“...unfortunately, this is what happens when you run out of other peoples' money... as there is no "other people" to tax when everyone essentially works for the government... socialists around the world take note...”
IdahoBlue777 on Aug 8, 2013 at 15:11:09
“No, this is what happens when big business sucks the country dry and moves its money offshore. Plutocrats around the world, take note...”
PecosCat on Aug 8, 2013 at 15:03:06
“This is what happens when the rich take all the money.”
“Wrong there buddy... 38% of all carbon emissions in the U.S. comes from the 600 active coal-burning plants cooking away... actuallly, these American coal plants are responsible for 8% of all the earth's current carbon emissions, while the oil sands counts for .15% of world carbon emissions... all stats from the UN.”
demsd on Feb 20, 2013 at 15:17:14
“Read any of the headlines lately?
"Utilities are increasingly looking to natural gas to generate electricity"
'Power Companies Burn Less Coal, More Natural Gas"
"Switch from coal-fired power plants saves water"
"U.S. coal-fired power plant retirements top 9,000 MW in 2012"
"353 Coal Power Plants Too Expensive to Run In U.S. Power Markets"
NOT 600 plants...
Glad to know that the U.N. is the leading authority of the happenings in the U.S.”
“Interesting article... funny that police reports say only 10,000 attended the rally, not 40,000. From the TV and newspaper photos, it appears that this was a white, middle class protest... must of been those people who have jobs who could afford to "plane, train and automobile" their way to Washington burning carbon to protest carbon...hmmm... wonder how many would show up when it's not a long weekend... btw, how's America doing burning coal for electricity?”
thepiffler on Feb 20, 2013 at 12:55:25
“I'm just glad they showed up! We have the fight of our lives, and I'm 63 and thinking of the planet without fresh water and death and destruction everywhere, but then the "in-crowds" goal is to cut world population World cannot sustain increasing population growth: UN report www.peopleandplanet.net/?lid=30228§ion=48”
demsd on Feb 20, 2013 at 12:42:10
“"btw, how's America doing burning coal for electricity?"
Dec 31, 2012 at 08:28:29
“Hey T from B... just fooling yourself there buddy... can you imagine if you ran your household like she runs the province... you'd be bankrupt... better get yourself a second job, cause there will be new taxes coming... and they'll probably need another raise soon... that was their first order of business btw... good stewards of our provincial coffers...hah!”
Tony frm Banff on Dec 31, 2012 at 13:50:09
“There is collatoral in this province for a huge debt, a few billion in the red is chump change.”
lillianvoter on Dec 31, 2012 at 10:30:23
“So in a province that is growing at such a fast pace and needs a huge investment in infrastructure, why would you not pay some more in taxes to pay the bills...or take on debt at low interest rates to build the infrastructure and support social programs?
You cannot rely on the royalty rates paid by big oil because Klein made sure they were so low that one can barely count the pennies....and the Wildrosers (in bed with big oil) say they would not raise royalty rates or raise taxes either. So how would you pay for schools, hospitals, roads, public transportation, etc.? Albertans appear to think they can have services but not pay for them. They are sounding more and more like the Republicans south of the border....no taxes...ever.”
canobserv on Dec 31, 2012 at 09:51:26
“show me ONE large economy that runs their government like a household......what a ridiculous thing to say...........”
May 8, 2012 at 13:36:49
“...as a right wing capitalist and business owner, I am quite dismayed at this kind of compensation for the top brass ... you cannot reward the top execs, regardless of the minor accomplishments they achieved, when your stock price has gone from $18 to less than $1 in a few years ... this company is on the road to bankruptcy because of this type of compensation as well as the union demands ... poor leadership... the Board should remove them all asap ... when AC goes out of biz next time, no more gov't bailouts, pls!”
“...hmmm... the 1% supporting the 1%... thought the Democrats represented the 99%...hmmm...”
primordialsoup on May 4, 2012 at 10:47:26
“You obviously have no idea what the 99% / 1% protests are all about.”
ReaRea on May 4, 2012 at 10:45:34
“Romney is racking in millions from the SUPER WEALTHY!!!! What is the problem here?”
shoegirl on May 4, 2012 at 10:45:01
“Once again for the confused ba gger crowd. It was never about money..it is and has always been about policy. Clo on ey supports policies that help the 99% because he is not gr eedy. Unlike the right wing 1%. Nua.nced thinking is impossible for the right.”
leiatcolo on May 4, 2012 at 10:44:40
“Better believe the Democrats are, because it has been proven that the Republicans arn't!!”
“.... well this is nothing new, really... has happened to airlines the world over... the old legacy model of entitlement for execs and rank & file no longer works ... union rules of wages and pensions based on seniority, not merit, makes matters worse ... same has happened here in Great White North with Air Canada... gone into bankruptcy protection twice... and now headed for a third time ... bailed out by Canadian Gov't... won't happen the 3rd time, though... new model required based on Southwest, JetBlue in U.S. and Westjet in Canada... they actually make money and have happy employees... go figure!”
