'Alternative' energy and less energy

17/08/19
Author: 
Robert Hackett
A shot of Fort McMurray, Alberta in 2012. Photo by Kris Krüg from Flickr

August 9th 2019

The Trudeau government and the petrobloc (the fossil fuel industries and their political, financial and media allies) would like you to believe that the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline (TMX), intended to triple the flow of diluted bitumen from the Athabasca Sands to the port of Vancouver, is a done deal.

But the latest approval of TMX by the Trudeau government and the industry-friendly National Energy Board does not settle the issue.

13/08/19
Author: 
Seth Klein
Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer speaks to a crowd in British Columbia on July 28, 2019. Photo by CPC

Last month, as part of the research for a book I am writing on mobilizing Canada for the climate emergency, I commissioned an extensive national public opinion poll from Abacus Data. The full results of the poll can be found on the Abacus website here.

07/08/19
Author: 
Aviva Chomsky
Despite challenges from parts of both the labor and the environmental movements, which its sponsors had undoubtedly hoped would be among its strongest supporters, Markey and Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal resolution has gone a remarkably long way toward putting a genuine discussion of what an effective and just climate policy might look like in the public arena for the first time. (Photo: Emelia Gold)

This article contains some rare information and analysis about U.S. unions' positions on the Green New Deal and the climate disruption crisis in general.

Published onTuesday, August 06, 2019 by TomDispatch

02/08/19
Author: 
Barry Saxifrage
Oil burning - US Marine Corps photo by Pfc Marie Rose Xenikakes (Wikipedia)
July 31st 2019
 

Despite decades of promises to prevent a climate crisis, the primary cause of it — global fossil fuel burning — continues to increase rapidly. Last year's record-breaking burn was a doozy.

That's according to data in the latest "BP Statistical Review of World Energy."

01/08/19
Author: 
Geoff Dembicki
Iron & Earth founder Liam Hildebrand holds a photo of himself standing by a log cabin in the woods. His message: ‘There are two major parts to who I am, the steelworker who is also passionate about the environment.’ Photo from Iron & Earth.

July 31, 2019

‘Tens of thousands’ of people would be put to work immediately in high-skill jobs, say advocates.

What will a transition away from oil and gas mean for workers in Alberta?

06/07/19
Author: 
Don Pittis

Global investment of more than $1 trillion in planned LNG plants at risk

Employees work next to tanks for liquefied natural gas at a factory in Xian, China in June. China is a prime customer in a worldwide LNG expansion. (Reuters)
04/07/19
Author: 
Bolivia delegation at the UN

 

We should live in a simple way for others to be able to live as well.
Mahatma Gandhi

He who is richer is not who has more, but who needs less.
Zapotec saying, Oaxaca, Mexico

2010 - We suffer the severe effects of climate change, of the energy, food and financial crises. This is not the product of human beings in general, but of the existing inhuman capitalist system, with its unlimited industrial development. It is brought about by minority groups who control world power, concentrating wealth and power on themselves alone.

27/06/19
Author: 
Judy Deutsch

The New Deal and World War II are reminders of past transformative times, reverberating in current severe hardships and extreme dangers. Emergencies can bring clarity and reason about what to do, though at the opposite end, crises can elicit the worst outcomes, such as outlined by Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine.

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