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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 H… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Canadian common sense: Fee-and-dividend petition e-297 grabs James Hansen’s attention

The Canadian Progressive: 400 peaceful Keystone XL pipeline protesters arrested at White House

by: Obert Madondo

Nearly 400 youth were arrested on March 2 outside the White House during the XL Dissent, a non-violent, student-led action to stop TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline.

The students had marched from Georgetown University, where US President Barack Obama made a significant climate change speech last summer, to the White House.

“Oscar for . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: 400 peaceful Keystone XL pipeline protesters arrested at White House

Left Over: Rightwing Knuckledraggers Unite!!!!

 

Climate Change Scientist Calls Conservatives ‘Neanderthal’

CBC | Posted: 04/27/2013 8:03 am EDT | Updated: 04/27/2013 9:46 am EDT

 

This message is only marginally redundant..and the Conjobs could care less, or their supporters..after all the tar sands are newer than the dinosaur and plant remains that make up their bulk…what’s that, according to . . . → Read More: Left Over: Rightwing Knuckledraggers Unite!!!!

Politics and its Discontents: Leading Climate Scientist Responds To Joe Oliver And His ‘Neanderthal Government’ – UPDATED

The other day I wrote a blog post on one of our national disgraces, Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver. While in Washington recently promoting the proposed XL Keystone pipeline through the United States, Oliver took the opportunity to insult and denigrate one of the world’s leading climate-change scientists, James Hansen.

In an interview with . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Leading Climate Scientist Responds To Joe Oliver And His ‘Neanderthal Government’ – UPDATED

Politics and its Discontents: Climate Change – Much Worse Than We thought

James E. Hansen has some very impressive credentials. Not only has he headed the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies for 31 years, he is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia University.

But wait, there’s more:

Hansen is best known for his research . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Climate Change – Much Worse Than We thought

DeSmogBlog: Scientists Tell US State Department Excluding Climate Impacts in Keystone XL Review ‘Neither Wise nor Credible’

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Ten of the nation’s top climate scientists penned a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today questioning why the State Department isn't considering the enormous climate change impacts of developing the Alberta tar sands in its review of the controversial Keystone XL export pipeline project. 

“At the moment, your . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Scientists Tell US State Department Excluding Climate Impacts in Keystone XL Review ‘Neither Wise nor Credible’

DeSmogBlog: Oil Sands Fact Check: New API Front Group

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How do you sell a rotten bag of goods? Rule number one of effective propaganda: repackage it into something seemingly less grotesque.

In that spirit, the Houston Chronicle recently reported the American Petroleum Institute (API) has created yet another front group, this one to promote tar sands crude, one of the dirtiest sources of fuel in the world, as a safe and . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Oil Sands Fact Check: New API Front Group

DeSmogBlog: The Politics of Ice and Fire

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In late June of 1988, just under 24 years ago, NASA’s James Hansen testified before the U.S. Congress about global warming. He noted that the Earth had been remarkably warm in the months leading up to that moment, and said he was 99 percent certain that the overall warming trend in . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Politics of Ice and Fire

DeSmogBlog: The Guardian Exposes Fossil Funded Groups Coordinating Renewable Energy Attacks

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Ever wonder why a blooming green energy industry has faced such harsh opposition? Now, as the old adage goes, "the cat's out of the bag."

The Guardian today revealed the network of fossil-funded groups coordinating the ongoing onslaught of attacks on renewable energy, particularly wind power. A memorandum passed to The Guardian from the Checks and . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Guardian Exposes Fossil Funded Groups Coordinating Renewable Energy Attacks

Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Kevin Falcon

Kevin Falcon

Minister of Finance

Government of British Columbia

Dear Mr. Falcon,

During your budget speech yesterday, you announced that BC’s carbon tax will be frozen, and its place in our economy reexamined, after its final scheduled increase later this year. Forgive me if I am being presumptuous, but given the tepid support . . . → Read More: Song of the Watermelon: An Open Letter to Kevin Falcon

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tuesday At The Radio Show

I wish I could get it all together: the radio show, the podcast and the blog. Truth is I do it alone and simply run out of steam and so I keep my primary focus on the radio show and offering up an alternative to the bilge that the media spews forth daily. It’s simple, . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tuesday At The Radio Show

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tuesday At The Radio Show

I wish I could get it all together: the radio show, the podcast and the blog. Truth is I do it alone and simply run out of steam and so I keep my primary focus on the radio show and offering up an alternative to the bilge that the media spews forth daily. It’s simple, if you want to remain informed all you need is the desire coupled with the digital media. I’m going to start offering up my heavily linked posts once again as a tool for you and for myself so I can bring some sort of order to my radio show.

The U.S. State Department has announced that their chief investigator will review the Obama administration’s handling of a Canadian company’s request to pipe oil from western Canada to Texas, following complaints from 14 U.S. lawmakers. The review will look at the Keystone XL pipeline approval process, the controversial $7 billion project, a 2,735 kilometer pipeline proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada, and whether the State Department “and all other parties involved” in the project followed federal laws and regulations. This comes on the heels of  a protest on Sunday that saw more than 12,000 people show up to form a human chain around the White House in protest of the pipeline.

It’s also worthy of note that one of the world’s leading climatologists, James Hansen of NASA, says that so far as what little chance we have of stabilizing climate and avoiding the most disastrous global climate impacts if the tar sands are thrown into the mix it is essentially game over. Our Prime Minister, by the by, believes this all to be a “no-brainer.” Awesome choice of words dude!

Our PM, Harper stated that we would not recognize the country after he was through and clearly on his agenda is the dismantling of Canada’s social safety net. In Harper’s Canada the right to strike has been taken away from ordinary Canadians.

Here in Quebec we’re convinced that the Progressive Conservatives are completely uninterested in ever winning Quebec seats in parliament in the near future.

Internationally there is no more important story than the current ramping up of tensions between western powers and Iran. There has been a long stated desire by the neo-cons to wage war on Iran ever since they blundered their way into Iraq and created a power vacuum benefiting the Iranians. Just as it was before the Iraq war we are reading stories about statements being leaked anonymously that are surefire evidence of a nuclear weapons program under way that is the “greatest threat” to democracies everywhere!

The notion Iran would work to attain nuclear weapons in order to deploy them against Israel, the United States, or anyone else is a “virtual impossibility.” It would be suicide as they would find themselves incinerated in a retaliatory nuclear attack. It is the same use of fear and lies that we witnessed before the Iraq war and as Seymour Hersh wrote in the New Yorker that “despite years of covert operations inside Iran, extensive satellite imagery, and the recruitment of Iranian intelligence assets, the United States and its allies, including Israel, have been unable to find irrefutable evidence of an ongoing hidden nuclear-weapons program in Iran.”

 Those are the lead stories for Tuesday’s show — tune in here at 8 AM for lots more. . . . → Read More: NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: Tuesday At The Radio Show