Alberta Politics: What does climate change mean for Alberta’s growing dependence on a pipeline to U.S. Gulf Coast refineries?

PHOTOS: U.S. Climate Change Denier in Chief Donald J. Trump. (Photo: White House.) A woman is rescued from her Houston area home (Photo: U.S. Department of Defense.) “Wow – Now experts are calling #Harvey a once in 500 year flood!” So said an apparently astonished Donald J. Trump, First Tweeter of the United States and ...

Alberta Politics: Never mind the Ottawa bashing, Jason Kenney launches bid to lead UCP pitching coded woo to religious right

PHOTOS: Jason Kenney makes it official he’s running to lead Alberta’s United Conservative Party at Edmonton’s Italian Cultural Centre yesterday (Photo: Radio Canada). Below: NDP Premier Rachel Notley and Education Minister David Eggen. How soon before Jason Kenney makes permitting the teaching of “creation science” in Alberta schools a formal promise to the religious social ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: Christy Clark’s LNG promises are nothing but hot air

Premier Christy Clark at her government’s LNG conference (Province of BC/Flickr) We have all been screwed, blued and tattooed in the riding of West Vancouver-Sea-to-Sky, and let me tell you how this affects every British Columbian in every region of the province. Just as Kinder Morgan would use the Salish Sea as the  sewage disposal and ...

Views from the Beltline: You can’t educate Republicans on global warming

Many progressives believe that if the public were better informed about the science behind climate change, people would be more inclined to accept the reality of anthropogenic global warming. A U.S. survey by the Pew Research Center suggests that’s only true for some people. Climate scientists tell us that global warming will result in phenomena ...

Alberta Politics: Alberta’s carbon tax: Science is political when it doesn’t suit Wildrose agenda; politics is scientific when it does

PHOTOS: Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips at yesterday’s Edmonton press conference on the imposition Jan. 1 of the NDP Government’s carbon tax. Below: Wildrose Electricity and Renewables Critic Don MacIntyre. Both are CBC photos. Alberta has had a carbon tax for two days now and as Environment Minister Shannon Phillips observed at a news conference ...

Environmental Law Alert Blog: Are politicians really standing up for our climate with the Pan-Canadian Framework?

Friday, December 16, 2016 The new Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change – and the games played by BC’s Premier Christy Clark during the process leading up to it – demonstrate clearly that Canada needs scientists, and not politicians, to be front and centre in developing its climate policy. Canada's Prime Minister and ...

The Disaffected Lib: Do You Know Anyone?

Perhaps she’s a friend or acquaintance. Maybe he’s a relative or a co-worker. They could be in their 20s or their 70s, doesn’t matter. What sets them apart from other friends and other acquaintances, other relatives or other co-workers, is that they have already succumbed to a belief in fake news and conspiracy theories. They ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Rafe: With LNG approval, Trudeau govt shows true colours…but we shouldn’t be suprised

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna with Industry Minister Jim Carr (left) and BC Premier Christy Clark (right) announcing the federal government’s approval of PNWLNG (Province of BC/Flickr) Developing a climate plan to meet Canada’s Paris Agreement commitments is a challenging but achievable task for the federal government. Doing so while meeting Alberta’s and BC’s ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Longtime Lions Bay Mayor: LNG is plain dirty, violates Canada’s climate commitments

Christy Clark promotes “Clean LNG” at Vancouver conference last year (David P. Ball) By Brenda Broughton It is vital to oppose the previous government’s disregard and denial of science. However, this new government appears to be cherry-picking the science it uses and then hiding behind the science against the interests of citizens and against the ...

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.

The Common Sense Canadian: Burning: A summer of fire, smoke, ash and change

Photo: Province of British Columbia/Flickr CC licence Wildfires are ripping across California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska during this summer of 2015, the result of unprecedented droughts and record temperatures. Millions of hectares are being burned along with hundreds of homes. Fire-fighting costs are multiplying, the economic damage is soaring and the environmental consequences ...

The Common Sense Canadian: New book asks: Can civilization survive unprecedented climate crisis?

Water scarcity and resulting wars will be a key consequence of the climate crisis The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that human-caused climate change is already responsible for 150,000 deaths annually. If we continue our current trajectories of “business as usual” as our response to climate change, the WHO expects that between 2030 and 2050 climate change ...

