For those with a short attention span go to the 44 min mark and pay attention to the part that says: The Alberta government promised to supply fresh water to those whose water wells were adversely affected by fracking.
Why would they make that promise?”
MrBIgp on Nov 19, 2013 at 21:36:12
“Perhaps they were confident that fracking wouldn't pollute the aquifers.”
Intelinside on Nov 19, 2013 at 19:31:06
“yep, there's no such thing as pollution anymore, I grew up in the 70's when the fight was on to regulate the polluters, now that the middle class has been wrecked, everything is about the jobs, just as planned....”
“All technology is a double edged sword. For every action there's an equal and reaction.
The do-gooders think they are helping but they haven't thought it through. And they haven't thought about who will be swinging the sword on their behalf and whether or not those folks have any goals other than making a whack of loot.
Technology has given us Chernobyl, Fukushima, genetic engineering, antibacterial immunity, pesticide resistant insects and plants, disappearing coral reefs, disappearing salmon, to name a few, because the folks using the technology aren't concerned about the downsides of technology's application. And they're overjoyed about the fact ultra-fast IT is making it all happen at an increasing speed. The race to the bottom is happening at light speed.
It puts a smile on some folks face; they're happy they're making the world a "better" place: for the moment.”
“This is the ultimate Harpercon shell game: make it look like you're looking after the citizenry by offering a few carrots ... unbundling and reduced roaming fees, which by the way won't amount to significant savings in cash outlay ... while hiding from the real problems citizens face.
What's happening in Canada, and possibly the U$, is that a significant number of younger folks are cutting the cord with the major TV providers and getting their entertainment online from movie providers like Netflix. Folks like Telus, Rogers and Shaw are starting to hurt.
The Harpercon shell game isn't the result of public pressure, it's a response to pressure from big telecoms and catv providers. They will gladly unbundle and make a killing on "pick and pay".
The Harper gov't isn't interested in helping the great unwashed; their one and only purpose is to funnel money to the corporate world.”
“Almost one quarter of the world's population, face economic water shortage (where countries lack the necessary infrastructure to take water from rivers and aquifers). California’s water system is in a crisis. For the first time in the state’s history, the water supply and delivery system may not be able to meet growing needs.
In 2007 approximately 40% of the world's agricultural land was seriously degraded. If current trends of soil degradation continue in Africa, the continent might be able to feed just 25% of its population by 2025.
About 40% of the world’s grain is being produced in countries where the maximum yield has already reached what is called the ‘glass ceiling,’ a barrier that is imposed by the limits of photosynthesis.
The supply of many critical minerals and metals is struggling to keep up with rapid increases in consumption. Rare earth element demand is driven by two of the fastest growing sectors: energy and high-tech. China’s Ministry of Commerce has indicated that four important REEs could be depleted in the next 15-20 years. China holds nearly 50% of the globes supply of REEs.
I could go on but I think you get the point; printing more money won't help rewrite the laws of nature.”
ruolivert on Oct 9, 2013 at 14:49:29
“I never said that printing more money was the solution to resources becoming limited; I said that natural resources are, today, being utilized extremely wastefully because the goal of using those resources isn't to provide humanity with its necessities but to provide capital with profits. When you say that there is a water crisis its a crisis with in the system where in creating clean sources of water is not something that generates profits so not much capital, human or otherwise, is invested into it.
When you say that Africa has a problem feeding its people I'd inquire how we have a shortwage when western coutries throw away half they food we buy?
When you say critical minerals and metals struggle to keep up with rapid increases in consumption how much of that consumption is due to competing companies seeking to sell more and more products each quarter?
The point, again, is that the physical resources aren't outpacing humanity's need for them but capitalism's ability to generate profits from them.”
“Yes, there's no doubt that technological change impacts capitalism's influence on the race to the bottom of the resource pie.
Marshall McLuhan understood this very clearly, in 1964, when he coined the phrase: "The medium is the message. Ultrafast digital technology has accelerated the speed at which we consume resources. The challenge is to make things work faster and the environment, which by the way includes you and me, is considered an expendable externality.”
“This isn’t about automation, capitalism, corruption, distorted taxation, unionism or political ideology. The fact of the matter is endless economic growth, like endless population growth, is a myth.
We are coming face to face with the laws of diminishing returns and today’s youth are getting hit hardest. The easy to get stuff is gone. Life-essential resources … and that includes everything from clean water, adequate food, clean air, healthy environments and energy … are becoming increasing rare. All of the essentials required to continue with the grand growth-of-prosperity-jobs-for-everyone illusion, where everyone believes the luxurious affluent lifestyle is possible, if only you could get a decent job, are in a state of decline.
Green energy development isn’t going to replace what was made possible by our once-abundant-but-now-scarce liquid fossil fuel supply. No green energy source has the energy density found in liquid hydrocarbons. And all green energy depends on abundant hydrocarbon energy for survival.