Sep 2, 2013 at 12:15:22
“Also, do note that Germany, the poster child for "green", recently announced the construction of 23 NEW coal-fired plants to generate electricity, as they shut down nuclear. Alternate sources could not do the job...apparently the sun don't shine and the wind don't blow consistently enough between 5pm and 8pm. As well, it is important to understand that nearly all photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are made in China...the waste product of this PV process is lakes of unregulated toxic chemicals in China...funny how PV Panels are considered clean, renewable and green...LOL !”
“...always fascinating to see that the "land of the free and the home of the brave" continues to economically support these kind of countries with their continual human rights violations... doesn't Tiger do a golf tournament there every year where he gets millions for just showing up...”
Jan 6, 2013 at 15:59:59
“The LIB game of opportunist photo-ops with Chief Fish Broth will work against them, not for them. Most Canadians have now been alienated by the FNs blockades and their attitude of blaming everyone but themselves for their situation. If we protest their protest, then we are racist (go figure). So the LIBs send in JT (huge mistake, boys), Paul Martin (part of the Chretien gang of thieves) and other current LIB MPs for the photo-ops. I guess Dion, his dog Kyoto, and Iggy will be next...haha! Perhaps all the LIB MPs can join the next FN blockade day to continue this "inspiration to all Canadians".”
Jan 5, 2013 at 14:11:28
“Interesting posts so far. Not taking sides, but I must chuckle regarding First Nations being good stewards of the lands and waterways. Ever been on a reserve and seen this stewardship in action? I have and it is quite shocking. Based on the posts today, I will now be labelled a racist for telling some truths. Truth is the movement may have started as grassroots environmentalism, but as the chiefs took over it is now about money!”
MIDAV on Jan 5, 2013 at 16:22:38
“So, how should the chiefs run things. Like the CEO's of our companies, or our politicians, or bankers, or our hedge fund managers?
Well sadly it happens that some of them have learned how the white man does business.
And racism is when we are ready to lynch them for stealing a pittance while the real thieves are looting our treasury of billions. But then oh honest one you would not want to go after them because some day you may be invited to the banquet table. Sadly you are one of many. Pretty pitiful.”
teeleecee on Jan 5, 2013 at 15:15:14
“Yes, it's amazing how the "racist" label is applied to anyone expressing an alternative opinion on the matter. I'm with you--I've been around FN people most of my life, and there is no initiative, just hands out. It is quite sickening, really. I trust these people to be "stewards" of our lands just as much as I trust the current government. The faux concern for the environment is just another way of saying, this land is our land, will always be our land, and the ones who have actually done something with that land, and pay for NP to live, are all racists. I'm not denying the years of oppression, but we are in the 21st century. Get over it, untie the apron strings, pay taxes and stop pretending you're the only ones concerned about "your" land. We're all getting screwed. Natives are no exception. And I'm frankly disgusted that Harper has given in to this blackmail. He had no choice? He has plenty of choices. Didn't think I could hate him more than I do, but that he is giving this person the time of day, given her disgusting tactics, is just one more reason to ensure this man gets out of office. NP want self-government and autonomy. Give it to them and let the taxpayers off the hook.”
CanadaStan on Jan 5, 2013 at 14:48:59
“Exactly, anyone who has ever been on a reserve knows just how much they care for the land.
I asked one of the natives I work with what he did on his days off.
Him and his grandfather went out shooting eagles to get feathers for a head dress.”
Jan 4, 2013 at 21:50:26
“Uh oh...what about an oil spill? Isn't this on First Nations water...they own it all don't they? Where's our eminent GW scientists, David Suzuki, Al Gore and Darryl Hannah, allowing this to happen? And let's not forget the coming new East Coast 'Dutch' disease from our friendly-faced Mulcair...NL laughing all the way to bank...good on ya!!!”
Dec 31, 2012 at 08:17:32
“... stand up for their rights... OK... I am standing up for my right to see the full accounting of the $90M (taxpayers money and I do pay taxes) given to this group...trying to dodge the transparency with a hunger strike, blocking rail lines, etc. is not acceptable behaviour... didn't know that Transparency = Hunger Strike = No money left so I ain't gonna tell you where it went... must be the new new math...”
gravescanada on Dec 31, 2012 at 09:03:57
“See the problem is King George made treaties with these people. They are entitled to what they get as THEIR resources are harvested. If you owned land and they found a diamond mine, would you not expect a fair share of the profits?”
Dec 27, 2012 at 10:43:15
“Do note that the historical mess that the FNs find themselves has evolved under LIB gov'ts over the last 100 years..the LIBs have ruled for most of that time and done very little, if anything...other than throw more money at FNs...btw, the JT and Garneau photo-op, hah...poor taste would be an understatement.”
gerryhstevens on Dec 27, 2012 at 21:05:29
“Tory Talking Point: Blaming the Liberals...again.”