The Common Sense Canadian: The Grinch who stole Climate Christmas

Prime Minister Stephen Harper didn’t show much climate spirit in Lima The heroic efforts of Who-ville to negotiate enough binding greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions to prevent Earth’s average global temperature from rising above a critical 2°C were held in Lima, Peru, this December. Whether the Climate Christmas event, called the 20th Conference of the Parties, ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Carbon numbers keep rising, despite UN climate deals

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at COP 20 in Lima The carbon emission numbers are disquieting. Despite the 2009 pledge of multiple nations to reduce the release of their greenhouse gases so that global average temperatures do not rise by more that 2°C, the total tonnage of carbon dioxide keeps going up. The chief scientist ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Justin Trudeau continues Liberal greenwash legacy: Ex-govt insider

Justin Trudeau argues for Keystone XL at a think tank in Washington, DC (Photo: Chip Somodevllla/Getty) The Liberal Party of Canada (LPC) has a history of big talk on the environment, but, once in power, failing to deliver.  Each climate change action plan has demonstrated this trend, accompanied by boastful press releases on how much money the LPC would be ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Bank of England’s Mark Carney: Most fossil fuel reserves shouldn’t be burned

Mark Carney in Davos, Switzerland, 2010 (Photo: Wikipedia) Read this Oct. 13 story in The Guardian about Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s decision to join a growing list of global economic leaders suggesting that the world needs to transition away from fossil fuels in order to mitigate the effects of climate change. The governor of the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Greenwash King Patrick Moore sews seeds of climate change doubt

Greenpeace co-founder-turned-greenwasher extraordinaire Patrick Moore I hesitate to give the man any more publicity. Patrick Moore, a former environmentalist and now a constant and consistent spokesman for right-wing causes, had an article on the op-ed page of the Vancouver Province, September 24th edition. In it, he denies the worldwide scientific opinion that global warming here, driven by ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Large hydro dams aren’t “green” – they actually drive climate change

BC’s WAC Bennett Dam (Photo: Damien Gillis) Read this August 14 EcoWatch column by Gary Wockner, which explodes the myth of “green” hydro dams – food for thought as Canada considers building Site C Dam atop some of the country’s best farmland. People believe hydroelectric dams provide clean energy. It’s not true. I don’t blame the public or ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Harper govt muzzles Arctic scientists from discussing polar ice melt

Read this Aug. 18 Postmedia story from Margaret Munro on the chill Canada’s Arctic scientists have felt when trying to discuss record polar ice melt with the public. Federal scientists who keep a close eye on the Arctic ice would like to routinely brief Canadians about extraordinary events unfolding in the North. But newly released federal documents show the ...

The Common Sense Canadian: The Economist calculates the enormous cost of ignoring climate change

Rendering of New York City from “World Under Water”, an app designed by Carbon Story Read this June 28 story from The Economist on the cost of doing nothing to curb climate change – and interesting corollary to the World Bank’s recent determination that tackling global warming could significantly grow the global economy. It has been the hottest May ever, says ...

The Common Sense Canadian: LNG bad for climate: US Dept of Energy report

Despite all the assurances by BC Premier Christy Clark that LNG is “the cleanest fossil fuel on the planet”, the evidence paints a very different picture. Check out this June 4 Climate Progress story by Joe Romm on a new report from the US Department of Energy confirming that emissions from shale gas and LNG ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Billboard controversy: Climate change denial OK, pro-renewable not

Read this June 10 Yahoo News story from Matthew Coutts on the alleged double standard that saw Pattison Outdoor accept a climate change-denying billboard in Calgary after rejecting one from Greenpeace that was pro-renewable energy. A turf war has broken out over a Calgary billboard that unequivocally claims humans do not play a significant role in ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Four choices for shaping the climate future we want

Choices are one of the many benefits provided by our modern, affluent, consumer culture. A television universe of 500 channels should provide something for everyone’s viewing preferences. Toothpaste? More different kinds than can be imagined. Breakfast cereal? The varieties are overwhelming. Cars? A model with specifications for every possible need. Don’t like the long cold ...

The Common Sense Canadian: Canada’s 500,000 leaky gas wells threaten groundwater, health, climate

Abandoned gas wells like this one can continue leaking methane for years (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Read this June 5 story by Andrew Nikiforuk in The Tyee on a new report raising concerns about leakage from Canada’s 500,000 gas wells. The Common Sense Canadian reported recently on funding cutbacks by BC’s Oil and Gas Commission for ...

The Common Sense Canadian: White House climate report is clear: Global warming is here

Because we enjoy relatively pure air, clean water and healthy food systems, Canadians sometimes take the environment for granted. Many scarcely blink if oil from a pipeline spills into a river, a forest is cleared for tar sands operations or agricultural land is fracked for gas. If Arctic ice melts and part of the Antarctic ...