Politics and its Discontents: The Evidence And The Explanation

One of the big differences I have noticed between Canadian and American news is that while the former frequently addresses and uses the term climate change in their coverage of ‘natural’ disasters,’ the latter almost never employs the phrase nor attempts any meaningful analysis of the underlying causes of catastrophes they commonly report on. Last ...

In This Corner: The Return of Stuff Happens, week 33: Water, water, everywhere …

Houston and much of Texas was devastated this week by Hurricane Harvey, or Wally, or Larry,  or whatever it was called. (Note to the people who name hurricanes: if you know it’s going to be a big one, give it a powerful name. Hurricane Harvey doesn’t exactly inspire fear, but if they had named it ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump and the Climate Change Trap

It was a bizarre sight, like a scene out of a really bad disaster movie.Donald Trump back in Texas again, handing out food at a Houston shelter.And complaining that his hands were too big for his plastic gloves. *Shudder* But then he had to go back, for his first visit four days ago was an absolute ...

Northern Reflections: It Pays To Have A Plan

Hurricane Harvey has laid bare the truth about Houston. Doug Saunders writes: It is one of the most racially segregated cities in the United States: Its north, east and south are at least 90 per cent non-white, while its centre and west are mostly white. These non-white neighbourhoods are home to 81 per cent of ...

Northern Reflections: It Won’t Be Long

Houstonians are wading in waist deep water.  Chemical plants are exploding. Devastation is the order of the day. Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan write: Houston, the Petro Metro, is home to one-quarter of the petroleum refining capacity in the United States. Include the entire Gulf Coast, and the percentage increases to half. In the midst ...

Montreal Simon: Donald Trump’s Disastrous Visit To Houston

It was supposed to be an opportunity for Donald Trump to check out the damage caused by hurricane Harvey, and offer support to its many victims.But it didn't turn out that way.For it was a disaster from beginning to end.Read more »

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 ...