Trudeau Uses Sophism to Destroy the Environment

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[Image: David Suzuki]

Environmentalist David Suzuki called Trudeau a twerp for supporting projects that damage the environment, then having the audacity to ask him [Suzuki] for a political endorsement.

“I said, ‘Justin, stop it, you’re just being political, you just want to make headway in Alberta,’” Suzuki says he told Trudeau. “You’re for the development of the tar sands, you’re for the Keystone pipeline, but you’re against the Northern Gateway, you’re all over the damn map!”

Suzuki went on to advise Trudeau that taking the target of a two-degree rise in temperature seriously means 80 per cent of the oil sands has to stay in the ground. Suzuki believes stopping oil sands development will mean “no debate about pipelines or expanding railways or shipping stuff offshore—none of that comes into it.”

Suzuki says this is when the exchange turned nasty. “He said, ‘I don’t have to listen to this sanctimonious crap.’ I proceeded to call him a twerp.”

via http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/why-david-suzuki-called-justin-tr...

This is sophism:

Steadfast in his commitment to getting Canadian oil to market, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said putting pipelines in the ground will help pay for the country's transition to a greener future.

via http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/03/02/news/trudeau-says-pipelines-w...

Prometheanism is sophism. Prometheanism says that you can save the environment by destroying the environment; You can't.

Prometheanism is a term popularized by the political theorist John Dryzek to describe an environmental orientation which perceives the earth as a resource whose use is determined primarily by human needs and interests and whose environmental problems are overcome through human innovation. The term was introduced in Dryzek's work, The Politics of the Earth: Environmental Discourses (1997).[1] In contrast with other environmental perspectives, Prometheanism prioritizes human interests and needs over those of ecosystems (as with Deep Ecology) or the individual needs of creatures (as with eco-feminism).

via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheanism

via https://twitter.com/MikeHudema/status/811031448786501633

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Canadians Shouldn't Be Smug

Canadians shouldn’t be smug about America’s Paris accord retreat

Donald Trump has been slammed for withdrawing America from the Paris climate agreement. But Canada’s not doing much better.

In Paris, Canada joined other countries in committing to do our part to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna offered reassurances that “Canada will continue to take a leadership role to tackle climate change at home and abroad.” Yet rather than transitioning away from fossil fuels, we are committed to expanding our oil production.

One critical difference is that the United States burns its own coal, oil, and gas, while Canada exports most of the fossil fuels we produce. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions thus appear on other countries’ ledgers. This has allowed Canadians to overlook the ways we contribute to and prosper from global climate change.

It also has allowed Canadian politicians of all stripes to pretend that we can have it all. How many times have we all heard that “the environment and economy go hand in hand?” While that is true in theory, it does not follow that every economy is consistent with a sustainable environment. Investment in new infrastructure, expected to increase Canada’s fossil fuel exports for decades to come, is not consistent with the transition necessary to limit climate change to 2 degrees Celsius. Viewed in that light, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement that we need to expand fossil-fuel production in order to pay for Canada’s emissions reductions makes no sense.1

Trudeau saying Canada needs to expand fossil-fuel production to pay for Canada's emissions reductions is sophism and will only result in more damage done to the environment.

via https://twitter.com/MikeHudema/status/876963562782167043

In Jordon, a refugee camp runs entirely on solar power


[Image: A refugee camp in Azraq town of Jordan. (Screengrab/UNHCR YouTube video)]

A refugee camp in Azraq city of Jordan became the first refugee camp in the world to be powered by solar energy. The camp, which houses around 20,000 refugees from Syria and other war-torn areas, in 5,000 shelters, is now able to power a refrigerator, fan, television set, light bulbs and also makes it possible for the people to charge their phones. For the refugees living in the camps, the rechargeable batteries are an useful means to stay connected to friends and families.

“We used to make simple things that we could with our hands, not all the desserts we have now. Now with the availability of electricity, we are making all the types of sweets that we have available now,” Ahmad Abu Rukbeh, a refugee who owns a dessert shop in the camp was quoted by Al-Jazeera.

“This is the first time ever that we inaugurate a solar farm in a refugee camp. It’s a paradigm shift in a way, when you think about how all of us can support the humanitarian sector, in support of the displace people,” Per Heggenes, IKEA CEO, said to reporters. The solar plant allows UNHCR to save 1.5$ million in a year, according to a video released by UNHCR.2

China’s giant panda solar-power plant

China’s giant ‘Panda Power Plant’ captured in spectacular satellite imagery

Last month, China completed the first phase of its panda-inspired green energy plant, designed to get kids excited about clean energy. Now, a satellite image from Deimos Imaging has captured how it looks from outer space.

Panda Green Energy Group connected the aptly titled “Panda Power Plant” to the Chinese grid to begin the first phase of testing at the end of June. The 248 acre (1 km sq) solar power station is located in Datong, in the northern Shanxi province.1