Art Threat: The fight to sell or save water – Friday Film Pick: Water on the Table

Jennifer Aniston is naked and everywhere. She’s flogging what should be an accessible, protected resource but, thanks to her and companies like the one she works for, she’s helping to sell that resource as a commercialized, commodified product called bottled water. The (once shameless and now topless) Aniston “Smart Water” campaign is relevant (and not ...

The Progressive Economics Forum: Fossil fuel expansion as a crime against humanity

After at 2010 that was one of the warmest years on record, 2011 has shown us astonishing patterns of extreme weather worldwide. It would take a long time to make the full list, but you know what I mean: tornadoes, floods, drought, record cold in some parts, record heat in others, hailstorms (Al Gore does ...

350 or bust: White Water, Black Gold

You can’t practice abstinence while running a brothel. Yet politicians of almost all stripes talk simultaneously about developing the Alberta oil sands while getting serous about reducing carbon emissions. Sound like a crock? It is. Mitchell Anderson, It’s the Tar Sands, Stupid It’s not just the carbon emissions from the tar sands that are polluting ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: Proposed Keystone XL Pipeline Would Feature Woefully Inadequate Spill Detection System

keystonexlmap_350.jpg According to the NRDC, the proposed $13 billion Keystone XL tar sands pipeline would not be able to detect “pinhole leaks” in the pipeline that release fewer than 700,000 gallons of tar sands oil a day. The company proposing to build the pipeline, TransCanada, has admitted that their leak detection system be unable to ...

Accidental Deliberations: On incomplete reporting

Yes, it’s a problem if the Cons are giving different answers about climate-change policy to different audiences. But I’m not sure how the difference between federal action making next to no difference and its making even less than that makes for a more significant story than the prospect that each set of numbers from the ...

Pushed to the Left and Loving It: Canada Being Viewed as "Sneaks" by Europeans

A piece coming from Europe suggests that Canada talks dirty on trade Citing an access to information request, it has been learned that the Canadian government, has tried to “sneak” in a clause, in their proposed EU trade deal, that overrides environmental policies of European nations, when it comes to exporting oil from the tar ...

DeSmogBlog - Clearing the PR Pollution that Clouds Climate Science: UK Opposed to Europe’s Tar Sands Import Ban

tar sands.jpg While most European countries are working on a proposal that would effectively ban the use of Canadian tar sands in the European Union, the United Kingdom has made it clear that they will not support any measure to reduce their reliance on tar sands. Britain joins the Netherlands as one of only two ...

NEW MEDIA AND POLITICS CANADA: DAY TEN: Platforms (part three)

Wresting the narrative away from the spinners and media is an auspicious way to begin a campaign and Michael Ignatieff and the Liberal Party deserve a lot of credit for taking this beast by its’ antlers and waging a far better than anticipated opening to their campaign.  The Ignatieff platform delivered Sunday, is what he is calling his ‘Family Pack’ of measures that will deliver ...

ezrawinton.com: Tar on the Tusks – The Walrus sells out to Big Oil

“Divest from the Royal Bank of Canada, close your accounts, tell RBC to stop funding the tar sands project.” This was the advice filmmaker Shannon Walsh gave an audience in Toronto after a screening in 2009 of her documentary on the Alberta tar sands project, H2OIL. Someone in the audience, noticeably moved by the film’s ...