything to do with economic development: Cross-country research has found no relationship between changes in top marginal tax rates and growth between 1960 and 2010. For example, during this period, the US cut its top rate by ...

The Canadian Progressive: Manitoba Chiefs Suing Trudeau Over Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline Approval

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is suing the Trudeau government over its approval of Enbridge’s Line 3 tar sands pipeline. First Nations leaders have repeatedly stated that no genuine reconciliation is possible as long as Canada continues to approve fossil fuel-based projects that threaten their communities and the planet. The post Manitoba Chiefs Suing Trudeau ...

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading. – Stephen Hawking discusses the urgent need to address inequality and environmental destruction as people are both more fearful for their futures, and more aware of what’s being taken away from them: (T)he lives of the richest people in the most prosperous parts of the world are agonisingly visible ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s $3.3bn fossil fuel subsidies undermine climate action: Report

Canada’s $3.3 billion in federal and provincial subsidies to fossil fuel companies undermine climate action, says a new study by four prominent Canadian environmental groups. The post Canada’s $3.3bn fossil fuel subsidies undermine climate action: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Jake Kivanc points out that what little job growth Canada can claim primarily involves precarious work. And Nora Loreto discusses the crucial link between labour and social change: (T)o confront climate change, we must imagine the role of workers in the transition to an oil-free economy: how ...

The Canadian Progressive: How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors

Yes! Magazine co-founder Sarah van Gelder outlines the four reasons communities led by indigenous people all over the United States are winning against the war against the powerful and deep-pocketed fossil fuel industry. The post How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Alex Himelfarb discusses why a proportional electoral system can be expected to produce better and more representative public policy: The adversarial approach often means major policy lurches when the government changes. For example, the Harper government undid some important initiatives of the previous government, including the Kelowna Accord, ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Mariana Mazzucato makes the case for a progressive message of shared wealth creation: A progressive economic agenda must have at its heart an understanding of wealth creation as a collective process. Yes, businesses are wealth creators, but they do not create wealth alone. Workers, public institutions and civil ...

The Canadian Progressive: G20 ignores global public’s call to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies

G20 energy ministers’ meeting in Beijing this week failed to come up with a deadline and concrete plans for eliminating fossil fuel subsidies. The meeting followed last month’s commitment by G7 leaders to phase out fossil fuel handouts by 2025. The post G20 ignores global public’s call to eliminate fossil fuel subsidies appeared first on ...

Montreal Simon: The Burning Planet and the Nasty Surprise

It's going to be a really hot weekend in the place where I live, so I'm hoping to spend as much time as possible at the beach.But I wonder how much longer I'll be able to do that, as the world just keeps getting hotter and hotter.Read more »

The Canadian Progressive: Canadian common sense: Fee-and-dividend petition e-297 grabs James Hansen’s attention

In a blog post published Monday, the former NASA scientist applauded petition e-297, a new petition that’s urging the House of Commons to steer Canada away from fossil fuels. The post Canadian common sense: Fee-and-dividend petition e-297 grabs James Hansen’s attention appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan”, Pipelines

A new report outlines the “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan” and the energy giant’s proposed $5.4 billion Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The post “Top 7 Reasons You Can’t Trust Kinder Morgan”, Pipelines appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: Divest from damage and invest in a healthier future

Environmentalist David Suzuki on why fossil fuels are a bad investment for Canada. If we’re genuine about meeting the 2015 Paris Agreement climate change commitments, now is the time to divest. The post David Suzuki: Divest from damage and invest in a healthier future appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Cowichan Conversations: Disobedience-The Rise Of Global Fossil Fuel Resistance

  It has become crystal clear that our governments will only move as far and fast as they have to. The pressure from the corporate fossil fuel world, their bankers, and their obedient politicians Read more…

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines

On Wednesday, over 40 Canadian groups wrote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal cabinet and urged them to reject the pressure to champion the expansion of tar sands operations and pipelines. The post Trudeau urged to reject pressure to champion expansion of tar sands operations, pipelines appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Statement On The Passing Of The NDP Leap Resolution

Statement by the Leap Manifesto Organizing Team on the passing of the Leap Resolution by the New Democratic Party of Canada. The Leap is “a call for a Canada based on caring for the earth and one another.” The post Statement On The Passing Of The NDP Leap Resolution appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Environmental Law Alert Blog: This Earth Day: Celebrating the campaign to get local government out of the fossil fuel business

Friday, April 22, 2016 To celebrate Earth Day 2016, we’re highlighting the remarkable work of Divest Victoria and their campaign – with help from our Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund (EDRF) – to allow communities across BC to divest from fossil fuels. As a result of their work, this August BC’s local governments will be considering ...

Michal Rozworski: Why Alberta shouldn’t look to Norway, and why that’s a reason to Leap

One of the clearest memories I have from my only trip to Norway is the repeated failures at hitching a ride. What appeared to be an unbroken string of brand new Audi’s and BMW’s whizzed by my friend and I, dirty and sweaty after a few days hiking and camping in the mountains. “Where am I ...

The Canadian Progressive: Al Gore, US Attorneys Generals Announce Historic Pursuit Of Climate Change Deniers: Why Canadians Should Care

Earlier this week, former U.S. vice president Al Gore and several U.S. state attorneys generals announced “historic effort to combat climate change” – by going after fossil fuel climate deniers. The post Al Gore, US Attorneys Generals Announce Historic Pursuit Of Climate Change Deniers: Why Canadians Should Care appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Naomi Klein on Hillary Clinton: “I Don’t Trust Her on Climate at All” [VIDEO]

Prominent Canadian journalist Naomi Klein told Al Jazeera this week that she doesn’t trust US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on climate change. The post Naomi Klein on Hillary Clinton: “I Don’t Trust Her on Climate at All” [VIDEO] appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Justin Trudeau and the Continuing Saga of Canadian Apathy

A recent poll shows strong support for the Trudeau government in Canada, and I have to think, once again, that it is surprising to see that Canadians can be so uncritical and unquestioning of their government. Yes, Harper was defeated, and yes, that was a good thing. But the current government under Trudeau Jr. is ...

The Canadian Progressive: Energy East pipeline opposed by Montreal, Quebec mayors

Montreal mayor Denis Coderre and mayors from other prominent Quebec municipalities have come out against TransCanada’s proposed Energy East pipeline. Energy East’s potential risks, which include catastrophic oil spills, far outweigh the pipeline’s possible economic benefits. The post Energy East pipeline opposed by Montreal, Quebec mayors appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: We are the world; we must act on that understanding

The world celebrated Canada’s new equality-conscious Liberal government and its embrace of key global issues such as climate change. Still, Canada’s environmentalists have work to do, argues David Suzuki. The post David Suzuki: We are the world; we must act on that understanding appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: David Sizuki: Paris Agreement marks a global shift for climate

The Paris Agreement is the “first universal accord to spell out ways to confront climate change”, marks a global shift, argues environmentalist David Suzuki. The agreement requires Canada and other developed countries to ditch fossil fuels and embrace 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050, and developing countries by 2080. The post David Sizuki: Paris ...