Wind Energy Supporters Tell Todd Smith to Start Listening

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How on Earth is the cancellation of the White Pines Energy Project  in Prince Edward County’s best Interest? Or Ontario’s?

Protesting the cancellation of the White Pines Energy Project, residents were there to greet Todd Smith along with the OSSTF

How does the retroactive, arbitrary  cancellation of the White Pines Energy Project encourage investment in Ontario?

How does it address the need for clean renewable energy to  replace our reliance on costly nuclear generation and stop the billions being wasted refurbishing Pickering’s aging nuclear reactors?

How does it address our climate EMERGENCY?

Oh, yes, I forgot, Doug Ford doesn’t believe in climate change. Through some perverse magical thinking, this high school dropout seems to dismiss out of hand the scientific evidence presented by thousands of the world’s leading climate scientists (who actually did graduate from high school).

And right there with him is  Quinte MPP Todd Smith. The braying jackasses in the picture above says it all.

Investors now understand that if they try any development in Ontario, and particularly any business connected to green energy, they are likely to have their business yanked from under their feet at a moment’s notice by the whims of this disasterous leader and his flat-earth-cabal and face outrageous fines to boot.

To its credit, Prince Edward Council does recognize that we are faced with a climate crises. Now, it should inform our provincial ‘leaders’ that PEC is no longer an “unwilling host”.


Will Impossible Burgers be the norm for Gen Z?

The Impossible Burger, a vegan burger with heme harvested from soybean roots to look, feel, and taste like beef, as prepared by Hell’s Kitchen in Downtown Minneapolis, MN. Photo via Tony Webster under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license

In one of those interchangeable American office parks, where oceans of blacktop pool around lowrise grey-on-grey buildings, a gaggle of kids in white lab coats gathered to apply temporary burger tattoos, conduct mini science experiments, and await the arrival of a radically transformed food system.

The backs of those lab coats were decorated with the initials IF standing for “Impossible Foods,” the eight-year-old startup working to replace all animal meat with its plant-based alternatives.

The kids went from table to table under big white tents in the parking lot behind company headquarters. There was a station where they could try and guess the flavor of jelly beans while wearing nose plugs (it’s almost impossible), and another where they could make little wind turbines out of paper. The vibe was more grade-school science fair than Silicon Valley bacchanal, despite the fact that the company is flush with cash.

Investors are clawing and shoving for the opportunity to throw money at young alternative-meat companies. Impossible just raised $300 million in its fifth time going back to the money well. Another veggie-burger maker, Beyond Meat, saw its stock price increase more than 600 percent since it first went on sale in MayDel Taco, Carl’s Jr., and T.G.I. Friday’s are selling Beyond Meat products, while White Castle, Burger King, and Qdoba are offering Impossible burgers — and the company can’t make enough to keep up with demand. Things seem a little frothy: Is this a faux-meat bubble?

Impossible Foods’ kid-centric event was perfectly crafted to quash fears that America’s enthusiasm for its burgers is just a flash in the pan. The company organized the party to herald a set of survey findings showing that young people are more likely than past generations to seek out meat alternatives. The report attempts to dispel any bubble fears in the very first line: “Plant-based meat is the hottest trend of 2019 — but it isn’t a passing fad.” MORE

Best way to fight climate change? Plant a trillion trees

This is by far — by thousands of times — the cheapest climate change solution, study co-author says

Young Macedonians plant seedling on the Vodno mountain near the capitol Skopje, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. A new study estimates that planting a trillion new trees could suck up nearly 750 billion tonnes of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. (Georgi Licovski/EPA)

The most effective way to fight global warming is to plant lots of trees, a trillion of them, maybe more, according to a new study.

Swiss scientists also say that even with existing cities and farmland, there’s enough space for new trees to cover nine million square kilometres, roughly the size of the United States.

Their report is in Thursday’s edition of the journal Science.

The study calculated that over the decades, those new trees could suck up nearly 750 billion tonnes of heat-trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere — about as much carbon pollution as humans have spewed in the past 25 years.

A female adult jaguar sits atop a tree at the Mamiraua Sustainable Development Reserve in Uarini, Amazonas state, Brazil. Planting more trees could also preserve biodiversity, scientists say. (Bruno Kelly/Reuters)

Much of that benefit will come quickly because trees remove more carbon from the air when they are younger, the study authors said. The potential for removing the most carbon is in the tropics.

Canada has lots of room for trees

“This is by far — by thousands of times — the cheapest climate change solution” and the most effective, said study co-author Thomas Crowther, a climate change ecologist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Russia, the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil and China have the most room for new trees, the report said.  MORE


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LETTER: Don’t let big money call the shots in upcoming election

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As a fellow traveller on this planet called Earth, what are your concerns? Do you worry about climate change, jobs, pollution and affordable health care and education? Do these concerns seem insurmountable? What can be done?

