Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

For ages now Canadians have been conditioned to accept that we “need” more pipelines to move more oil. Otherwise we’ll continue to exhaust train crews and have bombtrains in every town.

Now it slips out that the plan is for oil to grow even though we need to #LeaveItInTheGround to have a chance at not exceeding our atmosphere’s “carbon budget” which determines if climate change causes mass flooding and extinctions. This will happen during our lifetimes, if we don’t build the alternative transportation systems now.

Trudeau To Rush A Billion Dollars to Wall and Notley

The government is in talks to quickly allocate $1 billion for infrastructure projects in the two provinces — money earmarked by the previous government’s infrastructure fund but not yet delivered, two of the officials said.

I sincerely hope that this money goes into supporting the growing renewable energy industry, and not into propping up the fossil fuel industry instead.

Where’s Wall’s Western Strategy Now?

It wasn’t very long ago that Brad Wall was a part of shaping western Canada. He wanted BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and maybe even Manitoba to agree on LCD wage and labour codes, so we could more easily trade workers around. Now that he’s surrounded by NDP provinces, he’s not involved?

http://calgaryherald.com/business/energy/alberta-manitoba-to-co-operate-on-energy-efficiency-and-climate-change

We’ve got SaskPower supposedly committed to reducing fossil fuel electricity to 50% in less than 15 years, but looking to rebuild coal plants that will strand billions in assets well into the next generation!

SaskPower has recommitted to coal, signing two contracts with Westmoreland Coal to supply 60 million tonnes from its Estevan mine to 2024 and 58 million tonnes from its Poplar River mine to 2029. Doesn’t this suggest SaskPower effectively has decided to build two more carbon capture and storage facilities at its Boundary Dam Power Station?

“it seem that a decision has been made all but officially to convert the pre-1975 units to CCS by 2020.”

Meanwhile, Brett Dolter has done an economic analysis of Saskatchewan’s electricity generation options, and one of those is to partner with Manitoba to build hydro capacity we can use.

Premier Wall On Prison

http://cjme.com/article/402994/inmates-refuse-food-trays-regina-correctional-centre
“IF YOU REALLY DON’T LIKE THE PRISON FOOD, THERE’S ONE WAY TO AVOID IT AND THAT IS, DON’T GO TO PRISON,” SAID PREMIER BRAD WALL.

I don’t respect that opinion, at all. I know some of you reading feel this way, but it’s wrong. Some people, even in Canada, end up in jail through no fault of their own. I can cite examples in recent years, if you are not aware.

David said: “They don’t need gourmet but they are human beings and should be given food that’s decent.”

After all, it reflects upon our society how we treat people who are now at our state’s mercy. It’s not condoning their crime if we feed them cooked eggs. It also reflects badly on the food service company Compass who happens to also provide service to the University of Regina.

Do Not As I Used To Say and Do

Not sure what’s more pathetic and hypocritical:
Wudrick and Taylor feigning desire for un-tinkered elections, or Wall pining for Ottawa money.

The hypocrisy in each case approaches satirical levels, yet each happened today!

 

Is #COP21 #ParisAgreement a Great Advance, or a Huge Flop?

We’ll know, I think, by 2025 when it’s too late to do anything about the past 10 years.
I’m cautiously optimistic that it’s an agreement that will provide a better push than Kyoto or Copenhagen ever had a chance to do.
It’s probably aiming somewhere beneath a complete success (which we obviously need to preserve civilization and species at risk of extinction), and above the total failure to move lagging countries like Canada and India off their fossil fueled paths.

Saskatchewan is showing signs of improvement, with even conservative (Conservative leader hopeful?) Brad Wall loosening the chains on progress toward renewable energy. But expect the Premier to re-pitch nuclear power.

American cities are showing bolder targets. 100% is Possible. Saskatchewan should have a plan this bold too [PDF].
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Wall’s not moving

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/10/23/germany-welcomes-trudeau-participation-on-climate-change-diplomacy_n_8373144.html?utm_hp_ref=tw

A month later the Premier’s position appears to be that Saskatchewan shouldn’t act as a leader because other jurisdictions are not taking the lead on reducing dependency upon air pollution in our/their economy.

Saskatchewan has the renewable natural resources to become a world leader if we own the means of converting those resources to electricity and other goods. Besides CCS, the Premier has done little to nothing to grow that value added industry.