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Vancouver Ecosocialist Group (VESG)
January 6, 2014


Fossil fuel wars in British Columbia Roger Annis, VESG member: On December 16, Kinder Morgan company made its official application to the National Energy Board for approval to build a $5.4-billion tar sands pipeline from Alberta to Vancouver harbour. The new line will use the path of its existing Trans Mountain Pipeline for part of the route, but it will diverge from that significantly in places, including in the final leg of the line into metropolitan Vancouver.....more
Naomi KleinScience, radical emissions reductions and radical social movements
At the Radical Emission Reductions conference held in London and organized by the Tyndall Centre, Naomi Klein argues that radical GHG emissions targets require the backing of radical social movements. She criticizes mainstream environmental organizations for not challenging market fundamentalism and the corporate interests that have led to the rapid expansion of unconventional fossil fuels development. An increasing number of writers have been making the connection between climate science and revolution: see “How science is telling us to revolt”; "The only way to stop climate change now may be revolution", and "Do we have time to fix global warming"?

Santa delivers lumps of coalCampaigning to stop coal port expansions

Delta city council joined adjacent municipalities, the Greater Vancouver Regional District and both public health boards in the Vancouver region to oppose the building of a new coal export terminal at the Fraser Surrey Docks. A sustained campaign by a coalition of community organizations encouraged the delivery of over 3400 public statements concerning port expansion (with only 9 in favour) and culminated in a silent demonstration outside the Port Authority offices. Activists from Rising Tide dressed as Santa delivered sacks of coal to Port of Vancouver offices and read out some of these public comments. Once commentator asked in reference to the latter, "how far are we willing to go to protect the environment?"

Guy McPhersonThe coming "instant planetary emergency"

It was at least 15 years ago that David Suzuki started saying "we have less that 10 years left to turn this around". Well, we have not turned this around. There has been an increasing number of articles that say climate science is now pointing to an inevitable coming nightmare of ecological catastrophe. Guy McPherson aggregates the work of mainstream, peer reviewed science to argue for the inevitability of "Near Term Extinction". Dahr Jamail writes in the Nation about the dire consequences of uncontrolled capitalist expansion and fossil fuel consumption.
For his view on Northern Gateway and the mainstream environmental movement, listen to a CoopRadio interview with Macdonald Stainsby, coordinator of oilsandstruth.org and tarsandsworld.com, and co-author of a report entitled "Offsetting Resistance: The effects of foundation funding from the Great Bear Rainforest to the Athabasca River". (Stainsby interview about half way through)


An inconvenient ice storm hits Canada and northern U.S. amidst the whirlwind of climate science denial
Roger Annis, VESG member: "A glaring observation that emerges from this ice storm is the vulnerability of human populations when their electrical service is dependent on complex and capital-intense electricity grids transporting electricity over large distances. This underscores what advocates for science and the humans are increasingly arguing--human society urgently needs to rapidly reduce its energy consumption and waste...more

Climate Change and Socialism: An Interview with John Bellamy Foster

Steve da Silva, Monthly Review: "The notion of a rift in the metabolism between nature and society (or in the universal metabolism of nature) goes back to Marx's Capital, where he constructed a theory of how the labour and production process under capitalism"...more
Albert Einstein on socialism

Albert Einstein on socialism

Albert Einstein, Monthly Review: "The economic anarchy of capitalist society as it exists today is, in my opinion, the real source of the evil. We see before us a huge community of producers the members of which are unceasingly striving to deprive each other of the fruits of their collective labor -- not by force, but on the whole in faithful compliance with legally established rules..."more

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Capitalism, Ecology, Gender

Chris Williams, Truthout: "Although various gender disparities have existed throughout history, the construction of a new ideology of gender oppression goes back to the scientific revolution and the dawn of capitalist social relations, which sought to place men above women, closer to heaven, more rational and desiring to dominate and control not only women, but also the Earth"...more



"Polar vortex", polar warming, jet streams, extreme weather: some explanations

See Video: "Cornell’s Charles H. Greene, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences, and Bruce C. Monger, senior research associate in the same department, detail this phenomenon in a paper published in the June issue of the journal Oceanography. “Everyone thinks of Arctic climate change as this remote phenomenon that has little effect on our everyday lives,” Greene said. “But what goes on in the Arctic remotely forces our weather patterns here...”...more

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