Politics and its Discontents: I Wonder

When even the dimmest and most ideologically bent among us realize they backed the wrong pony when they ignored the warnings about climate change, and when it is far too late to do anything about it (as it almost is now), who will they blame? Will it be their political ‘leaders’, the corporate obstructionists, or ...

The Disaffected Lib: What Lurks Beneath?

Let’s be fair. Climate change isn’t all bad. Then again, it’s a safe bet that Abraham Lincoln’s last visit to the Ford Theatre was pretty decent right up to the point of that gunshot. One of the good things about global warming, we’re told, is that it will make cold places a bit more liveable. ...

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 ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – Louis-Philippe Rochon writes that while American voters had to know what they’d get in casting their most recent ballots, far too many Canadians may have believed the Libs’ promises of something else: On this side of the 49th parallel, however, when Canadians elected Trudeau a little over 15 ...

Views from the Beltline: A carbon tax—an ethical imperative

The following article was published in the Calgary Herald on January 7th under my byline. You can read it here, along with comments, or below. A carbon tax allows us to clean up after ourselvesLike most people, one of the life lessons I learned at my mother’s knee was that if you make a mess, ...

Views from the Beltline: A carbon tax—an ethical imperative

The following article was published in the Calgary Herald on January 7th under my byline. You can read it here, along with comments, or below. A carbon tax allows us to clean up after ourselvesLike most people, one of the life lessons I learned at my mother’s knee was that if you make a mess, ...

Song of the Watermelon: Vancouver Sun Letter

For what is likely to be my last letter to the editor of 2016, see today’s Vancouver Sun (fourth letter from the top). The gist of my argument is that Kinder Morgan is bad. Fun fact: this ain’t the first time I’ve responded to a pro-Kinder Morgan op-ed by former NDP Premier Dan Miller. Filed ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s $3.3bn fossil fuel subsidies undermine climate action: Report

Canada’s $3.3 billion in federal and provincial subsidies to fossil fuel companies undermine climate action, says a new study by four prominent Canadian environmental groups. The post Canada’s $3.3bn fossil fuel subsidies undermine climate action: Report appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Disaffected Lib: Our Miner’s Canary – the Arctic

Do you remember how balmy temperatures were in the high Arctic last winter? No? Well it’s a safe bet that most have probably forgotten all about it. That too is our new normal. Conditions got so warm that a northern cyclone was spawned last December, thinning the sea ice by 4 inches.  Since the sea ...

Politics and its Discontents: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You

While much of western society enjoys living in willful ignorance about climate change, the fact is, what you don’t know can hurt you. Tim Wallace of the New York Times reports that much of the heat of our rapidly warming world is being absorbed by oceans, and the long-term effects will be devastating. Ocean temperatures ...

Politics and its Discontents: No Encouraging News Here

For those of us who follow such matters, this news is not really surprising: 2015 was the hottest year on record: Recommend this Post

Cowichan Conversations: Trudeau Critical Of Elizabeth May For Tying Fort McMurray Fires To Global Warming

Green Party leader Elizabeth May has connected the raging fires that wiped out Fort McMurray sending 88, 000 residents fleeing for their lives with Global Warming. She stated the obvious and is being critized by Read more…

Bill Longstaff: Another record temperature … but look on the bright side

Here in Calgary we have been enjoying weather that, for the season, can only be described as balmy. Like last year, February has been more spring than winter. One of the reasons, of course, is our warming planet. The figures are in for January and the Earth just extended its hottest-months-on-record to nine in a ...

womanatmile0.wordpress.com: COP21 falls short in addressing climate change for the South Pacific Islands

Research done for the Pacific Peoples Partnership, Victoria BC  Vulnerability in the South Pacific Islands The South Pacific Islands are one of the most vulnerable areas in the world to the effects of climate change. The risks are not a matter of inconvenience, but a matter of survival. Failure of food systems, drinking water contaminated ...

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.

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny House Project – Trailer Design CRITICAL IMPORTANCE (Part One)

My current job, it is not mentally demanding and it allows me time to think through problems and find different solutions.  This often means that a design I figured out the day before goes in the filing cabinet and a new modified design or a entire new design is born to solve the same problem. ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny House Project – Trailer Design CRITICAL IMPORTANCE (Part One)

My current job, it is not mentally demanding and it allows me time to think through problems and find different solutions.  This often means that a design I figured out the day before goes in the filing cabinet and a new modified design or a entire new design is born to solve the same problem. ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny House Project – Trailer Design CRITICAL IMPORTANCE (Part One)

My current job, it is not mentally demanding and it allows me time to think through problems and find different solutions.  This often means that a design I figured out the day before goes in the filing cabinet and a new modified design or a entire new design is born to solve the same problem. ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

PLANNING FOR THE PLAN Well not without a plan and money. Going to a Tiny Home and living off grid is a little more complex than going camping for a weekend or even camping for week.  It is basically “I’m going camping forever, but still want all the nice things we enjoy in our technological ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

PLANNING FOR THE PLAN Well not without a plan and money. Going to a Tiny Home and living off grid is a little more complex than going camping for a weekend or even camping for week.  It is basically “I’m going camping forever, but still want all the nice things we enjoy in our technological ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – Minimum Requires For Going Off Grid

PLANNING FOR THE PLAN Well not without a plan and money. Going to a Tiny Home and living off grid is a little more complex than going camping for a weekend or even camping for week.  It is basically “I’m going camping forever, but still want all the nice things we enjoy in our technological ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – The General Plan

Many people are looking at tiny homes.  This solution is not for everyone and it requires a good deal planning and prep-work.  One of the very first things you need to do is down size.  I mean down size with a vengeance!!!  I have already accomplished over the course of the last few years and ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – The General Plan

Many people are looking at tiny homes.  This solution is not for everyone and it requires a good deal planning and prep-work.  One of the very first things you need to do is down size.  I mean down size with a vengeance!!!  I have already accomplished over the course of the last few years and ...

A Grumpy Hobbit: Going Green – The Tiny Home Project – The General Plan

Many people are looking at tiny homes.  This solution is not for everyone and it requires a good deal planning and prep-work.  One of the very first things you need to do is down size.  I mean down size with a vengeance!!!  I have already accomplished over the course of the last few years and ...

The Canadian Progressive: David Suzuki: UN climate talks offer hope for humanity

As talks continue at the Paris climate conference, David Suzuki sees “signs of hope for an agreement to limit the escalating effects of global warming” and a more constructive role for Canada. The post David Suzuki: UN climate talks offer hope for humanity appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.