We remember the last oil boom, right? Couple years ago? And the bust that followed? Wealthy people got considerably wealthier while the rest of us strained to see the benefits promised us. What weren’t hard to see were the deep cuts to the public sector after all those revenues (on which the government decided to be fully dependent) suddenly vanished. And the public continues to pay the price. It’s 2018. We’ve known for many years that the future of human beings depends on cutting dependence on fossil fuels. Scientists the world over have insisted this is the case. In a 2012 report, the World Bank stated that “we’re on track for a 4 degree Celsius warmer world by century’s end marked by extreme heat waves, declining global food stocks, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, and life-threatening sea level rise.” The Tyndall Centre for Climate Research says this rise in 4…
“One doesn’t change an economy overnight, but one does need a vision of the future that ensures today’s policies will create the kind of future we want.”
How can we explain the continued government inaction in the face of the worst recession since the cod moratorium?
A recent panel discussion at Petrocultures 2016 needed to admit the harsh truth: The shift to a ‘green economy’ will be uncomfortable.
“Canadians believe that Canada and the provinces can become world leaders in addressing climate change.”
“The renewable energy revolution is occurring faster than anyone predicted.”
The province needs to cut spending and raise taxes. But by how much?
Low oil prices and poor fiscal judgement have pushed Newfoundland and Labrador into a recession. With the looming threat of credit rating downgrades that could cripple the economy, Finance Minister Cathy Bennett doesn’t have much room — or time — to make some tough decisions.
We spent a year going without the dishwasher, microwave, electric heating, and laundry machines to find out what our power consumption habits were costing us. Now we’d never go back to using them.
In response to Shannon Reardon’s May 7 column, “Our squandered pride and prosperity”.
The terrorist attacks in Paris will shape the evolution of our security and privacy environments and accelerate profound effects on the way we interact and live. As a society we have a responsibility to understand what an event like Paris means and how we can best protect ourselves against such violence—and worse—in the future.
In an era of never before seen wealth, they mismanaged our coffers and squandered our nest egg of oil revenues. Now the PC Government is deferring needed social infrastructure because, they say, we have no money.
Global movement grows in Canada’s faith community, strengthening the call to combat climate change on moral and ethical grounds.
Partisans criticising Linda McQuaig’s remarks are either ignorant or lying.
Official government projections for provincial oil royalties look bleak. We must adjust to life after the boom.
Environment and Conservation Minister Dan Crummell is downplaying oil pollution in Port au Port Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
As the provincial government moves to hire a consultant to determine the nature and possible clean-up of oil leaking into Port au Port Bay, opinions over the urgency of the situation vary while a petition calling for immediate remediation garners 25,000 signatures.
Evidence of oil leaking into Port au Port Bay on Newfoundland’s west coast has intensified ongoing debate surrounding controversial oil development in this province and how it is impacting vulnerable ecosystems like the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
What if the decision to allow “fracking” is made for Newfoundland and Labrador, and the scientists, the people who have already been adversely affected, the cities, provinces/states and countries that have banned it, were right?
Memorial University climatologist Joel Finnis answers questions from The Independent about climate change denial, how the future looks for both Newfoundland and Labrador in a warming world, fossil fuel divestment, and whether or not “ethical” oil development is possible.