What You Don’t See

Jun 19
Leader-Post:
Hey John. I’m thinking of doing something about the tough position Ryan Meili is in over TransMountain. I saw he’s taking a tonne of flak on social media over his post. Care to share your thoughts in a bit more depth?

Maybe.

A few minutes later, I responded:
Meili is in the unenviable position of having to create critically important change in a population saturated by Petrostate propaganda. It’s not easy to speak with people who can’t listen because their brains are baked into an idea that pipelines are our only route to prosperity. Of course that’s not true. Evraz workers could be building wind turbines, and solar array racking, and rails for trains to carry people on zero emission futuristic cross-Canada trips. How’s he going to fit that into a soundbite that will go into a story in the newspaper that’s working with an “Energy War” propaganda room in Alberta with the Petrostate government there?

Any other questions about this?

Leader-Post:
Do you think he’s likely to shed support from people whose number one issue is climate change?

Some individuals may choose to stay home or vote differently, but they’ll be hurting themselves if they care about the climate crisis as a central issue. What could be more important than the expected end of our livable world before the Maple Leafs have a predicted shot at winning the Stanley Cup again?
Meili may not be right about the pipeline, but I do think he’s serious about some real pollution reduction, and that’s more than can be said about Moe’s Sask Party.

(If the Leafs win in 26 years according to the previous Leafs and Jays then Raptors wins, that’s 2045)

har har.

Leader-Post:
Thanks for this. Might have a follow-up later.

(there wasn’t)
You’re welcome. Sure.

My comments didn’t appear in the newspaper online later that day.

Just Transition summit – more video

I enjoyed these presentations, and you especially have to watch the concluding speech by Ella.

The adults spent most of the time driving/talking though, but it was worthwhile learning about more-fair ways to shut down the fossil fuel industry than waiting for the inevitable lay-offs after extended climate/water/soil/wildlife/people destruction.

A Momentous City Council Meeting

Tonight was a night of firsts for City Council. It was the first time multiple teenagers presented delegations. It was the first time the Council got a standing ovation from the gallery for passing a motion. And it was the first time the Council made a commitment to make Regina 100% renewable by 2050.

What’s at stake? Less than half the world that is left.

It’s not right that Fougere will get to brag about passing a motion unanimously. He’s dragged his heels on the file for forever. He’s provided the obstacle to innovation.

But I’ll take his compliance now. We don’t have time left to argue about it.

Given his comments to the media after about having to implement the changes “sustainably” I take that to mean he wants to go as slowly as possible, only taking on projects that don’t increase taxes, and which don’t put the city into debt (which isn’t a
possibility under current provincial law so far as I understand).

Just Transitions – Laura Stewart — Carbon Tax Song

At lunch, to entertain the crowd at the Just Transitions summit in Regina, musician and song writer Laura Stewart played her carbon tax song. It’s pretty catchy, and I hope the PM listens to it.

Just Transitions – More

Here are some useful tweets about Just Transition away from fossil fuels, and the Regina summit on the subject. I have videos and photos on an earlier blog post too.

 

Just Transitions Summit a Success

Check back later for more videos from the event.*****
*****

The organizers will have edited content from it online at a later time.
Here are my videos and photos from the two day event.

Just Transitions

The point was to find paths to implement a just transition for workers in fossil fuel industries in Saskatchewan, and what that means in our colonial and capitalist economy. Industries in the boom/bust cycle are infamous for shutting down within a day, and throwing the local economy into chaos, so just transitions is a solution to that problem, for a more fair transition to the renewable economy that can replace fossil fuels.






Just Transitions

Just Transitions

#StadiumII Lackluster Design Produces No Energy

It’s hard to look at another new stadium, and not feel some shame about the new Mosaic Stadium with its 4 drinking fountains. Let me guess, the urinals in Regina’s use water too?

How could our elected officials permit construction of a stadium in this decade and not have it generate a single kilowatt of electricity, or use a drop of grey water? It was an opportunity squandered by people who don’t care that we’re a people living well beyond our world’s means.

The good news? We have a municipal recycling service, and it appears to be used to some degree at the new stadium.