The endless-growth dream is over. There’s nowhere to go from here but down. And the majority of folks are going have to live life with less; a lot less.”
pcw5150 on Oct 30, 2013 at 07:29:08
“Bull - the problem is one of selfishness. The wealthy think they deserve all the fruits of prosperity created by their exploitation of those they deem lower in class to them.”
ruolivert on Oct 8, 2013 at 17:28:14
“That's a pretty pessimistic view of where we are. Its always astounded me that people believe that the critical resources for life are scarce when so much is flat out wasted just to keep up the apperence that capitalism functions. The planet is covered in water, don't you think if we dedicated as much time to desalinization research as we do for, say, military research we could find ways to provide water to people? How much gasoline do the world military waste performing war games? How much polution is created simply from people driving many miles just to get to work? The fact is the only scarce resource on the planet is money”
Sunov on Oct 8, 2013 at 13:31:29
“I think it still has largely to do with the technologically sophisticated society that we are coming in to being incompatible with capitalism. But also yes, infinite growth in a finite world and a finite universe is not only absurd it's also insane.”
Aug 11, 2013 at 16:37:59
“It's somewhat ironic that politicians and senators may comprise the majority of inmates in the new institutions. That in itself may justify the expense ... after all, how many Duffys can you accommodate before space becomes a problem.”
Aug 2, 2013 at 19:44:45
Canada British Columbia
“Oh dear oh deer. Technically you might be right but white-tail crossed with Columbian black-tail gave rise to Mule deer. Judging from the size of the ears and the small tail the critter is probably a Mule deer.”
“With the exception of the initial few ccs of urine flow the rest is sterile and drinkable. The total volume of TDS in recycled water is meaningless, unless you specify the chemistry of the solids.
Folks in California will be happy to know that water is constantly being produced as a by product of combustion ... fire season is just getting started. All they need to do is build a whole bunch of dams before the floods.”
Jul 12, 2013 at 00:40:05
“Unfortunately there's problems with both approaches.
Suzuki has a problem: Renewable energy sources will not sustain current growth rates and levels of energy consumption. And there is no magic technofix waiting in the ether that will replace the energy derived from fossil fuels.
The Harper parrots ... Kenney, Clements and others ... believe we live in a world with infinite resources and capable of infinite growth.
The writing is on the wall for both camps ... it ain't gonna happen no matter what temporary fix comes along.
Faux environmentalists are up-front and vocal about changing lifestyles as long as it doesn't affect the lifestyle they're accustomed to. That's why most folks don't believe what they say. Harper and his ilk could care less about humanity and how the masses are going to deal with ever-decreasing supplies of energy.
The unfortunate 99 % will be forced to survive by using less. Those that can't will fall by the wayside. This trend will continue, assuming we haven't nuked the planet before then, until population levels reach a point where there's some balance between energy in and energy out.
Wishful thinkers ... the ones that believe there's an energy salvation just around the corner ... will have about as much chance of seeing a bigger, better world as the folks that have signed up for the Mars expedition have of colonizing the Red planet.”
May 15, 2013 at 11:52:47
Canada British Columbia
“Thank heaven the election is over. The Liberals have a renewed mandate and the province can get on with “growing the economy”. They can find new ways of extracting more resources … cutting more trees, catching more fish, mining more minerals, damning more rivers, fracking more gas, pumping more oil and building more monuments to capitalism’s success ... while pretending the supply of natural resources is endless.
Once again the power of money has succeeded in keeping the electorate dumbed down by convincing them that infinite growth is possible. Once again social justice and egalitarianism have taken a back seat to socialism for the wealthy. Once again the environment and its long-term health and well-being, lost.
Thank heaven for Christy Clark.”
1canview on May 15, 2013 at 12:13:26
“I'm guessing you are pretty happy with your list.
We cut less trees than we used to and the forestry industries are a shade of what they used to be. Ditto commercial fishing. Just what rivers are being dammed?
We all don't want to deliver pizzas or work at Starbuck's. BC needs a diverse economy.
May 13, 2013 at 22:46:10
“"Market access is fundamental to what we're doing," said Redford.
Nonsense. Refine tarsands crud in Alberta and start selling bitumen derived fuel at international prices and you'll solve your deficit problem.
"Market access" is a euphemism for higher corporate profits. It has nothing to do with spreading the "greater good" to all Albertans and Canadians.”
GMCanuck on May 14, 2013 at 19:28:36
fireguy45 on May 14, 2013 at 19:26:50
“The big problem for ALberta is that the Chinese will not buy the oil if has been refinied in anyway. Thank you Mr Harper for selling out Canada.”
conductor274 on May 14, 2013 at 10:33:09
“The problem is that Alberta, along with Harper, have sold the rights to the tar pits sludge to foreign countries and corporations. Alberta only gets royalties so they don't get to say where that sludge gets refined. That's why Alberta is so desperate to build the pipelines.”
Apr 30, 2013 at 16:24:43
“A marketer, forecaster and astronomer tell us polar bears are actually overpopulating the Arctic? Is this the latest rendition of the "Three Stooges advise the real three stooges ... Joe, Peter and Ryan ... in Ottawa"?”
Mindysbrain on Apr 30, 2013 at 16:36:12
“A marketer, forecaster, and astronomer walk into a bar...............and the punchline is "Polar Bears are overpopulating the Arctic". That report sounds like what it is, a very bad joke.
The guy is a CON and what the hell can you expect from those jerks.”