I attended a rally in Toronto on June 20 where these concerns and many more were discussed. The gathering was under the auspices of a grass-roots organization called A Green New Deal For All. Among the presenters were well-known environmentalists David Suzuki, Naomi Klein and Pam Palmater. Best known to me was David Suzuki, who at age 83 is still actively fighting to save our beloved planet. His passionate speech explained how, by making the right choices, we could make changes that would benefit us all.

Presently, our governments are not true democracies. Big money and rich corporations too often call the shots. Added to this injustice, the rich do not pay their fair share of taxes. If they did, so many of our society’s and the Earth’s needs could be looked after. Many programs could be financed to the benefit of us all and cuts to education and health care would be eliminated. Funds for developing clean energy would become available, creating many jobs and eliminating the need for fossil fuels.

Learn more about A Green New Deal online at

Arm yourself with knowledge when preparing to vote in the fall elections. Choose strong candidates that stand up for green policies that will benefit us all, not those who support greedy corporations that have profits as their bottom line.

Lynn Tomlinson


Green New Deal for All Tour Update

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What a whirlwind couple of weeks it’s been! From Vancouver to Halifax, The Leap traveled coast to coast for 6 SOLD OUT STOPS of our Green New Deal for All Tour.

To those of you who could join us in person, thank you for showing that thousands of people are ready to fight for a Green New Deal rooted in justice and Indigenous sovereignty.

And to everyone we heard from, who wants to be part of this growing movement but couldn’t make it out to an event in person, we have something for you!

Watch a recording of the Vancouver event here, including speeches from Kanahus Manuel, Harsha Walia, David Suzuki, and Avi Lewis, and an exhilarating performance by Kimmortal.

This is the movement we’ve been waiting for, and working towards, for years. Like the Leap Manifesto, the Green New Deal is a jobs and justice program that offers solutions to the climate crisis that are actually as big and bold as we need. But this time around, the Green New Deal is being pushed by a massive, multi-generational movement.

As Naomi Klein said when she kicked off our tour in Toronto, “When the future of life is at stake, there is nothing we cannot achieve. We will win a Green New Deal. We will win it because we have to.”

Watch Naomi’s full speech from our very first tour stop in Toronto: five reasons why the Green New Deal is workable, winnable, and an idea whose time has come.

The tour may have ended, but our work is far from over. Thank you again for making our last two weeks so powerful — we’re excited and determined to keep fighting for a Green New Deal for All with you.


OPEC head: Climate activists are the ‘greatest threat’ to oil industry

OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo. AFP / Getty Images


What’s one of the world’s most powerful cartel’s afraid of? A bunch of meddling kids.

Climate activists and their “unscientific” claims are “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry going forward,” said Mohammed Barkindo, the secretary general of OPEC (the cartel representing 14 countries with 80 percent of the world’s oil reserves) earlier this week.

He might have been talking about protesters more broadly, but the rest of his statement suggests that young people are being particularly irksome. Barkindo said some of his colleague’s children are asking them about the future because “they see their peers on the streets campaigning against this industry.” (I guess the birds and the bees isn’t the most uncomfortable conversation parents are having with their kids in OPEC households.)

This is, of course, heartening news for climate activists. Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swede famous for starting a movement of youth strikes calling for climate action, thanked OPEC for the compliment.

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“There is a growing mass mobilisation of world opinion… against oil” and this is “perhaps the greatest threat to our industry”.
OPEC calls the school strike movement and climate campaigners their “greatest threat”.

Thank you! Our biggest compliment yet! 

Climate campaigners ‘greatest threat’ to oil sector: OPEC

Barkindo is right that climate advocates are winning over the hearts and minds of the people. Surveys show that 57 percent of Americans now think fossil fuel companies are at least partially responsible for climate change. Meanwhile, support for policies that would cut into fossil fuel companies’ bottom lines, like transitioning to renewable energy infrastructure, is increasing as approval for expanding fossil fuel infrastructure and offshore drilling declines.

As for climate activists’ “unscientific claims,” it’s unclear if Barkindo had a particular statement in mind, but the science pretty unequivocally supports demands for urgent change. Global emissions need to be drastically cut by 2050 to avoid more than 1.5 degrees C of warming, and to do that we need to use way less fossil fuels.

It’s not just public opinion that’s turning against the fossil fuel industry — insurance companies and investors are increasingly opting to put their money elsewhere. But that’s not the fault of some upstart kids: It’s because science and common sense are showing fossil fuels are a bad investment, especially in the long run. Recent figures estimate that climate change could cost the world economy as much as $69 trillion by 2100. MORE