Politics

CBC News reports: Legault’s growing number of supporters endorsed, instead, his politics of the status quo. This is a politics of more tax cuts aimed at the broad middle class and of docile environmental policies, of investments in elder care and the odd quarrel with Ottawa. … But Québec Solidaire, the progressive party that had […]

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Princeton is not only divesting but ‘dissociating’ from fossil fuel corporations: Divestment is a decision to refuse to invest in a company or set of companies and entails the sale of all securities associated with a company, including both direct and indirect investments, and precludes the repurchasing of those securities. Dissociation means also refraining, to […]

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One inescapable but confounding element of trying to understand politics, international relations, and history up to the present day is that we don’t have access to what governments are doing in secret. We will need to re-write the history of these times decades from now, if circumstances and freedom of information laws permit historians to […]

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Renewable energy sources — wind, wave, solar, and the like — are generally the preferred energy sources of environmentalists. At the same time, there is no way to produce energy without some sort of environmental impact, and the more people you need energy for the greater the impact will be. Some examples of environmental impacts […]

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In the UK, Ed Gemmell launched a “Climate Party” to “take on 110 Conservatives in the next election”. In the US, Andrew Yang is trying a “Forward Party”. Is there any sense in this approach, or will such issue-specific parties inevitably be marginalized like other third parties in a first past the post electoral system?

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Shadiya A. Aidid’s Master of Health Sciences thesis from Lakehead University is the latest major scholarly publication on the campus fossil fuel divestment movement: From divestment to climate justice: perspectives from university fossil fuel divestment campaigns The thesis examines case studies of “Divest Concordia based at Concordia University, Climate Justice UBC based at the University […]

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It is being reported today that a study at Imperial College London “modelled the spread of the disease in 185 countries and territories between December 2020 and December 2021, [and] found that without Covid vaccines 31.4 million people would have died, and that 19.8 million of these deaths were avoided.” That is a staggering, historical […]

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With economic instability, the Ukraine war, and increased fossil fuel prices there is a disturbing trend toward nations deepening their fossil fuel dependence. For instance: Chinese premier calls for more coal production as electricity demand soars: Records for electricity usage broken in Shandong, Henan and Jiangsu after early summer heatwaves UK close to deal with […]

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One of the most bizarre things the Trudeau government has ever said about energy and climate change is that building the Trans Mountain pipeline is necessary for the transition away from fossil fuels because it will raise the money needed to carry it out. This has always been an absurd proposition. It’s ridiculous on its […]

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Further substantiation of the carbon bubble / stranded assets argument that if governments act seriously on their climate goals then a huge amount of fossil fuel investment will become worthless: Nature Climate Change study: Stranded fossil-fuel assets translate to major losses for investors in advanced economies Guardian reporting: People in US and UK face huge […]

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