Rapid progress on counter-repertoires


in PhD thesis

After working eight hours straight on the counter-repertoires section this afternoon and evening I think the terror necessary to get the dissertation done has been rekindled.

If I keep at it, I should have that section ready to go before I go to sleep.

[Update: 2022-01-31] The extract is now available as a pre-print.

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. February 1, 2022 at 2:38 am

RCMP commissioner loses lawsuit after taking 3 years to respond to spying complaint

RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki violated her legal obligations when she took three years to respond to a complaint alleging Mounties spied on Indigenous and climate activists, a precedent-setting lawsuit found Tuesday.

Cloe Logan

. February 3, 2022 at 4:02 pm

Five environmental organizations have followed through on a threat to sue Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and the provincial government for defamation.

In documents filed Wednesday in Edmonton Court of Queen’s Bench, the groups allege Kenney deliberately twisted the findings of a public inquiry into whether the groups were using foreign funding to try and landlock Alberta oil by spreading misinformation about its environmental impacts.

“There’s a line that [Kenney] crossed,” Paul Champ, lawyer for the environmentalists, said in an interview. “If you don’t hold him accountable on something like this, there’s really no limits for him.”

In October, Calgary forensic accountant Steve Allan filed the results of his inquiry.

He wrote that he found no organized campaign of misinformation. Nothing illegal happened and the groups were merely exercising their free speech rights.

He found that while the groups did accept money from the U.S. to oppose oilsands development, that money amounted to about $3.5 million a year — roughly the cost of Allan’s inquiry.

But the groups allege that even after Allan’s report was released, Kenney made public statements and social media posts that kept falsely accusing them, statements repeated on government websites.


. February 4, 2022 at 9:35 pm

The Global Temptation to Keep Building Pipelines

“All of the above” is a bad energy strategy, but even some of the most forward-thinking countries can’t help falling for it.


. February 7, 2022 at 7:07 pm

After George Floyd’s murder in 2020, the Department of Homeland Security created “baseball card” intelligence reports on Black Lives Matter activists in Portland, Oregon—modelled on the set that depicted Saddam Hussein’s henchmen in 2003.


. February 7, 2022 at 7:09 pm

In seeking greener pastures the firm has waded into places others avoid. Patrick Pouyanné, Total’s pugnacious boss, has made clear that only old-fashioned oil profits can fund a shift to clean energy. He is avidly chasing the world’s most cheaply extractable hydrocarbons, often in the Middle East and Africa. While rivals have poured money into American shale, Total is investing in countries that grace the bottom rungs of ease-of-doing-business rankings (think Libya and Venezuela). If things go well, Total can expect a gusher of rewards—profits of $95bn may flow to it over the life of the Iraqi contract.


. February 8, 2022 at 12:36 am

On a color-coded map, land belonging to Native tribes that opposed the Line 3 pipeline were marked in red — areas of “threat” to the bottom line.
Alleen Brown
January 23 2022, 6:00 a.m.


. February 8, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Rightwing lobby group Alec driving laws to blacklist companies that boycott the oil industry

The American Legislative Exchange Council has drafted legislation modelled on efforts to block divestment from Israel


. February 11, 2022 at 1:14 pm

Facts give lie to claim record oil money is being poured into green projects

Analysis: Little of record profits going to UK taxpayers as fossil firms claim cash is needed for move to low carbon


. March 5, 2022 at 1:24 am

Responding to Oil Funded Anti-divestment Reports


Milan March 5, 2022 at 9:16 pm

Rightwing Lobby Group ALEC Driving Laws to Blacklist Companies That Boycott the Oil Industry

The American Legislative Exchange Council has drafted legislation modeled on efforts to block divestment from Israel.


. March 14, 2022 at 5:33 pm

Canadian pipeline groups spend big to pose as Indigenous champions

Oil and gas companies are ‘Indigenous-washing’ their ads to garner support for projects on First Nation lands


. March 17, 2022 at 6:35 pm

Texas and other states want to punish fossil fuel divestment


Essentially, the bill said the state of Texas cannot do business with financial groups that divest from fossil fuels. Issac says the goal is to get these banks and investment firms to change their policies. He calls it “a responsible way to push back that says, ‘Look, if you’re going to be anti-Texas, then you’re not going to get to do business with Texas.'”

