The relative cleanliness of NL’s offshore oil is the key selling-point for the industry’s future in a low-carbon world. But does this argument hold up?
Is directly targeting offshore oil production the most effective way to fight climate change in NL? Or should we focus more energy on reducing local demand?
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swede, has jolted the world awake by simply telling a hard truth: adults have stolen her generation’s future because we have not confronted the climate crisis. “I don’t want you to be hopeful,” she tells us, “I want you to panic. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” Her words have inspired millions of children globally to demand real action from their political leaders. This message is an essential one for Newfoundland and Labrador’s upcoming election. Greta and her generation know all too well that to have any chance of a liveable climate for most of us, global temperature increases must be kept below two degrees of warming. To do this, emissions have to drop steeply, reaching zero—no emissions at all—by 2050. It would have been a…
Question Period is like a soap opera, except about politics and with terrible pacing. Old storylines are picked up wherever they left off while new, meandering subplots bubble up all the time. All the actors in the show have tangled, weirdly passionate interconnections that sometimes go back decades. But the script is badly written and all the drama is exaggerated beyond any resemblance to a reality most people would recognize. Prolonged exposure seems hazardous to human mental health, and I worry the surrealist funeral parlour lighting in the scrum room might trigger an acid flashback. Outside of the actual content of the House of Assembly, though, it has been a tremendous first two weeks at the House of Assembly. My colleagues in the press gallery are all lovely. I am deeply humbled to be part of that small cadre charged with checking on the stewards of the state. This job…
A recent panel discussion at Petrocultures 2016 needed to admit the harsh truth: The shift to a ‘green economy’ will be uncomfortable.
The place of work shapes our lives, by its presence as well as its absence
Institutional discrimination at its best: The ‘old boys club’ reviews fracking
There is nothing more dangerous than those who believe in their own righteousness
He’s got enemies on both sides of the fracking debate, but University of Waterloo engineer Maurice Dusseault doesn’t shy away from questions about how fracking relates to climate change, capitalism, and the “revolving door” between the fossil fuel industry and government
Citizen groups stress public pressure and diligence still needed to ensure process is transparent and truly independent
Public lecture offers engineering perspective, makes fracking debate murkier
The Zoot Pictures Inc. and CBC co-produced documentary ‘Shattered Ground’ explains the science behind the controversial method of natural gas extraction – hydraulic fracturing – and depicts the lives of individuals and communities impacted by its consequences.
The First Rule of Petro-politics is you don’t let people talk about petro-politics