We need not fear the voices of our children

When youth take a political stand, it’s inspiring. History is full of such amazing and courageous young people

We need not fear the voices of our childrenNelson Mandela said, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children.” American news and social media were recently stirred up by a video of children meeting with Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The video went viral. The children represented a youth organization known as the Sunrise Movement, which…

Suing oil companies over climate change will only hurt taxpayers

Precious little good will can come from Victoria city council's campaign, but it will certainly cost a great deal of money

Suing oil companies over climate change will only hurt taxpayersThe City of Victoria wants to round up municipalities to sue oil companies for damages from climate change. Not only is such a case virtually impossible to prove, it’s also full of rich ironies. Weather-related damages, termed “perils” in Canadian insurance plans, are more commonly called acts of God. How ironic that environmentalists envision the…

We shouldn’t trust global-warming activists

We can't adopt alternative energy sources until they're viable. So what's the delay in the necessary testing and research?

We shouldn’t trust global-warming activistsIn December, we heard the sorrowful and accusatory screed of an earnest Swedish teenager who cast gloom and guilt globally while comfortably ensconced in a heated auditorium at the United Nations climate change conference in the heart of coal country in Katowice, Poland. The crusading young woman, Greta Thunberg, asked what the rest of us…

Former U.S. President concedes energy transition will be “disruptive”

But, Barack Obama told a Calgary audience, "we can figure it out"

Former U.S. President concedes energy transition will be “disruptive”Former U.S. President Barack Obama told a Calgary audience Tuesday that the oil and gas industry has "powered" the industrial revolution, Canada's economy, the U.S. economy and the world. "And it has been an extraordinary run" and the cheapest means of powering "all the things that we do," said Obama. But he said it was…

Looking at the natural world through Indigenous eyes

The impact of climate change on the West Coast, in the Arctic and on the Prairies

Looking at the natural world through Indigenous eyesLifelong friendships with Indigenous pals bring incredible benefits, including nuanced wisdom on the environment, and climate change in particular. You get to watch people who grew up in oral cultures – accustomed to learning from elders and spending long periods with the land and the water – become elders themselves. And because talking is the…

Why government meddling can increase air pollution

We need a more modest, but more efficient, set of environmental policies that involve doing less, not more

Why government meddling can increase air pollutionWhen economists speak about climate change risk, they use a lens of externalities – when exchanges between two parties have consequences that spill over onto third parties. These externalities are labelled ‘negative’ when these spillovers hurt third parties. Greenhouse gas emissions resulting from economic activity constitute a negative externality, as producers and consumers in any…

Lab-grown meat is worthless unless consumers see a benefit

The issues surrounding the technology – and the payoffs – need to be clearly explained to get public support

Lab-grown meat is worthless unless consumers see a benefitCultured meat is an interesting concept that could hit stores soon. But this new science needs to make a case for consumers, not just for the industry.  According to a recent survey by Dalhousie University, fewer than 19 per cent of Canadians would willingly ditch their favourite steak for a lab-grown version. But even if…

Approaching real problems with scientific problem-solving tools

Do we really think that the old legal-political-economic decision-making trifecta is up to the task of solving the world's problems?

Approaching real problems with scientific problem-solving toolsFew would argue with the proposition that how we think determines how we solve our problems. Just consider the past week. We’ve had what the mainstream media characterizes as a scandal in Ottawa. A strong member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, Jody Wilson-Raybould, has resigned and sought legal counsel on next moves from a…

Green energy industries are impractical, destined to fail

Yes, we need to build the renewable energy industry. But that means concentrating on nuclear and fusion energy systems

Green energy industries are impractical, destined to failSupposedly green or renewable energy has become a trillion-dollar-plus annual industry that has spawned tens of thousands of new businesses worldwide. The total climate-industrial complex is a $2-trillion-per-year business. Even major fossil fuel companies like Shell now have green energy divisions. These companies are virtually 100 per cent dependent on the politically-driven notion of dangerous…

Hockey moms, commuters defend pricing pollution in court

Pricing pollution should be pursued as part of a broader #TaxShift, taxing less what we do want, while taxing more what we don’t want

Hockey moms, commuters defend pricing pollution in courtThe pricing pollution debate heats up as the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal hears arguments about the constitutionality of federal plans to price carbon in provinces that don’t establish their own price. Some express heartfelt concerns that pricing pollution hurts hockey moms, commuters and office workers. As the founder of Generation Squeeze – a voice for…
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