Sep 082018



2018-09-14    UPDATE to Leakers and Publishers: Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, Arjen Kamphuis, Net neutrality

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Oil’s Deep State

Kevin Taft‘s new book

2017-10   Book, Oil’s Deep State, How the petroleum industry undermines democracy and stops action on global warming – in Alberta, and in Ottawa

I am going to hear what Kevin Taft has to say!   in COURTENAY

2018-09-13   An evening with Kevin Taft, author, “Oil’s Deep State”. Courtenay, BC, Sept 13

The author of this other book on the petroleum industry is a nice-sounding propagandist, as far as I am concerned.   I complained to the CBC, and stopped short of registering a full complaint with the CBC Ombudsperson.

2018-04-29 Chris Turner, author of “The (Oil) Patch”, interview. Pipelines and Bitumen.

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Good News stories re  Tar Sands and Pipeline Expansions:

 2018-09-05   EcoJustice suing to protect the endangered orcas

2018-08-30 Federal Court of Appeal overturned the Kinder Morgan TransMountain pipeline approval!

2018-08-30 VICTORY: We’ve defeated Trans Mountain,  from EcoJustice (lawyers for the case)

Reply to: the Court Decision on the TransMountain (Kinder Morgan) Pipeline is “a big mistake”

2018-08-06   Comment on “Estimates of exceedances of critical loads for acidification”, includes connection tar sands – nuclear

The huge planned expansion of Tar Sands production will, among other ills, exacerbate climate change.   Meanwhile . . .


Building sea-side, sea-level higher-density housing when sea levels are rising.   Who is going to pay, in the end?

The Good News is Mobilization to stop it.   Your signature on a Petition will be helpful to local people. 

Click on   2018-08-02   (Salish Sea)  Save French Creek Estuary Land


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Staring down opposite ends of the same pipeline

You, in Saskatchewan.  Me in BC.  We’re staring down opposite ends of the same pipeline.

BC – – West Coast:

  • prevent death of coastal waters by oil spills and super size tanker traffic  – – means
  • stop the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline Expansion  – – means
  • stop expansion of Tar Sands production (Suncor)**  – –  means
  • Canada will at least be TRYING to help other countries address greenhouse gases.


  • prevent nuclear reactors  (“SMR”s – – Small Modular Reactors)* for the huge planned expansion of Tar Sands production** – – means
  • don’t need Pipeline Expansion  – – means
  • Canada will at least be TRYING to help other countries address greenhouse gases.
  • and tax-payers won’t be footing the bill to help a dying industry (nuclear) survive (with its $$ multiple-millions salaries for the head haunchos).

Whichever end of the pipe you’re on,  we sink or swim together?

2018-08-28   French Minister Nicolas Hulot says he is leaving government because president is not doing enough to meet environmental goals, The Guardian


* SMR’s  Thanks to Elaine:  Several postings on SMRs:

**  2018-02-27 Canada’s largest integrated energy company has filed an application for a massive new oilsands project defying expectations of slowing growth in the oilsands, Financial Post


Connection,   the “Massive new oilsands project”  and  Nuclear:

Tar sands were strip-mined in the beginning; they were at the surface.  The further the development, the deeper the deposits, the more energy (heat) required in the mining.  I presume they’re still using natural gas to boil water, making steam that can be forced underground.

You could figure out the attempt to build a nuclear reactor on the North Sask River when we did that tour with Andrew Nikiforuk, to help inform about planned development of the tar sands on the Sask side of the border – –  gargantuan demand for energy.   To be paid for by publicly-financed energy supply and power lines.  Citizens stopped the reactor, when they knew the economics, the costs they would be saddled with.

The SMR’s have been in the making for a lot of years – – all the same issues as big reactors, but now they’re “small” and benign.

2011-09-02 Moving Saskatchewan forward .. to a toxic economy (the Government $10 million deal with Hitachi / GE for “small” reactors for tar sands.

2018-07-25 Nuclear:  Commentary & Updates. Cameco lays off hundreds of Saskatchewan employees, extends site shutdowns, CBC News.

The “SMR’s”  are a climate change issue – – the source of the electricity they need to boil the kettle, or to heat the Earth, to heat the tar, to get it to the surface  – – for, according to the Financial Post,  a “massive new oilsands project”,  that requires new, expanded pipeline capacity.

On top of

  • what they’re doing to the Fort Mac area and the residents of Fort Chipewyan
  • what they’re doing to fresh water supplies
  • the burgeoning forest fires
  • all that comes with an expanded pipeline
  • mother orcas in mourning for their lost offspring
  • reliance on investment from funds such as Canada Pension Plan (CPP), IN SPITE OF financial analysis that says Tar Sands are a bad investment

they want to keep on pumping out high level radioactive waste.  More than 50 years of trying, and they still haven’t found a way to safely dispose of it.

BUT!   there is a good news story in all of this.   I don’t think it would have happened without our intense mobilization in 2006.

Let me thank you – –  I don’t think anyone else is going to!     2018-08-06    Comment on “Estimates of exceedances of critical loads for acidification”, includes connection tar sands – nuclear – university.   


How is it that EVERYTHING is important?  This too, Canadians should know about:

2018-08-20  Nuclear Industry,  A New Era: Abandoning Defunct Nuclear Reactors  Press Release.

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2018-09     2018, a REALLY bad year for Monsanto (and new owner, Bayer CropScience)

The information that was here, is updated and in a separate posting   2018, a REALLY bad year for Monsanto . . .

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2018-09-02 Vaccinations, Gardasil (HPV Vaccine), Update

2018-08-22 Change the world, not yourself, or how Arendt called out Thoreau – – from Aeon. By Katie Fitzpatrick

A Reason, a Season, or a Lifetime

2018-09-03   GDP still vital tool, but new ways needed to take Singapore’s pulse, Business Times     Is there a crack in the wall?  A business publication hinting that our economic indicators are insufficient?!   I hope to find time to contact and support the academics who are stepping up to the plate – – tell them about the new textbooks that are already available (Tufts University).

2018-08-25   “Salish Sea”, poster for book event, Sept 24





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