Politics and its Discontents: Climate Change Variables

Now that Donald Trump has formally announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, will the efforts of individual states and municipalities be enough to limit the damage of his benighted decision? This report provides some basis for hope: Meanwhile, back home, Canadian mayors are not buying what Trump is selling. Additionally, ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the End of the (American) World As We Know It.

A few months ago the big German magazine Der Spiegel ran this cover of Donald Trump.With the title "The End of the World, As We Know it."And yesterday when the flaming orange proclaimed that the U.S. is pulling out of the Paris Accord, it was shared on social media all over the planet.But while it ...

Montreal Simon: Scott Pruitt: The Roasting of a Climate Change Denier

When Donald Trump is finally driven from office and put on trial, I hope that Scott Pruitt, the climate change denying head of the Environmental Protection Agency, joins him in the box.For the way Pruitt and Trump are gutting the EPA, threatens to poison our air, our Great Lakes, and even our food.And their all out assault on ...

Montreal Simon: Samantha Bee on Donald Trump’s Hard Power Budget

Well there he was yesterday, sitting behind the wheel of a monster truck, looking like he was about to start mowing down his many enemies, real or imagined.But the truck wasn't moving, thank goodness. Donald Trump wasn't going anywhere.And neither is his plan to destroy Obamacare.President Trump issued an ultimatum on Thursday to recalcitrant Republicans ...

Politics and its Discontents: Almost Too Grim To Contemplate

While the Pope is imploring world leaders to act with dispatch to mitigate climate change, it is hard to remain optimistic about the prospects of American engagement under incoming president Donald Trump: Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Is A New Purge On The Horizon?

Few of us will forget the disdain with which the Harper regime regarded science, especially the science around climate change. Virtual embargoes that prevented scientists from releasing and discussing with the public their findings were commonplace; the permission that was required from a labyrinthine bureaucracy essentially ensured that no information opposed to government ideology could ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Man Who Would Torch the Planet

Everybody knew that Donald Trump was a climate change denier, a man who believes that global warming is a hoax.He's made that abundantly clear… Over and over again.But still the flaming orange got elected, and now we're all going to burn with him.Read more »

Politics and its Discontents: More From The Conservative Braintrust

Well, we know what an abomination Kellie Leitch is as a Conservative leadership hopeful, but what about Brad Trost? The pool, it would seem, is very, very shallow: Recommend this Post

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Insane War on the Planet

Donald Trump is always declaring war on something or somebody, so he can look bigger in one of his many mirrors, or in the eyes of the mob.One day it's Mexico, the next day it's lying' Hillary Clinton, or the media, or anyone who dares criticize him.So it's sometimes hard to remember his most dangerous war.His ...

daveberta.ca – Alberta Politics: Notley NDP make pigs fly again with support for Climate Leadership Plan

When the Alberta government released its Climate Leadership plan in November 2015, I said that Premier Rachel Notley and Environment and Parks Minister Shannon Phillips had made pigs fly by uniting a coalition of industry leaders and environmental leaders in our province. Defying… Continue Reading →

The Canadian Progressive: Al Gore, US Attorneys Generals Announce Historic Pursuit Of Climate Change Deniers: Why Canadians Should Care

Earlier this week, former U.S. vice president Al Gore and several U.S. state attorneys generals announced “historic effort to combat climate change” – by going after fossil fuel climate deniers. The post Al Gore, US Attorneys Generals Announce Historic Pursuit Of Climate Change Deniers: Why Canadians Should Care appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: The Demagogue Speaks Again

Won’t anyone tell him just to shut up? Recently, the CBC, which has an ongoing yet inexplicable and wholly unwholesome relationship with Rex Murphy, gave him yet another opportunity to spew his denigration and venom about those who criticize Alberta and its moribund oil industry. It seems that the rest of Canada is not recognizing ...

Montreal Simon: David Suzuki: Stephen Harper Should Be Jailed

As you know I've long believed that Stephen Harper has got away with murder, and should be put on trial for his many crimes against Canada.And for his crimes against the planet.So I'm really happy to see that David Suzuki also believes that Harper should be jailed Read more »

Montreal Simon: Rex Murphy: Who Needs An Environmental Review?

