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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Arthur Neslen points out how new trade agreements figure to make it impossible for governments to meet their environmental commitments. And Corporate Europe Observatory highlights how the CETA will give investors the ability to dictate public policy.

– The Economist discusses the effect of high executive compensation in the U.S., and finds that corporations that shovel exceptionally large amounts of pay to their CEO get sub-par returns for their money.

– Penney Kome writes that the sugar industry’s work to mislead the public about its own health represents just one more example of the dangers of presuming that an undiluted profit motive is anything but antithetical to the public interest.

– On the bright side, Giles Parkinson notes that on a level playing field, solar power has become more affordable than any alternative no matter how dirty.

– Finally, Owen Jones discusses how a strong progressive movement needs to respond to being unfairly dismissed and derided by the corporate media:

A defeatist attitude – and a condescending one, too – says that the media programme people with what to think, reducing the electorate to Murdoch-brainwashed zombies. But a clever approach can neutralise media hostility. Take Sadiq Khan: he was subjected to one of the most vicious political campaigns in postwar Britain, portrayed by the press – including London’s dominant newspaper, the Evening Standard – as the pawn of Islamist fundamentalist extremists. He could have bellowed his frustration every single day, and would have been more than entitled to do so. But he didn’t. He focused on a positive, optimistic message, and not only won the election – he had glowing personal ratings, too.

Momentum, too, presented a masterclass last weekend in dealing with hostile media. Rather than taking aggressive swipes at the media, it framed a response to Dispatches before it was even aired. It projected disappointment rather than fury; it gave a platform to Momentum activists who contrasted sharply with the media portrayal; it was witty; and it showcased what it actually did, using the attack as an opportunity to get its own message across. And there is a lesson there. The left is bitterly accustomed to living with almost farcically hostile media in a country where the press is as much a sophisticated political lobbyist as a means of information. A natural response is to become grouchy, to shake fists angrily, or simply boycott the media altogether. It’s an approach that fires up some of the most dedicated leftwing activists, but it’s a strategic mistake. And both Khan and Momentum show the left can rebut media hostility – and even thrive.

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.- Tim Harford discusses John Maynard Keynes’ failed prediction that workers would continue to win increased leisure time over the past few decades:(I)t is worth teasing out the nature and extent of Keynes’s error… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

Assorted content for your weekend reading.

– Tom Sullivan’s advice for Democrats south of the border that it’s essential to reach out to dispossessed voters of all types of backgrounds with a compelling alternative to the status quo is equally relevant to progressives in Canada.

– But the good news is that here, somebody’s actually . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Saturday Morning Links

350 or bust: Google Goes Solar, Harper Government Faltering, And Other Good News

Anybody else need some good news on this Friday, the last one in May? There certainly enough bad news out there, but here’s a few bright spots: * As a Canadian who has, since 2006, watched the federal government of Stephen Harper dismantle our country’s environmental regulations, muzzle government scientists, and ignore climate change, it . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Google Goes Solar, Harper Government Faltering, And Other Good News

350 or bust: Our Current Energy Policy Is Insane

earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 21, 2012: Solar power to the people!

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On Earthgauge Radio this week, I have a special program on the coming solar power revolution.

Have you ever thought about . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Earthgauge Radio June 21, 2012: Solar power to the people!

earthgauge: Special program dedicated to solar energy on tomorrow’s edition of Earthgauge Radio

On Earthgauge Radio this week (7:00-8:00 AM on CKCU radio 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online at www.ckcufm.com), I’m presenting a special program on the coming solar power revolution.

Ever thought about installing solar panels on your roof or, if you don’t have a roof, what about investing in solar energy?

If the answer is . . . → Read More: earthgauge: Special program dedicated to solar energy on tomorrow’s edition of Earthgauge Radio

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