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Daryn Caister
Green Majority Media Director

Disillusioned Conservatives Apply Within (514)

We start with a critique of conservative ideology and credibility on the issue of climate change and cap and trade. This starts closer to home in Canada, and then we move into the USA with a conversation about Obama’s final few acts on climate before we wait with baited breath for the results of the rock-and-a-hard-place US elections in November.

Follows is Rosemary Frei talking about her decision to retire and become a full time activist. Rosemary tells us about her experience walking Gaspe to protest fracking projects in Quebec. We also play a short clip from a previous interview with Toronto MPP Peter Tabuns about the scam that is fracking development in the first place. You can watch the full interview with Peter here.

Rosemary has provided some resources below and you can contact her here if you would like to reach out.

Finally the team discusses some alarming news of Anthrax and secret military bases full of radiation and toxic waste being unearthed by melting permafrost. We finish the show with some discussion of the debacle that is the Rio Olympics.

Bonus Show:

Shaya and Alex join Daryn and Rosemary to discuss the ethics of the idea of ‘sacrifice zones’ and the philosophy of change in the age of climate impacts.

News We Missed:

Can’t every get to everything! Check these out too…

This weeks music:

The Hidden Camera’s “The Day I Left Home” & Good Anya “Good Neighbours”

What do you think?

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To Hell With Tolerance (513)

The Trudeau government is under fire again this week over the perceived bias of appointing someone with close ties to Kinder Morgan to a board reviewing Kinder Morgan proposals. Our Canadian pipeline coverage continues with another story about whistleblower reports of edited reports by Husky Energy (and likely others) hiding their complacency in protecting the public from spills.

After the break, we discuss some good news! A great breakthrough could be on the horizon with the technology to turn waste plastic into diesel fuel. Most people don’t realize that ocean tankers which carry much of our international trade are exempted from most climate regulations and have no fuel efficiency standards. Not only would technology like this clean up a lot of waste plastic, but potentially turn some of the worst possible energy systems on earth (diesel ship engines) to among the cleanest.

Afterwards, we play an inspirational clips from the Revolution Climate rally outside the Democratic National Convention this past week in Philadelphia. Inspiration and exciting we hope you enjoy! We played a short clip from the start but the full video (via The Young Turks) is available below.

Finally, Alex and Daryn follow the optimistic theme and talk about an article about positive traits you should try to live for 2016. While Daryn is not a fan of the flowers language (and you may or may not be either) it’s worth digging through for the actual meat and some good concepts that are worth considering.

Bonus Show!

We welcomed a surprise last min guest to the bonus show, and hopefully we will be seeing her again soon🙂 Shaya Tajvidi joins Alex and Daryn to talk about car-sharing, solar roads and banning personal transport vehicles to some degree.

This weeks music:

Brendon Canning “Keystone Dealers” & Versa “”Sapphire”

What do you think?

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Robinhood and the United Nations (512)

The #ExxonKnew story continues to develop as executives do everything they can to prevent accountability for huge corporations by spending hundreds of millions of dollars to put the entire world in mortal danger with lies to protect their business model. It is now a matter of public record that Exxon has known and admitted to knowing that climate change was a real threat for 30 years… and spent the next 30 years lying to the public through funding fake science and supporting opportunistic political hacks. The result? Well they learned their lesson, this sort of thing works. They are now spending more money to intimidate, delay and attempt to discredit those attempting to seek accountability.

The CBC gets into our crosshairs again this week with a discussion on the language used to describe anti-science hacks who keep being called ‘contrarians’ by the CBC much less science denialists and how that affects public discourse in Canada, and some final thoughts from hideous theatre macabre of the Republican National Convention.

Green Majority regular contributor and finance expert Tim Nash the sustainable economist joins us this week for a segment on the concept of a global “Robinhood Tax” and how this idea could address the vast wealth inequality all over the world, climate change and basically all the other big-ticket global problems all in one go. But you know, start small right?🙂 This is not a new idea, nor is it crazy… in fact it’s already been proposed on a smaller scale in some countries and policies similar to this are already in place.

Meet Tim Nash

In the final main-show section we discuss briefly the technology/carbon connection with Googles data-centres… both how big an impact they have and how they are trying to reign this in with artificial intelligence (AI) software. As well, the ‘scary climate story of the week’ involves a shockingly rapid loss of sea ice and how we’re totally not nearly freaked out enough about sea level rise.

Bonus Show!

Deirdre and Daryn talk about ferrets and gene editing (part 2 of a discussion from last week) and Pokemon Go (yes really) and it’s very real relevance to modern environmental impacts. If you think this is silly or not relevant, sorry! Your wrong🙂 Listen in on the podcast to find out why!

This weeks music:

Last Hologram “Culture Class” & “Dreamchaser”

What do you think?

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Pentagon Is Freaking Out – Aren’t You? (511)

We start the show this week with some Canadian news. Well, it’s actually only news to some people who haven’t been paying attention.

Also, some are upset that the Green Party is OK with pipelines as long as the oil is refined in Canada… This is actually not a new position, but it’s getting some new attention and the hosts discuss.

After the break, we discuss some international news mainly US elections and politics including the lip-fluttering nonsense in the Republican draft platform.

The top story this week depends on your perspective to some degree, but the one I urge you to read most is the title article about the Pentagon’s research and utilization of this research to anticipate and control social unrest. There are two main points to glean here, firstly WHY they are suddenly so concerned with this, and secondly HOW they are going about using this information.

ALSO! In the bonus show we discuss:

This weeks music:

Selena Gomez “Kill Em With Kindness” & Auto Manic “Lose Control”

What do you think?

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Hope Isn’t A Strategy (510)

We attempt this week to start with the worst news and get better throughout to try to leave you with some hope. But as this weeks title tells you, hope isn’t a strategy (that will make sense later). Lot’s of news this week including breaking news about an entire lake disappearing due to climate change in Bolivia, a rush of lobbying by mining companies on the Canadian Gov, and an expose on how to evade lobbying laws in Canada. Insects are dying, and yes that’s bad… but at least we got a divestment win! All the news we found important this week listed below.

This weeks news:

This weeks music:

‘1001 Nights (Part B)’ – Versa & ‘Confessions Part 2’ Bad Bad Not Good

What do you think?

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Down goes Northern Gateway (509)

It’s Canada Day! So naturally the team takes the opportunity to highlight just a few reasons why we might want to keep our patriotism at least a little in check. Canada ranks 2nd on the Social Progress Index but we fall down on environmental protections. Our top story is the monumental reversal of the federal government’s approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline for it’s failure to consult with first nations on the proposal.

In the middle of the show, we are joined by David Grey-Donald, a journalist and Green Majority correspondent, who provides us with a deeper dive into the ongoing fight against environmental racism going on in Grassy Narrows. Including the increasing pressure to protect the community from mercury and the more recent revelations of the possible burying of mercury filled barrels in the area as well.

You can find more work from David Grey-Donald here.

In the final section, the hosts discuss various news items including the completion of our ongoing introspection of Canada’s last year and we cover a few international stories including the major crediting agency Moody’s calling for a rapid approval of the Paris climate deal.

This weeks music:

A Tribe Called Red ft. Buffy Saint-Marie “Working for the Government” & MAGT “Footprint”

What do you think?

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