“Interesting perspective, but we really need to review how 'green' is 'green electricity'. For example, much of the northeast U.S. gets its electricity from the wilds of northern Quebec's James Bay Hydro-Electric Project. This has been under construction since the 1970s and currently has flooded some 11,000 square kilometres (approx. 4,250 sq. miles) of boreal forest (nature's carbon sink, btw), while creating a few 40-storey high, man-made concrete waterfalls. This James Bay construction has destroyed millions of trees, wiped out fish populations, removed fauna and bird habitat, drained rivers, forced the relocation of ocal aboriginal peoples, etc. So are we really 'green' or just fooling ourselves?”
wyojimmy on Nov 28, 2012 at 18:31:24
“We are fooling ourselves. The governor believes that bulldozing, drilling and mining the Earth away to make lithium batteries because it creates jobs is worth it. What about all the toxins that are put into the air, water and land. I guess this produces work for the medical centers to treat the people suffering from these toxins. It also produces work because more of the Earth has to be bulldozed, drilled and mined away to get the materials to build the medical centers that cure us from all the bulldozing, drilling and mining we do to maintain our lifestyles.”
“...hmmm... good thoughts, Paul... and I believe that most are doing their best to reduce their own carbon footprints, all things being equal... so are you and your fellow rocker giving up your private jets, stretch limos et al?... didn't think so ... call me when you do...then you have credibility instead of just another marketing piece from the lifestyles of the rich and famous!”
soundmangreen on Jul 24, 2012 at 18:27:39
“Well I know what his live show production choices are. Mostly super efficient LED lighting, and video screens, switching power amplifiers, bio diesel powered trucks, he also likes to rent most of his production gear locally so he doesn't have to drag it all over the world. Preachy U2 on the other hand is probably the worst violators when it comes to touring.
Side note: Do you know the difference between the Beatles and Jesus? The Beatles actually existed and did good for society.”
liveinhope23 on Jul 24, 2012 at 17:34:49
“So you've manufactured an economic rationalization to dodge your conscience and do nothing.
Until all the rich people on Earth make sacrifices and get involved, you won't either.
M Rosin on Jul 24, 2012 at 17:13:43
“How do you know what his personal travel choices are? You're making a judgment about his private practices based on precisely ZERO information. I'm sure like all of us, sometimes McCartney makes good choices and sometimes he makes bad choices. The point is that he's aware, and trying to make the best choices. That's all we can expect from all of us. That we not stick our heads in the sand (like the climate-change deniers) and that we do our best to limit our own carbon footprint, recognizing that we will sometimes succeed and sometimes fall short.”
James Leeeee on Jul 24, 2012 at 16:03:22
“Nice try at bashing him, but he is actually far better than most celebrities about what you describe. He owns a hybrid Lexus limousine; he has traveled by public train in Europe with his wife and daughter; he has worked to make sure the Isle of Wight music festival was more eco-friendly and lowered its carbon footprint before he agreed to play there; his commitment to healthy vegetarianism and his "cut meat out on Mondays" concept, and venturing into areas like cookbooks and cooking shows are ideas that are actually committed to the principle reducing greenhouse gasses. Even as far back as the '80s Paul was living much of his time in a comfortably large but VERY ordinary ranch house in Arizona with his wife Linda, rather than some lavish palatial rock star mansion like you think he does. Nice try at bashing him, but your ignorance is really lshowing.”
May 8, 2012 at 13:51:39
“...now let's look at the big picture of these environmental groups... Greenpeace, once a true grass roots environmental movement, has become a large corporate entity based in The Netherlands essentially run by lawyers and accountants... all drawing big wages... actually close to 50% of monies raised ... their funding model is to prey on the average citizen throughout the free world with their 'sky is falling' rhetoric in order to derive donations... Suzuki Foundation, not much different ... it's all driven by money, not saving the world!”
racc on May 8, 2012 at 15:40:14
“Seriously? The Harper agenda is being driven by hundreds of billions of dollars from Chinese stated owned oil companies.”
“...hmmm... guess that $535M US government loan in Solyndra solar company in California is part of your 'green jobs revolution'... guess your heard they went bankrupt... guess that 1/2 billion dollars lost sure helps the taxpayer... guess you heard over 1100 employees lost their jobs... good investment, no?...hah!”
hp blogger Keith Harrington on Sep 8, 2011 at 00:46:42
“Using one particular example to make a universal judgement is just bad logic. The solar industry itself wasn't the problem here, Solyndra was. Solar is a growing industry and in a competitive growing industry some win some lose. Check this out: http://bit.ly/ng2DBU
The problem is renewable energy not growing fast enough because the playing field is unfairly tilted towards dirty energy at the moment. What we need is robust federal policy to grow the industry as a whole not a few loan guarantees here and there like Solyndra got.”