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We Pivot: The Globe and Mail Just Punked the Leap Manifesto

You’ll notice in this graphic that as the Leap Manifesto linked to an anti-pipeline op-ed in the Globe and Mail in Facebook, the subhead brutally misrepresented the article. Either it was an error, sadly, or it was an intentional opposite … [Read more]

We Pivot: This Week in “Huh?” Ivanka, Justin, Elon

As we pivot to the new, sustainable world defeating this current wave of fascism and climate change deniers, let’s look back at this week to keep abreast of the contempt flung at us and where we can find hope. Remember, … [Read more]

We Pivot: Consent, Not Consultation, Or Else

If you’re looking for what real leadership looks like, it’s this.

UBCIC Grand Chief Stewart Phillip once again demonstrated what integrity looks like as the federal government once again tries to waffle on commitments and listening to the Supreme Court.

Not only has the prime minister floated a trial balloon recently about how we don’t . . . → Read More: We Pivot: Consent, Not Consultation, Or Else

We Pivot: Let’s Fix Canada’s Green Energy Posture

Ok, there are clearly two problems with Justin Harper’s approach to green energy, among so many others.

Here, read this, then read on to see what Canada should look like:

The declining cost of rooftop solar panels — down over 90 per cent since 2000 — has offered hope for increasing small-scale electricity generation.

Industry . . . → Read More: We Pivot: Let’s Fix Canada’s Green Energy Posture

We Pivot: You Probably Already Support Postal Banking Too

CUPW, the union for Canada Post workers, has had some innovative ideas lately which the Harper and Trudeau governments are, not surprisingly, not too keen on.

Both governments pursue a neoliberal privatization agenda. Public services like CBC and Canada Post provide no profit layer to companies because they exist as public services. Privatizing them lets . . . → Read More: We Pivot: You Probably Already Support Postal Banking Too

Politics and its Discontents: Magical Thinking, No; Progress, Yes

As every critically-aware person well knows, we are facing some pretty daunting challenges; the most pressing is clearly climate change, more urgent with each passing day as we are regularly reminded of the ravages it is wreaking around the world. Resp… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Magical Thinking, No; Progress, Yes

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

Why does the Canadian government continue to subsidize the oil industry with billions of dollars a year when the environmental crisis demands the opposite, and when investment in energy efficiency, conservation and green energy create many more jobs? Why does Canada import 40% of the oil we consume when we produce enough to meet all . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada

350 or bust: The Time Is Now

In the United States, the transition to a clean energy economy is already underway. Climate-concerned citizens are calling on candidates in next year’s federal election to show their plan to power the country with 50% clean energy by 2030. The time for a job-creating, climate-stabilizing clean energy revolution is NOW. * Go to https://nextgenclimate.org/ to . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The Time Is Now

Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario’s brave new cap and trade program

The Globe and Mail just broke the story on what will likely be the defining component of Kathleen Wynne’s legacy: The Ontario Liberals are introducing a big cap and trade plan. Details are sparse as yet, but it looks like they will be joining the … . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario’s brave new cap and trade program

Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario’s brave new cap and trade program

The Globe and Mail just broke the story on what will likely be the defining component of Kathleen Wynne’s legacy: The Ontario Liberals are introducing a big cap and trade plan. Details are sparse as yet, but it looks like they will be joining the Quebec/California regime. This is huge news, especially given Ontario’s relative . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario’s brave new cap and trade program

atypicalalbertan.ca: 9 ways Alberta should manage resources better

Sometime toward the end of November, the Alberta government will release their 2nd quarter fiscal update. Finance Minister Robin Campbell will likely tell us that the second quarter was another good quarter but that the good news is coming to an end and the 1st quarter projection of a $3 Billion bonus will be revised. . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan.ca: 9 ways Alberta should manage resources better

atypicalalbertan: 9 WAYS ALBERTA SHOULD MANAGE RESOURCES BETTER

Sometime toward the end of November, the Alberta government will release their 2nd quarter fiscal update. Finance Minister Robin Campbell will likely tell us that the second quarter was another good quarter but that the good news is coming to an end and the 1st quarter projection of a $3 Billion bonus will be revised. The reason of course … Continue reading 9 WAYS ALBERTA SHOULD MANAGE RESOURCES BETTER . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: 9 WAYS ALBERTA SHOULD MANAGE RESOURCES BETTER

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Energy In Ontario: The State Of Play

