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Canada gives $3.3bn subsidies to fossil fuel producers despite climate pledge

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[This kind of story gets far greater play outside of Canada than within. Government subsidy to gas and oil companies undermine Trudeau’s plan to put national price on carbon dioxide by 2018, environmental report warned. See also: Scientists Urge Trudeau To Stop Using Poor Environmental Assessments. *RON*]
Oliver Milman, The Guardian, 15 November 2016
Canada’s attempt to act on climate change is being undermined by $3.3bn in government subsidies flowing to oil and gas producers in the country a year, a new report has warned.

The prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has vowed to place a national price on carbon dioxide emissions by 2018. Last week, Trudeau said he would not be deterred by the election as US president of Donald Trump, who has called climate change a “hoax”, and would forge ahead with the plan to “show leadership that quite frankly the entire world is looking for”.

If Trump Pulls the U.S. Out of the Paris Agreement, France Might Carbon Tax Our Goods

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[The rest of the world is not pleased with the president-elect’s climate change denialism and will make the US pay. *RON*]
By Katie Herzog, Slate, 15 November 2016

This story originally appeared on Grist and has been reproduced here with permission, thanks to Climate Desk.

Nicolas Sarkozy proposed a carbon tax on American-made goods if President-elect Donald Trump pulls out of the climate accord.

Russia withdraws backing for International Criminal Court treaty

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[Putin thus enters the illustrious company of any number of African tinpot dictators. Icing on the cake: Philippines' Duterte says may follow Russia's withdrawal from 'useless' ICC. *RON*]
Andrew Osborn & Stephanie van den Berg, Reuters, 16 November 2016

President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order on Wednesday removing Russia's signature from the International Criminal Court's founding treaty, piling pressure on a court that is already reeling from withdrawals by some African countries.

Moscow never ratified the treaty, which it signed in 2000, meaning it never became a member subject to its jurisdiction. But the symbolic move coincided with the opening day of the general assembly of member states.

Bella Bella Fights Massive Diesel Spill After Tugboat Runs Aground

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[I'd say this is attracting more attention outside of BC than it is here; another indictment of the political bias in our local mainstream media. See also: A Diesel Spill Is Putting the World's Largest Temperate Rainforest at Risk; Tug's diesel spill a ‘nightmare’ for Heiltsuk Nation in British Columbia; Canadian First Nation cleans up latest fuel spill mess. *RON*]

Daniel Mesec, Indian Country, 15 November 2016.

Bella Bella, British Columbia, is in the heart of the Heilsuk Nation, where harvesting clams, crab and kelp, and fishing for salmon, herring and other marine creatures is the lifeblood for all who live there.

Now those waters have been poisoned by 52,850 gallons of diesel that they are still struggling to clean up a month after it happened. On October 13 the Nathan E. Stewart tug was traveling under a waiver that allowed it to transit Canadian waters without a Canadian marine pilot when it went ashore and sank in Seaforth Ch…

America Has Abdicated Its Leadership of the West

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["For 100 years, the United States was the leader of the free world. With the election of Donald Trump, America has now abdicated that role. It is time for Europe, and Angela Merkel, to step into the void." See also the New York Times: As Obama Exits World Stage, Angela Merkel May Be the Liberal West’s Last Defender. *RON*]

By Dirk Kurbjuweit, Der Spiegel, 14 November 2016
Even history sometimes leans toward pathos. In January 2017, when Donald Trump is sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, the American Age will celebrate its 100th birthday -- and its funeral.

The West was constituted in its modern form in January 1917. World War I was raging in Europe at the time and in Washington, D.C., President Woodrow Wilson told his country that it was time for Americans to take responsibility for "peace and justice." In April he said: "The world must be made safe for democracy." He declared war on Germany and sen…

Traditional Economics Can’t Help. We Need to Rethink Growth and Capitalism

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[Economics and policy for inclusive and sustainable growth. I've downloaded a sample chapter from her book but haven't had time to read it yet. *RON*]
By Mariana Mazzucato, Evonomics, n.d.
In 2008, Queen Elizabeth II went to the London School of Economics to open a new academic building. The British Monarch has made it a life’s work to avoid saying anything contentious in public, but this time she had a question for the economists: Why had they not seen the financial crash coming?

Her question went to the heart of two huge failures of modern economics: the near collapse of some of the world’s major economies; and the faith in an orthodox economic framework that offered no explanation for what was happening. The thesis of my new book Rethinking Capitalism: Economics and Policy for Inclusive and SustainableGrowth, co-edited with Michael Jacobs, is that these two failures are intimately related. The failure by policy-makers to fully underst…