The bill was signed into law last year. Now the Texas comptroller’s office is creating a list of companies that could face a state boycott.

On Wednesday, Comptroller Glenn Hegar sent a letter to 19 financial companies asking for a list of any mutual funds or exchange-traded funds in their portfolios that “prohibit or limit investment in fossil fuels.” He said another round of letters will go out soon to 100 other companies, and any that fails to respond within 60 days “will be presumed to be boycotting energy companies.”

. March 24, 2022 at 8:05 pm

Alberta energy war room immune from freedom of information law, rules adjudicator | CBC News


. April 4, 2022 at 6:48 pm

Rhetoric and frame analysis of ExxonMobil’s climate change communications

ExxonMobil’s public climate change messaging mimics tobacco industry propaganda

Rhetoric of climate “risk” downplays the reality and seriousness of climate change

Rhetoric of consumer “demand” (versus fossil fuel supply) individualizes responsibility

Fossil Fuel Savior frame uses “risk” and “demand” to justify fossil fuels, blame customers

Available documents show that, during the mid-2000s, ExxonMobil’s public AGW communications shifted from explicit doubt (a Scientific Uncertainty frame) to implicit acknowledgment couched in discourses conveying two frames: a Socioeconomic Threat frame, and a Fossil Fuel Savior (FFS) frame. According to the FFS frame:

(1) Everything about AGW is uncertain: a “risk,” as contrasted with a reality.

(2) Fossil fuel companies are passive suppliers responding to consumer energy demand.

(3) Continued fossil fuel dominance is (1) inevitable, given the insufficiency of low-carbon technologies; and (2) reasonable and responsible, because fossil fuels lead to profound, explicit benefits and only ambiguous, uncertain climate “risk(s).”

(4) Customers are to blame for demanding fossil fuels, whose “risk(s)” were common knowledge. Customers knowingly chose to value the benefits of fossil fuels above their risks.

. April 12, 2022 at 6:51 pm
. April 12, 2022 at 7:00 pm

FBI Files Show Agents Tracked Non-Violent 350.org Climate Activists as Part of ‘Domestic Terrorism Case’

“The fact that the FBI is tracking civil disobedience arrests and logging that information into FBI files is quite troubling.”


. April 12, 2022 at 7:01 pm

‘Exceptionally Troubling’: Researchers Show Hack-for-Hire Operation Targeted Groups Fighting for Climate Action and Net Neutrality

“If the investigation demonstrates that Exxon is behind these attacks, it only shows how far the fossil fuel industry will go to silence critics.”


Milan April 16, 2022 at 9:24 pm

On Shell and Dalhousie, see also:

Belliveau, Emilia. “Climate justice in the fossil fuel divestment movement: critical reflections on youth environmental organizing in Canada” https://dspace.library.uvic.ca/bitstream/handle/1828/10052/Belliveau_Emilia_MA_2018.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y p. 73-4

. April 16, 2022 at 11:23 pm

True costs: How the oil industry cast climate policy as an economic burden

For 30 years, the debate has largely ignored the soaring costs of inaction.


. April 22, 2022 at 2:54 pm

Ottawa feared more rail blockades before B.C. pipeline arrests last fall
By Stephanie Taylor & Brenna Owen
News, Politics
April 21st 2022

Ottawa feared more rail blockades before B.C. pipeline arrests last fall | Canada’s National Observer: News & Analysis


. April 25, 2022 at 8:36 pm

Harper’s government intensified their campaign against campaigners after the 2011 election. They portrayed environmentalists as out of sync with Canadian values and progress, trying to dismiss demands for regulation and policy on climate change as fringe interests not held by ‘mainstream’ Canadians, despite evidence that the Canadian public largely supported climate change mitigation (Young & Coutinho, 2013). The characterization of climate change concern as peripheral was demonstrated powerfully and clearly in a January 2012 open letter penned by Joe Oliver, then Minister of Natural Resources, in national newspaper The Globe and Mail. In the open letter, Minister Oliver repeatedly invoked the “Canadian national interest” as irrevocably linked to expanded trade in oil and gas, drawing an overly simplistic binary distinction between those who support Canadian economic interests and those “radicals” who do not. He stated that, “(U)nfortunately, there are environmental and other radical groups that would seek to block this opportunity to diversify our trade. Their goal is to stop any major project no matter what the cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic growth” (Oliver, 2012, online, emphasis mine). While this kind of approach is not new – activists protesting logging in Clayoquot Sound, for example, were positioned as antijobs (Moore, 2015) – the extension of such a previously place-based characterization of local activists to now be applied to the broad community of environmental and climate activists across the country seems to be a new tactic.

