The Disaffected Lib: There’s No Selfie to Fix This One

When Justin Trudeau or one of his drones pimp pipelines they’re sure to claim they’re “following the science.” Oh yeah, the science is on their side. Science says dilbit pipelines are safe. Science says so. Question: who is this guy, Mr. Science? Maybe there’s an Archibald Science or a Jean Luc Science, perhaps a Mary ...

The Disaffected Lib: When Does a Carbon Tax Work?

When it comes to carbon taxes, it’s all about pricing. The purpose of the tax is to discourage consumption of fossil fuels thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It seems to work, sort of, but carbon taxes are hindered by a lack of political will, a.k.a. cojones. So where to set the carbon tax/price bar? According ...

The Disaffected Lib: Okay, Justin, Now Tell Us What Those Facts Are

Serial bullshitter, JustinTrudeau, was quick off the mark to defend the Kinder Morgan bitumen pipeline expansion in the wake of the announcement that the NDP, backed by the provincial Greens, will form the next government of British Columbia. With a straight face the prime ministerial bullshitter defended his government’s decision to toss out his election ...

Alberta Politics: Rachel Notley’s tough talk on pipelines evokes the Peter Lougheed Era of energy policy confrontation

PHOTOS: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at yesterday’s news conference in Edmonton. (Photo: Chris Schwarz, Government of Alberta) Below: Earth scientist David Hughes (Post Carbon Institute photo), B.C. Premier Christy Clark (B.C. Government photo), and B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan. Using language that, intentionally or not, evoked the Peter Lougheed Era of Tory energy policy confrontation ...

Babel-on-the-Bay: Lies. And Trudeau-Trump lies.

You have come to expect it in the daily reports from the American White House. You know that the man in the White House tells lies. You just do not expect it from the guy in charge in Ottawa. And you already knew that the guy in charge at the White House does not give ...

Alberta Politics: Leduc No. 1 and all that: Was February 13, 1947, Alberta’s unluckiest lucky day?

PHOTOS: Dignitaries stand around and have their photos taken at the Leduc No. 1 well near Devon on – if the Internet is to be believed – this day in 1947. Not sure if I believe that, seeing as the first photo below was supposed to have been taken on the same day. Below that: ...

The Disaffected Lib: Betrayal

That’s it. Prime minister Slick has greenlighted the Kinder Morgan pipeline initiative that will ship 900,000 barrels of toxic, lethal dilbit a day across British Columbia, through the Lower Mainland municipalities, and into an armada of supertankers that will become a daily feature as they ply the waters of Burrard Inlet, Coal Harbour, English Bay ...

The Disaffected Lib: Look Justin, Cut the Bullshit

Today’s the day when we learn whether the federal government will put our north coast in jeopardy or merely threaten our south coast with disaster. Which pipeline will Trudeau approve? Will it be the Enbridge Northern Gateway or the expanded Kinder Morgan line through the Lower Mainland? Maybe it’ll be both. Maybe he’ll kill off ...

The Disaffected Lib: Why the World’s Eyes Will Be on Canada on October 19th

Next week’s general election will decide whether we can restore the Rule of Law and a functional democracy to Canada. Both hinge on driving Stephen Harper out of office. Yet that’s just scratching the surface of what it means to Canada and to the world to rid our country of this thug. In the latest ...

The Disaffected Lib: So What’s Our Excuse?

Amnesty International is urging Britain’s Cameron government to stop arms shipments to Saudi Arabia.  Amnesty claims the weapons are being used to deliberately slaughter civilians in Houthi-rebel controlled parts of Yemen. Amnesty said it found a pattern of “appalling disregard” for civilian lives by the Saudi-led coalition in an investigation of 13 air strikes in ...

The Disaffected Lib: Stephen Harper’s Oily Comeuppance

A Saudi prince once said that the Stone Age didn’t end because man ran out of stones.  The Age of Oil may be headed for the same fate.  A Goldman Sachs outlook suggests the price of crude oil will hover around $45 a barrel for the next year or so and could even hit $20. ...

The Disaffected Lib: Are You Supporting Politics of Nihilism?

2030.  You do realize that’s just 15-years away.  Do you realize that 15-years is a heartbeat when it comes to making fundamental change? So, what’s so important about 2030?  Plenty.  By then we’ll be experiencing climate change impacts that are disruptive and difficult to bear.  Take your head out of the sand, look around you ...

The Disaffected Lib: The "Piss Away" Province

The key to understanding the dilemma is to realize that Tar Sand, bitumen, is just a part of Alberta’s oil history.  The province has also produced a vast amount of conventional crude oil.  It’s actually produced and exported a good deal more conventional crude oil than Norway.  That brings us to the starting point of ...

