Shell’s Oily Shell Game

Each week we either report on an oil spill, or pass over it in favour of even more pressing news because they just plain happen so often it’s hard to keep track of. Turn out, even these casual estimates are likely vastly underreported or swept under the rug due to the fact that oil companies themselves are responsible for reporting, and reporting how MUCH oil got spilled…. a huge factor in how much attention they get. We talk about these numbers with the help of a few news items in the first section.

In the second section, we talk about some non-oil news ūüôā A new environment commissioner report was published talking about the poor oversight Canada offers consumers with regards to personal healthcare and cosmetics. Many of these products people use every day presuming them to be safe have either never been tested, or the companies aren’t required in the first place to report whats in them. Not just from the public, but from regulators as well.

In the final section, we talk about some “good news*”, aka as usual nothing is ever just purely good ūüôā but this stuff pretty good? Maybe? We discuss…

This week’s bonus show…

we talk about ‘externalities’,¬†long-term threats and other problems humans are just naturally bad at dealing with. Also at the end, Daryn explains why he’s been away and what this means for the future.

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(437) Taxpayers Can Suck It

This week we go back to 1992 to listen to one of the most famous environmental speeches in modern history, Severn Cullis-Suzuki at Rio ’92. ¬†Has anything changed? Can it still?¬†You can watch the video here.

Next up, we listen to a fabulous clip of Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada taking the parliamentary secretary to the minister of the environment РColin Carrie to task for intentionally trying to mislead Canadians about our own CO2 emissions. You can watch the video here.

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Finally, the panel dissects a recent “The Agenda” with Steve Paikin episode “Carbon Commitments” that featured industry mouthpiece¬†Candice Malcolm (Ontario Director) for the strongly suspected astroturf group , Canadian Taxpayers Federation on what could have been a serious discussion on the evolution of a federal carbon regulation system. Why does the CBC keep putting private interests and actual experts next to each other as if they we’re equally valid? Oh wait, I think¬†Andrew Mitrovica had something to say about that

Who are they? Well here’s the entire¬†list of their priorities for Ontario [click image to the left]… They’re just regular-old concerned taxpaying citizens… riiiiight.

This weeks music:

“Vessel” – Dan Mangan¬†& “Half the City | Biscuits & Jam” –¬†St. Paul and the Broken Bones