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One-Third of British Columbia's Oil and Gas Wells Are Leaking Significant Levels of Methane

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["The number one reason the industry is not dealing with the problem is the cost. It has nothing to do with the technology." *RON*]

Andrew Nikiforuk, The Ecologist, 26 July 2017
A new report about to be released shows methane leaks from active and abandoned wells in British Columbia are more than twice as high as government estimates making them more polluting than commercial transportation, writes ANDREW NIKIFORUK

About 35 per cent of British Columbia's 11,000 active oil wells, abandoned wells and water injection wells in the northeastern part of the province are leaking significant amounts of methane, according to a forthcoming new study.

The report will be released later in the summer and submitted to the industry-funded British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission.

Researchers with the David Suzuki Foundation measured leaks from abandoned, suspended, shut-in and active oil wells in the Montney shale gas play near Fort St. John.


Endangered Caribou Habitat Clearcut During B.C. Election Uncertainty

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[Throw the book at them: "While the transfer of power dragged on in Victoria and federal bureaucrats were taking their time studying the caribou issue, Canfor ploughed ahead with its controversial logging. This work even violates the company’s own commitments by CEO Don Kayne to the B.C. Special Committee on Timber Supply" Call it The Site C Gambit: rush in, create as much irreversible damage as you can as fast as you can and, when you get caught, say "Oops, too late now!" *RON*]

Damien Gillis, DeSmog Blog, 26 July 2017
Forestry giant Canfor is logging critical habitat for mountain caribou, recent video footage reveals.

The company, which donated just shy of $1 million to the BC Liberal Party, has proceeded with clearcuts in the Upper Clearwater Valley, near Wells Gray Provincial Park, despite a legal application for an emergency stop-work order currently under review by federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and a com…

The quitting economy

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[The crapification of labour. When employees are treated as short-term assets, they reinvent themselves as marketable goods, always ready to quit. It's worth stressing: the more we treat everything as marketable, the more we commodify ourselves and those around us, the less we think of one another as beings to whom we owe a moral obligation. *RON*]

Ilana Gershon, Aeon, 26 July 2017
In the early 1990s, career advice in the United States changed. A new social philosophy, neoliberalism, was transforming society, including the nature of employment, and career counsellors and business writers had to respond. The Soviet Union had recently collapsed, and much as communist thinkers had tried to apply Marxist ideas to every aspect of life, triumphant US economic intellectuals raced to implement the ultra-individualist ideals of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and other members of the Mont Pelerin Society, far and wide. In doing so for work, they deve…

Natixis Ranks US 17th for Retirement Wellbeing, Income Inequality a Minus

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[The American Way for seniors: a shorter life, lower quality of life, and higher income inequality. Reminds me of the Woody Allen joke: "The food here is terrible!" "Yes, and the portions are so small!" *RON*]

Poonkulali Thangavelu, Chief Information Officer, 28 July 2017

The US ranks 17th among 43 countries on a 2017 index of retiree wellbeing across developed countries put together by Natixis Global Asset Management, sliding down from its number 14 rank for 2016.

The Boston asset management firm bases its rankings on 18 measures of retiree welfare across the four broader aspects of finances, health, material wellbeing, and quality of life.

The top-10 ranked countries on the Natixis retiree wellbeing index for 2017 include (in order of ranking) Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

The factors that impacted the US’s ranking are:
The US ranks only 30th…

Christy Clark, a polarizing premier, leaves the political arena with an uncertain legacy

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[A lull in the class wars. You have to love the Rich Coleman line! See also: Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Port Edward, B.C., no longer proceedingRichmond city council to ask government to stop work on Massey Tunnel replacementJohn Horgan calls on BC Hydro not to finalize Site C contracts. *RON*]

Justin McElroy & Richard Zussman, CBC News, 29 July 2017
After Christy Clark announced she would be stepping down as leader of the B.C. Liberal Party, the first public comments from her fellow MLAs came from Rich Coleman, B.C.'s long-time deputy premier.

"I want to talk about Christy for a second," he said, voice choking up, outside the building where the Liberals were holding a caucus retreat.

"I've never worked with anybody with more passion and love, strength of leadership and management in my entire life than Christy Clark.

"What she's given to this province should never be forgiven," said Coleman, be…