Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Wednesday Afternoon Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

- Crawford Kilian discusses what Canada's long-term climate policy needs to look like as it becomes abundantly clear that relying primarily on consumer-based carbon pricing has failed both as a means of reducing carbon pollution, and as a political calculation. Celeste Young and Roger Jones discuss the reality that providing people with accurate information about the climate crisis has done little to spur any systemic change. And Graham Readfearn talks to Lesley Hughes about the importance of maintaining hope even while recognizing the immense work ahead of us to avert a full climate breakdown. 

- John Gibbons highlights the dangers of allowing the imperative of maintaining a survivable environment to be subordinated to the capital class' demand for perpetually growing wealth extraction. And Fiona Harvey discusses Thomas Piketty's ideas which can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and inequality together. 

- Amber Bracken and Drew Anderson offer a reminder of the carnage being wrought in the Alberta tar sands - even as the perpetrators greenwash themselves and their destruction. And Matthew Taylor reports on new estimates showing that even based on its own spin, the fossil fuel sector is centuries away from zeroing out its emissions with carbon capture. 

- Beth Mole reports on big pharma's massive dark money donations being used to try to avoid any steps to make needed medications more affordable in the U.S. 

- And finally, Arman Hamidian discusses the need to tackle our common challenges with a whole-of-society approach, rather than an assumption that individual incentives and choices are our only options. 


  1. Anonymous7:23 p.m.

    We are willfully ignorant!


  2. Phillip Huggan8:00 p.m.

    I'm machine learning prefabs, metal rolling, and conveyor belts. The metal winds up being good building material partially refined, but maybe more than 0.16% S. It is green to locate at Prince Rupert and parts of Quebec ahead of the clay belt, which has the right idea making forage lands as there are two creek valleys near Kitimat of such suitability. The conveyor belts better are surely green nad the metal rolling uses a lot of gases now but the idea is to have mines in space rather than Earth. My 7-10 were a wash for prefabs and Cranbrook to Cgy I should've added though is dry and good housing already: the 2 dozen reports will diffuse where housing for sure.