In my last post I argued that the CBC should fire the Con clown Rex Murphy, for promoting the Energy East pipeline.While being paid by Big Oil to give speeches glorifying their dubious achievements.And for attacking Justin Trudeau, and acting like Rona Ambrose's spokesman, on the CBC's flagship news show The National.Well now in the National ...

The Canadian Progressive: Stephen Lewis, Prominent Canadians Demand Investigation of Climate Change Deniers

Stephen Lewis and five other prominent Canadians recently called on the Commissioner of Competition to investigate climate change denier groups. The post Stephen Lewis, Prominent Canadians Demand Investigation of Climate Change Deniers appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Montreal Simon: Now Will the CBC Finally Fire Rex Murphy?

It couldn't have been a more jarring contrast. While negotiators in Paris worked desperately to put the finishing touches on a historic climate change deal. And prepared to celebrate its successful conclusion.Back in Toronto, the Con clown and climate change denier Rex Murphy was clearly not pleased.Mounting his Petromedia Postmedia pulpit, to blow hot air out of every ...

A Different Point of View....: Fossil fuel lobby seen as main threat to meaningful progress in Paris

In the early-1950s, when it became widely known that smoking caused cancer, giant tobacco companies formed the Tobacco Industry Research Council (TIRC). Its main goal was to deny the harmful effects of tobacco and confuse the public. The tobacco lobby wormed its way into the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), wreaking havoc and slowing ...

A Different Point of View....: Fossil fuel lobby seen as main threat to meaningful progress in Paris

In the early-1950s, when it became widely known that smoking caused cancer, giant tobacco companies formed the Tobacco Industry Research Council (TIRC). Its main goal was to deny the harmful effects of tobacco and confuse the public. The tobacco lobby wormed its way into the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), wreaking havoc and slowing ...

A Different Point of View....: Fossil fuel lobby seen as main threat to meaningful progress in Paris

In the early-1950s, when it became widely known that smoking caused cancer, giant tobacco companies formed the Tobacco Industry Research Council (TIRC). Its main goal was to deny the harmful effects of tobacco and confuse the public. The tobacco lobby wormed its way into the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), wreaking havoc and slowing ...

Cowichan Conversations: JEFF RUBIN – Why the oil sands no longer make economic sense

The Oil and Gas crowd are an addicted and confused force that take up air and space at a time when change is begging for action. Somewhat like the ‘Flat Earther’s refusal to get that Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Water Shortages Dictate Changes Whether We Like It Or Not–Freeze All Residential Rezoning–Raise The Weir.

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger Rainy days, especially rainy summer days are but sweet memories for those of living on the ‘Left Coast.’ The reality is hitting home. Forest fires raging through areas where forest fires Read more…

A Different Point of View....: Weak tactics, stupidity and lies cloud seriousness of climate change for Canadians

In addition to the staging of the PanAm Games, Toronto was the location of some unusually high profile activities in recent days that were supposed to increase the efforts to tackle climate change. The events raised some important questions: How effective are efforts to slow the increase of carbon emissions into the atmosphere, do Canadians ...

Montreal Simon: Pope Francis and the Moral Revolution to Save the Planet

His enemies tried to undermine Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change by leaking it before it was officially released today.But it's still an incredibly powerful document. Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting ...

Montreal Simon: Pope Francis and the Wolves in the Vatican

As you may know Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change has been leaked to the media before its scheduled release on Thursday. Pope Francis will this week call for changes in lifestyles and energy consumption to avert the “unprecedented destruction of the ecosystem” before the end of this century, according to a leaked draft of a papal ...

Montreal Simon: The Real Reason Pope Francis Humiliated Stephen Harper

Well now we know why Pope Francis ruined Stephen Harper's little photo-op at the Vatican the other day.By giving Harper only ten minutes of his time, compared to the fifty minutes he gave Vladimir Putin.And looking like he couldn't wait to get rid of him.But the reason Harper looked so green after the meeting was over… ...