Press Clipping: The grossly unequal distribution of climate impacts is not some little-understood consequence of the failure to control carbon emissions. It is the result of a series of policy decisions the governments of wealthy countries have made—and continue to make—with full knowledge of the facts and in the face of strenuous objections. Clearly the definition of “dangerous” climate change had more than a little to do with the wildly unequal ways in which human lives are counted.
In the Media
Press Clipping: David Roberts tells it like it is: "When we talk about transitioning our society to renewable energy, these "decarbonization scenarios" are often presented as thought experiments, not practical roadmaps. But we are past the time when thought experiments are enough. We need to start thinking in practical terms about how to get the technologies we need ready. What's more, we need serious, realistic thinking about the social and political buy-in necessary to drive this wholesale energy transformation."
Press Clipping: Stephen Harper is playing down the impact of energy on the overall Canadian economy, noting that other sectors will help keep growth strong during hard times for the oil patch. The Prime Minister, who has previously promoted Canada abroad as an emerging energy superpower, stressed the importance of small business, manufacturing and innovation during an event in St. Catharines, one of many Southwestern Ontario communities that have lost manufacturing jobs in recent years.
Press Clipping: If you have heard anything about the Canada’s Premiers meeting in Ottawa on January 30, you probably know the Prime Minister is not attending. So--like the media--you are not paying much attention to it. That’s unfortunate because it just might be the biggest climate change meeting ever in Canada. Or maybe it’s a good thing that the Prime Denier stays home. We’ll see.
Press Clipping: Can universities really force a change in the world’s fossil fuel companies? More than 220 University of British Columbia professors think so. In a key faculty vote this week, the educators signed a petition pledging they will cast their ballots to urge UBC to sell off the university's holdings of the world’s “200 most polluting” fossil fuel companies. They want the university's corporate stocks in oil, coal and gas divested, all in the next five years. UBC is the latest campus to catch what has become a nationwide fossil fuel divestment fever.
Press Clipping: Since last spring, the city of Burnaby has been trying to extract from Kinder Morgan a copy of their Emergency Response Plan for its proposal to expand the Trans Mountain oil pipeline and the Burnaby terminal. Kinder Morgan has refused, insisting the plans are confidential. Now Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan, who has promised to stand in front of the bulldozers to stop the project, has gained an unexpected ally who just might be able to persuade the energy giant that sharing is good. Premier Christy Clark has dismissed Kinder Morgan’s offer to privately file documents on their oil-spill response program.
Press Clipping: The new Burnaby North-Seymour riding is likely to be ground zero of the battle over pipelines during the 2015 federal election campaign. The riding, divided by Burrard Inlet into a Conservative-friendly north and a more New Democrat-leaning south, includes both Burnaby Mountain, site of recent anti-pipeline civil disobedience, and the Westridge Marine Terminal. Scientist Lynne Quarmby, recently acclaimed as the Green party candidate, is so devoted to the issue she got herself arrested during the recent Burnaby Mountain protest against Kinder Morgan’s.
Press Clipping: Geochemist Ben Cowie, a University of Calgary graduate now with a PhD and moved to Harvard, is causing ripples in the oilpatch with a paper recently published in an American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin. Cowie’s research points to a potentially new hazard for oilsands developers — geologic instability in a narrow corridor from Fort McMurray south east to Cold Lake. His work could point to the need for new regulations to make extraction safe for workers and the environment in potentially unstable areas.