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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Wants It Both Ways on #carbontax

The Premier says Saskatchewan doesn’t make a difference in world pollution because of our small population, despite our world-record pollution rate when measured on a per-capita basis. Then he argues to keep Canadian money from going to where in the world it will make the biggest difference in reducing emissions immediately. A journalist asked him . . . → Read More: Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Wall Wants It Both Ways on #carbontax

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Baseload Mistake

One of the hangups some of my friends have about converting the electrical grid to renewable energy, has been the difficulty in storing electricity generated for use when energy input is reduced. Tesla Energy should help with that logistical problem.

Energy storage no longer an excuse. Did Tesla just spur a tipping point . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Baseload Mistake

Accidental Deliberations: On radioactive proposals

Never mind Brad Wall’s hand-picked group of nuclear industry shills using public money to further their own profits found that nuclear power is not price-competitive even among an artificially limited set of options absent a substantial carbon price – and that Wall himself refuses to set one.

And never mind that a subsequent public consultation . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On radioactive proposals

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 . . . → Read More: Political Eh-conomy: Political Eh-conomy Radio: Climate deals and pipeline steals

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Take a Narrow Health Site Survey

This sort of survey isn’t going to make the best website possible for our country.

I found the survey easy to take, but the results will be skewed toward the menu options listed, instead of answering the question ask which was “where would I look for X”, which is “Google”. Making sure existing links continue . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Take a Narrow Health Site Survey

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar Power for all Saskatchewan households

A recent poll has shown that nuclear power doesn’t have majority support in Saskatchewan, and I think that’s fine. My own family has mixed attitudes toward it. My parents, who own 17 solar panels, wouldn’t mind seeing nuclear power in Saskatchewan, while I oppose the waste-producing nuclear technology available today.

A 2010 study by the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Solar Power for all Saskatchewan households

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week.

– Diane Coyle offers a preview of Thomas Piketty’s upcoming book on inequality – featuring a prediction that absent some significant public policy intervention, we may see a return to 19th-century levels of concentration of wealth.

– Meanwhile, Murray Dobbin calls for 2014 to be the year of living . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Bill Longstaff: Pembina praises Ontario’s new energy plan

The Pembina Institute, one of the country’s leading environmental advocacy organizations, has good things to say about Ontario’s new long-term energy plan.

In a press release this week, the Institute praised the province for wisely investing in conservation. According to Tim Weis, Pembina’s director of renewable energy and efficiency policy, “Energy efficiency is the . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Pembina praises Ontario’s new energy plan

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Uranium Subsidies to Kazakhstan

Here’s an important story for Canadians, and Saskatchewanians in particular, which doesn’t have to do with the Riders or the Senate scandal.

The Green Party of Saskatchewan (GPS) wants to know why the Wall Government is still subsidizing Cameco. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) recently reported that Cameco owes $850-million in back taxes. And just . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canadian Uranium Subsidies to Kazakhstan

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

This and that for your Labour Day reading.

– Jared Bernstein writes about the fight for fair wages in the U.S. fast food and retail industries. And Karen McVeigh notes that political decision-makers are starting to try to get in front of the parade of workers seeking a reasonable standard of living: Organisers said the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Fukushima Keeps Staying The Worst

It’s always been /worse/. And it just keeps staying tragically the same. It’s remained a global crisis with hemispheric deadly consequences. Japan could still wind up largely uninhabitable (if it isn’t already). Canada could suffer directly a great deal.

Steam and non-water vapour has been off-gassed since the beginning.

The supporters of nuclear power have . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Fukushima Keeps Staying The Worst

the reeves report: Great Lakes nuclear map shows troubling hot spots

Original Production by Irene Kock. Updated by Anna Tilman, April 2013, International Institute of Concern for Public Health

Ontarians may have no idea of the volume of nuclear-related facilities in the Great Lakes basin, but a new map offers a clear picture. The Great Lakes Nuclear Hot Spots Map recently created by Great . . . → Read More: the reeves report: Great Lakes nuclear map shows troubling hot spots

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Coal Hard Truth #skpoli

“We depend too much on coal” — @MayorMandel #p2syyc; glad someone said that too— Chris Turner (@theturner) May 29, 2013

.@MMandryk IEA says we have ~3 years left (worldwide) to stop building coal power to avoid 450ppm. SaskParty renewables investment is poor.— Saskboy K. (@saskboy) May 29, 2013

The Leader-Post may be giving kudos to . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Coal Hard Truth #skpoli

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Gag A Town

A very disturbing bit of news from northern Saskatchewan is getting some press recently. This was sent to me on the weekend about a gag order issued for Canadian citizens in a northern community named Pinehouse. Pinehouse’s political leadership may sign away their citizens’ constitutional rights (which isn’t legal, obviously), so store nuclear waste.