The Disaffected Lib: A Closer Look at Oil and Climate Change.

Stephen Harper will not be pleased.  The Carnegie Endowment is fingering his cherished Tar Sands. Not all oil is created equal.  Sweet crude, of the Saudi sort, comes out of the ground almost ready to use.  It’s pumped out of the ground easily, free of most contaminants (sulphur, water, sand, natural gas).  The amount of ...

The Disaffected Lib: Harper’s Bitumen Policy – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

The Harper government has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid the public learning just what’s in bitumen and the risk that stuff poses to our rivers, our lakes, our groundwater supply and our oceans.  Mum’s the word. Two things we’ve learned about Harper by now.  He’s secretive and pathologically dishonest.  The man is a born ...

The Disaffected Lib: Whether You Support Pipelines or Not, Here’s Something We Can Surely Agree On.

No secret I’m opposed to both Kinder Morgan and Northern Gateway.  A sizeable majority of British Columbians are of the same mind but a significant minority supports the pipeline initiatives.  In situations like this it can be helpful to seek out areas of agreement, common ground. Here’s an idea we should all be able to ...

Left Over: The Emperor’s (ap)Prentice Magically Transforms First Nations Support

Jim Prentice says many Alberta First Nations are behind new pipeline projects ‘Amongst the strongest allies that Alberta has at the table are the First Nations of this province’ CBC News Posted: Sep 16, 2014 9:25 PM MT Last Updated: Sep 17, 2014 6:20 AM MT   Great that you have First Nations behind the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Tar Sands Refinery Cries "Uncle" on Climate Change – Seeks Taxpayer Bailout

The Delaware City Refining Company doesn’t just refine oil, it refines bitumen from the Tar Sands. The company, however, is intensely aware of the dangers of climate change, so much so in fact that it’s seeking tax dollars to protect its refinery from “tidal encroachment” – another way of saying sea level rise. The Delaware ...

Alberta Diary: Big by-election in Fort McMurray? Never mind that! As goes Macleod, so goes Alberta…

Fort McMurray, before the Bitumen Boom. Things have changed. Below: Conservative Fort McMurray-Athabasca candidate David Yurdiga, Liberal candidate Kyle Harrietha, NDP candidate Lori McDaniel, former Conservative MP Brian Jean. If the good people of Fort McMurray climb out of bed this morning and decide to elect a Liberal to represent them in Parliament, there will ...

Song of the Watermelon: It’s the Climate, Stupid!

Not two weeks since the federal government’s long-anticipated approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline, the magnitude of the obstacles faced by the project are becoming clearer by the day. There is widespread public hostility — both in Kitimat, envisioned as the pipeline’s end location, as well as across British Columbia more generally. First Nations and ...

Cowichan Conversations: It is not ‘Miller Time’ Dan, Green Up or Brown Out!

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-   Here is disappointing post from former NDP Premier Dan Miller. It reads like the flashback that it is. Time will tell whether Miller’s missive will be embraced, rejected or ignored by the new BC NDP opposition leader, John Horgan.   Dan Miller: How will we pay for stuff without the resource ...

Bill Longstaff: Could Alberta go green?

With 50 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions than Ontario, Alberta is Canada’s pollution province. And that makes us think of the tar sands. But it’s more than bitumen. Alberta’s electrical power generation, heavily dependent on coal, produces almost as much greenhouse gas as the tar sands. The province gets 63 per cent of its ...

Cowichan Conversations: Super Industrial BC

Richard ‘Hub’ Hughes-Positively Political Rafe Mair is back in the saddle and zoning in on issues of significance to all British Columbians. Mair is calling out to BC NDP Leader John Horgan to stand up to the powerful oil and gas corporations, in part because if he won’t, who will? Horgan is our best option ...

Left Over: Dirty Oil Wars…..This is Just the Beginning

http://montrealsimon.blogspot.ca/2014/05/stephen-harper-and-final-battle-for.html   Here in BC, we appreciate any and all support for this issue..but where is the rest of the country on all the damage this MonsterCon has caused? They can’t all be the drooling knuckle-draggers of Ford Nation, but I have to wonder if it isn’t already too late…the people of Canada, in general, ...

Cowichan Conversations: Charge Protestors With Terrorism And Throw Them in Prison!

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger This compelling video landed in my inbox this morning courtesy of a Cowichan Bay activist. It claims that a  Canadian corporation Trans Canada Pipeline, the force behind Keystone XL pipeline is training FBI and local law enforcement agencies on how to charge legal protestors with terrorism. They say that in Oklahoma the cops and ...