Politics and its Discontents: More Evidence Of The American Right’s Intellectual ‘Limitations’

I have phrased this post’s title as tactfully as I can, but I think if you watch the following video, you will be tempted to use other, more obvious ways to describe right-wing American cognitive abilities. You will notice that as soon as the Fox host asks scientist Bill Nye about climate change, Nye realizes ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Notes on the social cost of carbon

A recent paper by Ackerman and Stanton did some re-estimates of the Social Cost of Carbon, finding this measure of the externality (or costs imposed on third parties) from burning fossil fuels could be as high as $893 per tonne of CO2, rising to $1,500 per tonne by 2050. These are extreme estimates, but they ...

350 or bust: TEST

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350 or bust: It’s Heating Up Out There

What a week it has been!  With the backdrop of the verging-on-farcical U.S. debt credit crisis brought on by the tea-baggers in Washington, and the pieing of Rupert Murdoch, a whole lot has been going on the global warming front, and not just the extreme weather events.  Here’s a few highlights: In a historic decision, ...

RedBedHead: Global Warming Solved: Fire The Scientist

Remember how Obama said all that stuff about the importance of whistleblowers to keep government honest? Yeah, well, you might want to ask Bradley Manning the punchline to that particular joke. But it seems that the persecution of anybody who says anything inconvenient extends beyond the ambit of the US government to include the oil ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Decarbonizing homes and the price of gas

Our climate justice framework for BC is to eliminate fossil fuels by 2040. In the household sector, this poses a significant challenge, not so much in terms of technology and knowledge, but because natural gas is much cheaper than electricity per unit of energy. Even though BC has among the lowest prices in North America, ...

RedBedHead: Ethical Oil? Tory Scum Polishes Turd

There really is no lie too big, no corporate filth too odious that there isn’t some Tory bagman who isn’t willing to try and sell it to us as a golden egg, when it is in fact toxic poison. Alykhan Velshi, a former aide to the seriously disgusting Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, made his name ...

The Disaffected Lib: Today’s Climate Change Quirk

It’s another of those never-ending “once in a century” stories.   The heaviest rainfall in a century has triggered devastating floods and landslides in the Seoul area of South Korea.   The quirky bit is that the landslides have exposed land mines and other exploded ordinance left over from the  1950-53 Korean War.  Authorities are trying to ...

The Harper regime targets @frankejames

Franke James » Blog Archive » Canadian Government Tries to Silence Franke James We can’t really say we’re surprised, now, can we. Subtle and not-so-subtle threats, putting the squeeze on NGOs and making sure anyone thinking of sponsoring the show knows there’s a shit list just waiting for more names. That’s how determined this gang ...

350 or bust: Response to Norway Horror: Faced With Inhumanity, We Must Be More Human

The contrast between Norway’s response to the brutal terror attacks last Friday and that of the United States after 9/11 couldn’t be starker.  Imagine if President Bush had instead said, like Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg,  ”Our answer is more democracy, more openness to show that we will not be stopped by this kind of ...

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

This is a time to hold Norway and Norwegians, especially the victims of the horrific bombing and shooting rampage, in our thoughts and prayers. Extremism of any kind is a blight on civilization.

Scott's DiaTribes: An observation of mine on the weather/climate change

When a cold snap or a blizzard hits the US deep South, those people who are climate change skeptics are quick to denounce “global warming” or “climate change” as being fake, or hooey, or so on. I’ve not heard that same claim however over the worst heat wave to grip North American in well over ...

The Happy Wanderer: Pigheadedness Makes us Uncomfortable

Every summer, the topic comes up: why don’t we have AC on Montreal’s public transit. The basic answer is that our pigheaded mayor, Gérald Tremblay insists that it’s too expensive and it decreases fuel efficiency, thereby harming the environment. Yet, poll any transit rider and ask them if they would pay more for air conditioning ...

The Happy Wanderer: Pigheadedness Makes us Uncomfortable

Every summer, the topic comes up: why don’t we have AC on Montreal’s public transit. The basic answer is that our pigheaded mayor, Gérald Tremblay insists that it’s too expensive and it decreases fuel efficiency, thereby harming the environment. Yet, poll any transit rider and ask them if they would pay more for air conditioning ...

350 or bust: Murdoch-gate meets “Climate-gate”

What we know so far about the Rupert Murdoch/News Corp scandal may just be the tip of the iceberg. Keith Olbermann wrote yesterday on his blog about the connection between Murdoch’s News Corp and the stolen “climate-gate” emails: The Murdoch Phone-Hacking Scandal may have just metastasized. The so-called “Climate-Gate” controversy — in which e-mails about ...

The Disaffected Lib: This Really Is the Pot Calling the Kettle BlackP

America’s UN ambassador, Susan Rice, must have a bottomless well of gall, given the way she chastised other Security Council members cold to the idea of declaring climate change a security matter meriting the council’s attention. US ambassador Susan Rice said Washington strongly believed the council “has an essential responsibility to address the clear-cut peace ...

RedBedHead: Insurance Corporations Believe In Climate Change

Never let it be said that all of the banks and corporations on the planet have their head in the sand when it comes to climate change. Why, just recently, I received a letter from my home insurance provider telling me about some important changes to my policy, which needed to take into account the ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Home energy retrofits: part one

I was in the budget lock-up in Ottawa back in 2009, when the feds announced a home renovation tax credit as part of the stimulus package, and one of my first thoughts was “kitchen reno”. Months later we had a nice kitchen upgrade to enjoy as our contribution to getting the Canadian economy back on ...

Bill Longstaff: The energy ministers’ Orwellian statement

The news release and action plan issued by the provincial energy ministers following their recent conference in Kananaskis stepped rather lightly over environmental concerns. Perhaps this is not unexpected at a meeting paid for in part by oil companies. One statement went beyond treating environmental concerns lightly to the point of trashing them. I refer ...

350 or bust: Canada, A PetroState? The Face Of Climate Corruption in Canada

From The Mark News: Energy ministers from across Canada have just returned from an all-expenses-paid tour of the tar sands, given to them by the oil companies themselves. Now, they are sitting down to debate the future of energy policy in Canada at a meeting in Kananaskis, Alberta. This is the face of climate corruption ...

350 or bust: Eating Local, Eating Well: Meals From A Northern Garden

We woke up this morning to a hazy world, like many of the other communities in northwestern Ontario. Our corner of the province has 100 forest fires burning, and two First Nation communities north of us, Keewaywin and Sandy Lake, are being evacuated today. So far this year 178,514 hectares have been burned, compared to ...

Trashy's World: Interesting map…climate change laggards?

And, at face value, it shows quite vividly what fine company Canada keeps on this file. But, do use a bit of caution when interpreting this map literally. I haven’t been able to track down the report from whence this came so am unable to assess the robustness of the methodology used to reach these ...

350 or bust: Take Time To Renew Your Spirit

There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see. ~ Leonardo da Vinci

350 or bust: Big Oil Bankrolls Meeting on Canada’s Energy Future

At least it’s clear who’s setting the agenda at this weekend’s meeting of Provincial and Federal Ministers of Energy and Mines. It turns out the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers and the Oil Sands Developers Group are the major sponsors of the annual meeting of energy and mines ministers in Kananaskis, Alberta. On the agenda ...

Greenpeace uncloaks phony anti-climate change scientist

Dr. Willie Soon has been the go-to scientist favoured by climate change deniers for years. Used by the Fraser Institute and Koch Industries, Soon has proven invaluable in giving ammunition to the right to ‘prove’ global warming doesn’t exist. Turns out it’s as we expected – nothing more than a scam. It seems Dr. Soon’s ...