TAKE . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Gag A Town

Bill Longstaff: Why does Britain have nuclear weapons?

There’s a lot of talk these days about the possibility of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Britain’s government is one of the voices adamant that it must not be allowed to do so. Oddly, no one has raised the obvious question, Why does the UK have nuclear weapons?

Iran, although insisting it has no intention of . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Why does Britain have nuclear weapons?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: As Close As We’ll Get

SaskAdapt.ca feels like waving the white flag, but it is an important website, and a project at the UofR. It’s also the closest we’ll get to an admission from the Sask Party government that climate change is real, and is a grave threat to our people (and every living thing today).

Speaking of this, . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: As Close As We’ll Get

Bill Longstaff: Fukushima—Japan’s remarkable mea culpa

There are mea culpas and there are mea culpas. The report by an independent commission on the nuclear disaster at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant is a dandy. In the preface to the report the commission chairman, Kiyoshi Kurokawa, a medical doctor and professor emeritus at Tokyo University, laid it on without mercy. “Its fundamental causes,” . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Fukushima—Japan’s remarkable mea culpa

Blunt Objects: Weapons Grade Uranium Going to the U.S.? Quel surprise.

Yep, that’s right folks – Canada, one of the largest uranium producers (if not, really, the best) is shipping weapons-grade uranium, apparently enough to make more than a few Hiroshima-size bombs, to the United States, travelling throughout our fair land in collision-resistant, anti-theft, super-duper-controlled containers that you just know are going to fail and poison/kill/mutate . . . → Read More: Blunt Objects: Weapons Grade Uranium Going to the U.S.? Quel surprise.

David Climenhaga's Alberta Diary: Rust never sleeps … and neither do tar sands nuclear power boosters

Grande Prairie, or some other northwestern town in Alberta’s Peace Country, as it’s sure to be portrayed by the nuclear industry. Not exactly as illustrated, but then, these things never turn out to be exactly as illustrated, do they? GRANDE PRAIRIE,… . . . → Read More: David Climenhaga’s Alberta Diary: Rust never sleeps … and neither do tar sands nuclear power boosters

Accidental Deliberations: On nuclear testing

One of the obvious questions facing Saskatchewan voters in the lead up to this fall’s election is that of how much credit (if any) Brad Wall and his government should be able to claim for economic gains based mostly on favourable resource prices. So le… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On nuclear testing

Bill Longstaff: Fukushima—radiation damage that just won’t quit

I admit to a love-hate relationship with nuclear power. One day I am all for it because of the large amounts of relatively green power it can provide. I wonder if we can seriously reduce our dependence on fossil fuels without it. And then an incident l… . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Fukushima—radiation damage that just won’t quit

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Nuclear Insurance Fraud

Have you wondered why so many people oppose nuclear power generation when there are so many ads claiming there’s a “nuclear Renaissance” and that it’s “green” or “sustainable” and free of greenhouse gas emissions? There are smart people like George Monbiot, and even my dad who think there’s room for nuclear power on our grid. […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Nuclear Insurance Fraud

Mind of Dan: Irregular Climate Episode 21: Ironic frozen deniers

On this episode: German nukes, safety nukes, underwater nukes and jelly nukes, another pseudo-scandal in a teapot, the true cost of gas, GHG emissions reach record breaking levels and the weather goes berserk while crazy deniers predict an ice age, The disgusting harassment of scientists, Christy Crocks, the Kyoto protocol is finally dead, and a delicious […] . . . → Read More: Mind of Dan: Irregular Climate Episode 21: Ironic frozen deniers

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Andrew Jackson points out and sums up a Statistics Canada study showing how much possible revenue is lost to the underground economy:Statscan have produced interesting and important new estimates of the upper b… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Afternoon Links

Accidental Deliberations: On selloffs

Sure, it takes some effort to pull a sweetheart deal out of the wreckage of AECL. But we probably shouldn’t be surprised that the Cons seem to have pulled off the feat:Versant Partners analyst Neil Linsdell told CBC News there’s still a market for the … . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On selloffs