https://tspace.library.utoronto.ca/bitstream/1807/95883/1/Lakanen_Raili_201906_PhD_thesis.pdf (p. 94)

. May 19, 2022 at 7:58 pm

How TC Energy pressured RCMP to enforce injunction on Wet’suwet’en territory | The Narwhal


. May 19, 2022 at 7:59 pm

Wet’suwet’en report round-the-clock surveillance and harassment by RCMP and pipeline security | Ricochet


. July 21, 2022 at 4:20 pm

FBI Terrorism Docs Show Agency Investigated Greenpeace, Other Environmental Organizations


. August 5, 2022 at 12:16 am

Lawsuit alleges Oregon snooped on pipeline opponents | Canada’s National Observer: News & Analysis


. August 25, 2022 at 6:56 pm

For decades, Canada has claimed that it is balancing immediate political benefits. But that has led to grossly insufficient reductions in emissions, threats to Indigenous lives and livelihoods, and risks to future generations. If that doesn’t change, the planet and its inhabitants will be balanced to death.


. September 19, 2022 at 11:24 am

Governments urged to act after oil giants accused of misleading public | Oil | The Guardian


. September 19, 2022 at 11:25 am

Criticism intensifies after big oil admits ‘gaslighting’ public over green aims

Fury as ‘explosive’ files reveal largest oil companies contradicted public statements and wished bedbugs upon critical activists


. September 19, 2022 at 3:04 pm

As resistance grows to the fossil fuel regime, laws are springing up everywhere to suppress climate activists

Along with subsidising big polluters, governments are setting in place repressive anti-protest laws to protect them


. September 28, 2022 at 5:20 pm

Climate Activist Who Fought Dakota Access Pipeline Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison

Her case is being called ‘one of the most aggressive prosecutions of environmental activists in U.S. history.’

A climate activist who attempted to undermine construction of the Dakota Access pipeline was sentenced to 6 years in prison last week, in part because prosecutors relied on a criminal statute that classified her actions as domestic terrorism — a situation Grist is calling ‘one of the most aggressive prosecutions of environmental activists in U.S. history.’

In 2016-17, Ruby Montoya — along with fellow activist Jessica Reznicek — committed several acts of arson and sabotage in the hopes of damaging the Dakota Access pipeline and its related equipment. At the time, DAPL was the site of extended grassroots demonstrations from Indigenous groups and allies who protested the construction of the crude oil-carrying pipeline through tribal lands and water sources.

. October 4, 2022 at 2:45 pm

UN accuses Bangladesh of suppressing environmental activism | Environment News | Al Jazeera


. November 28, 2022 at 10:27 am

‘Stonewalled’: Trans Mountain hides dealings with private security and spy firms

Federally-owned pipeline company refuses to release contracts or reports


. December 31, 2022 at 1:24 pm

GOP lawmakers accuse investment firms of breaking a law that prohibits divesting from oil and gas


. January 30, 2023 at 12:21 pm

Politicians Want to Keep Money Out of E.S.G. Funds. Could It Backfire?

Divesting from environmental, social and governance funds and companies like BlackRock that run them may create legal jeopardy, our columnist writes.


. January 31, 2023 at 7:21 pm

Students and community members from Divest UMW sat in during March/April 2015 to demand divestment from fossil fuels. 3 people were arrested in April after the administration warned the group to leave or police would take action.


. February 3, 2023 at 12:34 am

The secretive legal weapon that fossil fuel interests use against climate-conscious countries

Investor-state dispute settlements increasingly allow oil and gas investors to sue countries over their climate policies.


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