Articles Environment

  • Climate change and corporate greed combine to destroy forests with fire and felling

    Environment

    The razing of millions of acres of forests by wildfires has been increasing in scale and intensity for the past few decades. This year has set new records for the number of trees and shrubs destroyed by fire – not just in the United States and Canada, but also in many other countries, including England, Spain, Portugal, and Greece. Wildfires have been a yearly occurrence in the summer months for centuries. Triggered mainly by lightning, they were nature’s way of disposing of dead timber and providing fertile ground for new plant growth.

  • The limits of renewable energy and the case for degrowth

    Environment

    The obstacles to the transition to renewable energy reveal the limits of mainstream thinking and the impossibility of never-ending growth. Technological change will not suffice. We need to rethink consumerism and growth, which is all but impossible within the current capitalist framework. Degrowth may be a more difficult road to travel, but it is more likely to get us where we need to go without planetary climate upheaval and without exacerbating social inequality.

  • The People’s Pipeline

    Environment

    In an era of neoliberal privatization when governments the world over are hastening to sell off state owned assets, Justin Trudeau bucks the trend by ponying up $4.5 billion to buy the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline, with complete disregard for the resolute opposition by the B.C. government, many Indigenous groups, most environmentalists and thousands of citizens across the country deeply worried about the ecological impact and risks of both the pipeline expansion and the ensuing escalation of tanker traffic.

  • Manitoba Hydro’s dirty power — and dark legacy

    Environment

    Relations between Hydro and Indigenous communities have improved somewhat since then, the CEC heard. Although there is still conflict and issues of racism around existing Hydro projects, like the Keeyask Generating Station, the review found. The worst part of all this is you get the feeling you’re only hearing a very small part of a much bigger story behind these Hydro mega-projects in the north when it comes to the paternalism, the bigotry and the assault on human dignity that appeared to be so rampant.

  • Energy economics

    Economic Crisis

    Entire cities are now running out of water, while others are violently flooded with far too much of it. Wildfires, droughts, pestilence, famines: climate change is already making these disasters bigger, stronger and more frequent. And we’ve seen nothing yet. By the end of the century, there could be two billion climate refugees. Two billion. We are facing simply unprecedented levels of death, misery and collapse in already Dickensian living standards. Unless, of course, we take truly radical action.

  • Climate change and the next left

    Environment

    Climate change is already happening. But the really bad news is that there’s very strong evidence that capitalism will deliver a future of catastrophic climate change that will have far-reaching effects around the world, especially in the imperialized countries of the Global South. There is a vast gap between the continuing growth of greenhouse gas emissions and the massive reductions of emissions are needed to prevent widespread catastrophes.

  • We’re all getting played by Kinder Morgan

    Canadian Politics

    It is entirely possible that Kinder Morgan has already decided to cut its losses and walk away from the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) – and not for the reasons they are telling their shareholders or the public. It may well be that the May 31 deadline is merely for show, and the Texas-based corporation has already determined the project is not feasible both for economic reasons and due to profound Indigenous and popular opposition.

  • Canada Moving to Exempt Majority of New Oilsands Projects From Federal Assessments

    Canadian Politics

    “I would argue that the federal government has the constitutional power to deal with greenhouse gas emissions and they need to show some leadership if they’re going to purport to be acting in a way that’s consistent with their obligations under the Paris Agreement,” she said. “They need to exercise that jurisdiction to make sure that over the long term Canada’s greenhouse gases are not increasing but are decreasing and eventually reaching carbon neutrality.”

  • First Nations Leaders Pledge to Block Pipeline Expansion

    Environment

    From the outset, Ottawa has faced opposition to carbon taxes from some provinces, which fear such market-based mechanisms will discourage private business investment. And mass popular opposition accompanied by the global downturn in resource prices has already led to TransCanada’s cancellation of its $15.7-billion Energy East project and Ottawa’s nixing of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline.

  • Climate Change and the Struggle Against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline

    Environment

    Political activism around climate change, from Standing Rock to innumerable cities across North America, is growing. Another failed climate meeting in Marrakesh this month and the climate denialists surrounding U.S. President Donald Trump have given these struggles added urgency in themselves and in the solidarity linking them to other social justice struggles. No need to even invoke the necessity of an eco-socialist political project as it is where all alternatives are pointing.

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