Six In The Morning: Surly-Ass Monday

1 ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENTS ARE FOR SISSIES Arrrrrgh! The oil-industry-fellating Stephen Harper government announced it wants to streamline the approval process for projects like the Gateway oil pipeline. Basically criminal, but whatever–same as usual from this mob. Just read this unreal open letter from Canada’s natural resources minister, who characterizes people legitimately concerned over environmental damage as “radical” and “jet-setting celebrities.” “These groups threaten to hijack our regulatory system to achieve their radical ideological agenda,” writes Joe Oliver in his self-righteous and self-serving essay. A guy from the government  that pulls out of the Kyoto accord who can turn around and sign his name to this kind of miserable, toxic and dishonest bullshit has no place in public life.  Just wow.

The truth is, we’ve got to get off fossil fuels and yes, it’s going to be really hard because there’s nothing to replace it — but delaying the pain just hurts our future. These are facts, and they’re a big reason why “environmentalists” (i.e. reasonable people with a grasp of the facts) tend not to like pipelines. There’s also the risk of horrific spills and accidents.

2 REMEMBER THAT COYOTE CULL? IT ISN’T WORKING. Who knew? Oh yeah. Trevor Herriot. Gee, maybe governments should learn to listen to people who actually know something, eh?

3 INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY The trial of a husband, his wife and their son who are charged with murdering three daughters (and/or sisters) is heading into the home stretch in Montreal. The crown says the girls were killed because their liberal, boy-dating ways brought dishonour on their family.

4 PENSIONS ARE SO SCREWED The Toronto Star has a report on cutbacks to public sector pension plans. It’s alarming. Well, at least Canada just cut corporate taxes. That’ll fix everything, right?

5 OBAMA HEARTS  THE GRAND CANYON The U.S. president will introduce a uranium mining ban on a million acres of land around the Grand Canyon. This is very sad because CLEARLY it would be better to exploit every last resource in every corner of our planet no matter what the cost to the beauty of the natural world, not to mention the health of the environment in general. Oh well.

6 MERCY KILLING The Columbus Blue Jackets have fired poor, poor, poor coach Scott Arniel.

LOOK AT THIS COOL THING FROM THE INTERNET Gimmicky but still amazing! H/T to Dog Blogger Kat–thanks for the link.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

12 thoughts on “Six In The Morning: Surly-Ass Monday”

  1. So, anti-oil/uranium etc. groups would be ok with exorbitant increases to the CPI if North America became super environmentally friendly?

  2. Bronymous – Our current system is unsustainable. These projects just prolong the inevitable and distract from the work of finding alternatives and learning to live within what our planet will sustain. The CPI will go up regardless. So we can deal with that, or we can use simplistic arguments to scare people and avoid dealing with the real issue, then deal with it later along with all the environmental impacts of these projects.

  3. What a-mouse said.

    Personally, I’m okay with the CPI going up just long as the AEDI* goes down.

    * AEDI=Apocalyptic Environmental Devastation Index

  4. Decent vid, although the young lady, is playing the chords in reverse to the soundtrack near the end.

  5. Wow, this blog really seems boring now after Nick’s 2-week assault on your journal’s credibility and integrity. I’m sure it’ll pick up again, though.

  6. Hmm, there just seems to be a lot of concern about the rising cost of living, lack of affordable housing, rent increases etc. I imagine if drastic changes were made, ex. transitioning asap to electric cars over gasoline and other environmentally responsible actions, the CPI would increase substantially. People literally would not be able to afford to live in North America.

  7. Bronymous – Yes, there is currently a problem with rising cost of living. A lot of this is associated with our current system and blatant greed. I don’t personally think electric cars etc. are the answer, especially not where people get their electricity from coal and/or natural gas. I think things are going to have to get smaller and more local out of neccessity. Figuring out how to do the same stuff we do now without oil is probably not really an option. Most people seem to just have their heads in the sand though, some others are wasting their precious energy trying to figure out other ways we can maintain the status quo without oil. What we should be doing is working to solve the problem of how to live within the carrying capacity of the planet and how to move past our current system.

  8. #9 Plus, I’m still waiting for that god-damn coffee you promised.
    p.s. My hope is to one day be a full-grown dog blogger. I’ll settle for puppy commentator in the meantime. Besides, I’m no more enthusiastic than Barb is — I just have more time, that’s all. And heaven knows, there’s work enough here for two, at least.

  9. See the hearings are starting in Kitimat; so nice to see all environ-whacks FLYING in for their presentations.

  10. #9 Yeah, good “lefty”…ignore the fact the he’s kicking sand in your face every chance he gets, hope it doesn’t hurt you in the end. Can I call you Dion, Ignatieff, John Kerry, Lingenfelter… Al Gore maybe?

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