The Disaffected Lib: Texans and Frogs. What Do They Have in Common?

It’s pretty hard to exaggerate our indifference to early-onset impacts of climate change.  They’re here, they’re worsening before our eyes and, more often than not, we ignore them.  Some call it the “boiling frog” syndrome. The New Republic offers up a cautionary tale of drought-stricken Texas and the collapse of the state’s once legendary cattle industry. ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Obama Punts Keystone XL (Again) — Harper Learns a Lesson in Humility (Maybe)

“If you were a betting man (or woman) what odds would you place on President Obama approving the Keystone XL pipeline before the end of his term and why?” Ms Soapbox posed the question to a panel* discussing the future of Alberta’s energy industry. The panelists, bless their hearts, didn’t leave the stage en masse…partly ...

The Disaffected Lib: The Buffalo’s Revenge

America’s historic bread basket, the Great Plains, is just about finished.   Like the Canadian prairie, the Great Plains was a massive expanse of grassland inhabited by migratory creatures and native tribes that moved with them. Then the white man showed up.   First to go were the buffalo, next the Indians.   The buffalo were killed off.   ...