The controversy around Ontario’s Green Energy Act has faded since the OLP won their majority.  Konrad Yakabuski can whine as much (and as inaccurately) as he wants, but Ontario anti-wind activists are basically left to pound sand for the next couple of years, losing in court and before the Ontario ERT and handing lawyer Eric Gillespie . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Energy In Ontario: The State Of Play

Politics and its Discontents: A Mound Of Sound Guest Post: The Relentless Growth of CO2

I put this item together a while ago but I was reminded of it today while reading a report from the WMO, the World Meteorological Organization, that April will go in the books as the first month in which atmospheric CO2 topped 400 ppm throughout the northern hemisphere. Not just one nasty region here . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Mound Of Sound Guest Post: The Relentless Growth of CO2

Politics and its Discontents: Another Informed Star Reader

Christine Penner Polle of Red Lake offers some observations that I suspect few but the most ardent ideologues would dispute:

Re: Ottawa plans cuts to climate programs, March 12

Have we Canadians fallen down the rabbit hole? We are living in a Mad Hatter world where our federal government is slashing funding to Environment . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Informed Star Reader

Politics and its Discontents: Ingenuity And Goodwill

Sometimes, seemingly intractable problems can be solved through a combination of ingenuity and goodwill. This story, about a solar lamp that initially seemed out of the financial reach of African villagers, is one such example:

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BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Farm Opponents Out Six Figures

A group of landowners who unsuccessfully sued a wind power developer and the farm corporation that leased it land have been ordered to pay legal costs of $107,370.78.

The 21 landowners near Collingwood sued wpd Canada Corp. and Beattie Brothers Farms for more than $17 million over the plans to develop the wind farm, arguing . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Farm Opponents Out Six Figures

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Energy And Property Values In Ontario, Part Whatever…

An interesting decision came down this week re wind energy and property values in Ontario.  Before getting to the actual contents of it, though, lets see how the thing is being spun.  This piece from Farms.com  is fairly typical:

An Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined that landowners living near industrial wind turbine projects . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Energy And Property Values In Ontario, Part Whatever…

The Canadian Progressive: Clean energy progress too slow to limit climate change, says report

By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: An annual report by International Energy Agency (IEA) says the development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit climate change. “The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled,” said aid Maria van der Hoeven, the IEA’s executive director, during the presentation of the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Clean energy progress too slow to limit climate change, says report

350 or bust: Next, Kansas Republicans Plan To Outlaw Sunshine

* No matter how hard the fossil fools try to stuff the renewable energy genie back into the bottle (click here to read more about Kansas’s latest back-the-past bill), the green energy economy is growing. For example, in March 2013 the number of Australian homes with solar power systems passed the one million mark, according . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Next, Kansas Republicans Plan To Outlaw Sunshine

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: CAW Owned and Operated Wind Turbine Begins Operation in Port Elgin, ON

By: Canadian Auto Workers Union | Press Release PORT ELGIN, ON – A CAW owned and operated wind turbine started operating today generating clean wind energy to the electrical grid in Port Elgin, Ontario. “This is an important day as the start-up of this wind turbine marks an environmental milestone for our union […]

The . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: CAW Owned and Operated Wind Turbine Begins Operation in Port Elgin, ON

350 or bust: Canadian Democracy on Decline, While Renewable Energy Surges In Other Countries

I’m on the road this week doing several climate change presentations to various Catholic organizations and churches, so I have very little time to spend on the computer. Here’s a few of the graphics I came across when I popped onto Facebook this morning – click on them to read more. I may not have . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canadian Democracy on Decline, While Renewable Energy Surges In Other Countries

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Flash! Margaret Wente Makes Error In Column!

I’m shocked!  shocked!  And I’d forgotten she’s on the BOD of Energy Probe, which is probably where she picks up most of of anti-renewable nonsense in the first place.

350 or bust: The History of Climate Negotiations In 83 Seconds

While the east coast of the U.S. continues to deal with the impacts of Frankenstorm Sandy, and the global food prices rise because of a climate destabilized by our carbon pollution, and the poorest of the poor who have done the least to cause this prob… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The History of Climate Negotiations In 83 Seconds

DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?

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At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, former Vice President Al Gore called the possibility of fossil fuel corporations extracting oil shale "utter insanity." 

Insanity, though, doesn't serve as a hinderance for deeply entrenched and powerful fossil fuel interests.

Oil shale, also known as kerogen, should not be confused with shale gas . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?