Showing posts from April 9, 2016

Australia Is Letting the Great Barrier Reef Die Over a Lot of Coal

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[With Harper gone, Australia is now pretty much on its own as a Westernized, developed nation that still maintains full-frontal dinosauric environmental policies. However, before we gt too happy with ourselves, see also: Canada's Mining Industry 'A Black Eye On Our Country,' Needs Stricter Oversight: McKay, and Keystone Pipeline Mishap Has TransCanada Scrambling Again. Is Mr. Trudeau a case of  "Here comes the new boss, same as the old boss?" *RON*]

Written by Sarah Emerson, Vice Motherboard, 6 April 2016

If there was one thing Australia could’ve done to save the Great Barrier Reef, it would’ve been to block the development of the country’s largest coal mine, which its state government approved with resounding confidence this week.

The Great Barrier Reef, true to its name, is the most expansive reef ecosystem in the world. It’s the largest living organism on the entire planet, and is so big we can actually see it from outer…

Thomas Mulcair Used To Sell Margaret Thatcher's Neo-Liberal Politics

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[Hardly a progressive. Let's not forget that Mr. Mulcair began life, politically, as a rather right-wing Liberal. *RON*]
By Catherine Lévesque, Huffington Post Quebec, 8 April 2016

“The only way to create sustainable work is to remove the government from the back of private enterprise.”

No, those words didn’t come from Conservative leadership hopeful Maxime Bernier but rather Thomas Mulcair, when he was a Quebec Liberal at the National Assembly in 2000.

Another video in which Mulcair praises the economic policies of Britain’s former Conservative prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, has come to light just as the federal NDP is about to begin its national convention in Edmonton.

Mulcair has a tough job on his hands this weekend. He must convince party members that he can maintain the social democratic traditions of the NDP and lead them towards the next federal election in 2019, while facing yet another leadership vote.

A huge 'lifetime wage gap' still exists between men and women, especially women of color

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[It's interesting that you usually hear this described as a 'wage gap,' NOT as income inequality, which it is. So many people today, when they think about feminism at all, think - like that photo of George Bush on the airplane carrier - Mission Accomplished! The reality is that we still aren't where we intended to be, even on the basics like equal pay for equal work. And we never even got close when it comes to Black, Hispanic and Aboriginal women. *RON*]
By Meteor Blades, Daily Kos, 6 April 2016

At the first link in the text below, you can find an interactive version of this map.

The former CFO of Enron warned a group of execs that large US companies are doing the same things he did

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[Read this along side this one: Jamie Dimon Tells Us We Need to Leave Too Big to Fail Banks Alone. *RON*]

Julia La Roche, Business Insider, 6 April 2016

Andrew Fastow, the former Enron CFO, warned a group of business execs that many companies are doing the exact same things he did at the now defunct energy giant.

Fastow, who spent six years in prison, spoke on Tuesday afternoon to a group of 200 people in a private room upstairs at STK in New York's Meatpacking District.

The event was organized by a number of local chapters of Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) and World Presidents' Organization.

Hedge fund manager Whitney Tilson, a YPO member and former chairman of the Manhattan chapter, was in attendance.

He sent out the following event recap in an email:

Wind and Solar Are Crushing Fossil Fuels

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[Christy Clark, do you read the news? Record clean energy investment outpaces gas and coal 2 to 1. *RON*]

Tom Randall, Bloomberg, 6 April 2016

Wind and solar have grown seemingly unstoppable.

While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels.

One reason is that renewable energy is becoming ever cheaper to produce. Recent solar and wind auctions in Mexico and Morocco ended with winning bids from companies that promised to produce electricity at the cheapest rate, from any source, anywhere in the world, said Michael Liebreich, chairman of the advisory board for Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF).

"We're in a low-cost-of-oil environment for the foreseeable future," Liebreich said during his keynote address at the BNEF Summit in …

B.C. conflict commissioner launches review of exclusive political events

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[We'll see. If BC history runs true to course, there will be a review using a toothless set of regulations and it will be concluded that, as unethical as the whole thing is, there is nothing 'illegal' about it - shades of Panama. Just look at this: "Opposition NDP Leader John Horgan said the optics surrounding exclusive fundraising events are terrible, but, like Clark, he participates in them because they have not been ruled illegal and he doesn't want to give the Liberals a fundraising advantage." No Bernie Sanders, he. See also: B.C. premier rejects calls for spending reforms, NDP seeks donation ban. *RON*]

The Canadian Press, Vancouver Observer, 8 April 2016

VICTORIA — British Columbia's conflict of interest commissioner says he will review two complaints that exclusive, high-priced fundraising events promising access to political leaders are breaches of a provincial law.

Paul Fraser said in a letter that he plans…