Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez attends the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festival on March 10 in Austin, Texas. Ocasio-Cortez has hit out at immigration critics who do not acknowledge the role climate change plays in driving global migration. GARY MILLER/FILMMAGIC/GETTY
New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter on Tuesday to highlight one of the driving factors behind global migration that, more often than not, goes ignored by those seeking to quell it: climate change.
“The far-right loves to drum up fear & resistance to immigrants,” said Ocasio-Cortez, whose own Green New Dealproposal aims to address climate change and economic inequality. “But have you ever noticed they never talk about what’s causing people to flee their homes in the first place? Perhaps that’s [because] they’d be forced to confront [one] major factor fueling global migration: Climate change.”
Peter German, front left, former deputy commissioner of the RCMP, speaks about his review of anti-money laundering practices in the province as B.C. Attorney General David Eby listens during a news conference, in Vancouver, on Wednesday June 27, 2018 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
On Monday, B.C. Attorney General David Eby said he was shocked to find the RCMP is doing “nothing” to investigate money laundering in the province, despite years of negative headlines and estimated billions of dollars in dirty money flowing through the province’s casinos and real estate.
He cited a finding from former RCMP executive Peter German’s recently filed review of money laundering in the province’s housing market, that Eby said, shows currently there is not one dedicated federal RCMP officer in B.C. investigating criminal money laundering.
“What is happening is nothing,” Eby said. “Police experts need to be recruited from across Canada for a specialized team that can start now. The money launderers here are already experts, they’re already rich, and now we know they’re better resourced.”
Some investigators that have shared information with Global News over the past year, said Eby’s surprise seems misplaced. It has long been known by government insiders that the RCMP and Canadian courts have little or no capacity to prosecute transnational money launderers, they said.
These investigators — including current and former federal and municipal police officers and casino investigators — say that due to weak laws, poor police leadership, lack of funding for financial crime investigators, and disinterested prosecutors, laundering investigations have often been outright avoided by police.
Expect more court battles as long as the Crown has no duty to consult with Indigenous groups before passing laws.
Steve Courtoreille, Chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation, at Parliament Hill after speaking about legal action against the federal government in Ottawa on Jan. 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ADRIAN WYLD
In October of 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on a contentious case involving the Mikisew Cree. This dispute stemmed from the Harper government’s introduction of two omnibus bills dating back to 2012. These bills proposed changes to Canada’s environmental protection and regulatory processes, which the Mikisew challenged for violation of a treaty they signed with the Crown back in the late 1800s. The Canadian Constitution legally recognizes and affirms these treaties reached between the Crown and Indigenous groups.
The Indigenous group asserted that if these bills passed, the environment rollback provisions contained within them would harm the environment (such as by permitting mining companies to build structures without government approval). The Mikisew’s position was that this violated their constitutionally protected treaty rights to hunt, fish and trap on their territory. They argued that the Crown had a duty to consult them on the development of such legislation as it impacted their treaty rights.
The group successfully pleaded its case in the federal court, but eventually lost on appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada, where the justices decided 7-2 against them. The majority of the court concluded that the duty to consult in fact did not extend to the law-making process. In reaching this conclusion, however, the court was surprisingly divided.
The underlying purpose of the duty to consult is to facilitate reconciliation between the Crown and Indigenous interests.
Even though the Supreme Court refused to broaden the scope of the duty to consult in the present case, questions surrounding this issue seem far from settled. MORE
Experts say even nations that got rich on fossil fuels are seeing the future is green
A workman cleans panels at Landmead solar farm near Abingdon, England. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images
Norway’s $1tn oil fund, the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, is to plunge billions of dollars into wind and solar power projects. The decision follows Saudi Arabia’s oil fund selling off its last oil and gas assets.
Other national funds built up from oil profits are also thought to be ramping up their investments in renewables. The moves show that countries that got rich on fossil fuels are diversifying their investments and seeking future profits in the clean energy needed to combat climate change. Analysts say the investments are likely to power faster growth of green energy.
Norway’s government gave the go-ahead on Friday for its fund to invest in renewable energy projects that are not listed on stock markets. Unlisted projects make up more than two-thirds of the whole renewable infrastructure market, which is worth trillions of dollars.
Previously, it had warned that such investments could be at risk from political interference. But now the sum the fund can invest in green projects has been doubled to $14bn. “Even a fund built on oil is seeing that the future is green,” said Jan Erik Saugestad, CEO of Storebrand Asset Management.
In March, Norway’s sovereign wealth fund said it would dispose of its investments in 134 companies that explore for oil and gas, worth almost $8bn. But it is retaining stakes in oil firms such as Shell and BP that have renewable energy divisions. SOURCE
Canadians want a government that will invest in renewable energy and ensure a sustainable future.
In her Spring Reports on tax and non-tax fossil fuel subsidies, the Environment Commissioner confirmed that Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is failing to identify and assesses fossil fuel subsidies – and is only doing weak assessments on the measures they are examining.
The Environment Commissioner also identifies serious gaps in the Liberal government’s ability to protect Canadian waters from invasive aquatic species. The Commissioner found that the government has failed to take the necessary steps to prevent invasive species from becoming established in Canada’s waterways. The federal government has also failed to clearly define the jurisdiction of the provinces.
Yesterday, a report released by Environment and Climate Change Canada found that Canada is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the world. MORE
Who knew that shooting yourself in the foot was less harmful than shooting yourself in the head?
Lancaster University: Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate change than trying to capture carbon from fossil fuel power stations, according to new research published by Nature Energy.
Carbon capture technologies – that is new, or as yet undeveloped, technologies that capture CO2 emissions from coal and gas-fired power stations – play a fundamental part within the models that serve as the basis of international agreements to tackle climate change, such as at the Paris Climate Change Agreement of 2015.
However, new research shows that resources that would be spent on developing and installing carbon capture technologies would be better invested in creating more solar panels and wind turbines and focusing on developing energy storage options to support these instead.
An international team of researchers from Lancaster University, Khalifa University, Clemson University, UiT The Arctic University and the University of Florence, have calculated the energy output after taking into account the energy needed to create and operate the system, for carbon capture technologies across a range of fossil fuel power stations – including coal and natural gas.
They compared these results with the energy return on energy invested for renewable energy systems, such as wind farms and solar panels, combined with various kinds of energy storage systems, such as batteries, hydrogen or pumped hydro-power and discovered that worst cases of renewables, with storage, compare to the best examples of carbon capture. MORE
The Alberta government may well leave taxpayers to clean up the oil and gas industry’s mess.
‘I think this issue is too big and too scary for both government and industry to face.’
The main thing Jason Kenney and Rachel Notley have in common, other than their affinity for pipelines, is their joint fear of the possible $260-billion cleanup bill for the province’s aging oil and gas fields.
Neither Kenney, the United Conservative Party leader, nor NDP Premier Notley have said much on the hustings about this astounding liability, which includes tens of thousands of inactive wells, abandoned gas plants, oil sands tailing ponds and 400,000 kilometres of pipelines.
The mountainous size of the cleanup costs dwarfs the puny pile of security deposits the province has collected from industry to pay for the cleanup — $1.5 billion.
Regan Boychuk, a 41-year-old Calgary roofer, independent researcher and a driving member of the Alberta Liabilities Disclosure Project, understands why Kenney and Notley don’t want to talk about such embarrassing math.
“I think this issue is too big and too scary for both government and industry to face. It is a can of worms,” said Boychuk in a Tyee interview.
But if not corrected, the scale of the problem could affect the province’s credit rating, bankrupt hundreds of smaller oil and gas firms and leave Canadian taxpayers with the mother of all cleanup bills. MORE