The political agents of the fossil fuel industry and their media sycophants, have made even the idea of “just transition” unspeakable.
Alberta’s embarrassingly feckless Premier, Danielle Smith, sounds shocked when she states the obvious, that a “just transition” implies the wind-down of the dirty energy sector. Duh! And the federal Liberals play right along, dishonestly pretending otherwise while abandoning the term so as not to offend!
The notion that politics is the art of the possible only holds water when the electorate is truly aware of its potency and agency and acts accordingly. In that case, imagination, not colonized thinking, sets the limit of the possible.
Of particular note is that McKenna, In her new UN role, says what she might have said, but didn’t, as Trudeau’s environment minister;
“Net zero is entirely incompatible with continued investment in fossil fuels.”
Death is a time for mythologizing, in the best sense of the word. Today, we mourn and celebrate a friend whose memory lives on in the myths he personified – Myths by which he influenced us, and by which we will remember him. Myths to live by.
Today’s giant global corporations have annual incomes larger than many countries and they act with almost sovereign entitlement. Their allegiances are not to countries, not even their country of origin, but to their management and shareholders. They are capable of subjugating populations in both North and South, subverting democracy in the process.
First, remember: The cost of the federal government’s uneconomic, boondoggle, the Transmountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX), is now upwards of $21 billion and rising. TMX didn’t make sense to the private sector for good reason. The Trudeau government ignored the evidence and played the sucker. Canadians now own a money-losing pipeline. TMX is designed to move… Continue reading Record Oil Sands Profits, Public Subsidies Keep Pace. WTF?
Another Canada Day has passed, and another chance to reflect on the challenges that remain if we are to become a truly vibrant, inclusive democracy that takes responsibility for its treatment of all its citizens.
We trust our corporate colonizers and their political handmaidens and ignore the evidence that might demand we act to assume our democratic responsibilities. If Cecil Rhodes were alive and a Canadian today, he’d be an oil industry CEO or a Bank President.
We have been schooled to accept that the disposition of excess (and unearned) profits – really, public rents transferred to the private sector – is purely a matter for corporate decision-makers. Democracy be damned. Climate emergency be damned. Future generations be damned. This is modern colonialism, folks…….
We finally got around to watching Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (all 209 minutes of it!) over two evenings on Netflix last week. I was blown away by the extraordinarily nuanced performances of Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino. Acting at its very best. And what a challenge for the director – imagine containing those… Continue reading The Irishman: The Hit Man Is Us