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Most BCers Want to Get Off Fossil Fuels. Not Joking.

#PostCarbonEnergyInfrastructure.

I know, I know, it’s a really clunky Twitter hashtag, so let’s just think of it as a concept for a second!

Infrastructure: the systems in place for things like water systems, roads, the interwebz, electrical cabling, train tracks; and social infrastructure are things like the health, education, welfare, food security systems.

Energy: makes things go. Vroom vroom.

Carbon: fossil fuel energy sources that cause climate change/breakdown!

Post: after.

Let’s move to a post-carbon energy infrastructure:

  • solar roadways: currently at over 200% of its indiegogo campaign with a week to go.
  • wind
  • solar
  • geothermal
  • tidal
  • hydro

But before you call me a crazy dreamer, off the grid in some crazy place chomping granola and hugging trees, it turns out that most BCers are interested in it too. Which is why the government isn’t too keen on promoting this FACT while they fluff us all on LNG, fracking, tarsands and pipelines.

So, as you commune with your god, or your kayak or your family time today, read these quickie poll numbers from April so you can see that we’re not alone in demanding a post-carbon energy infrastructure:

The poll found more than three quarters of British Columbians (78%) agree that B.C. should transition away from using fossil fuels to cleaner sources of energy to prevent climate change from getting worse.

More than two thirds (67%) agree the province should decrease its reliance on fossil fuel exports to avoid future boom and bust economic cycles.

Another three quarters (74%) agree that the province has a good opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by developing the solutions needed to transition away from fossil fuels.

Poll: British Columbians ready to shift away from fossil fuels | Pembina Institute.

When Blog Comment Spam Goes Bad

You know you want it!

Someone really crossed the line from whoops, to nuclear codes.

One of the15,000 weekly blog spam comments that never make it to the human eyes stage on this website, accidentally made it through.

Sadly, it is a compendium of all the kinds of faux-sincere blog comments. Which is like Christmas for those who pay attention to the sociology of the internets.

Read at your leisure, and peril. Actual websites deleted to not encourage bad behaviour.

It becomes a mildly deranging mantra of ill. Kind of like neoliberal capitalism.

Push back!

Remember, Occupy Vancouver reboots at 615pm Thursday night at Grandview Park. Come join us with your ideas. Mine are all about seeking equality and justice: economically, socially, politically and environmentally.

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How Harper is Gutting Canada: THE LIST

Click me, to see the details of all that Harper is cutting from Canada’s soul.

This is not to be missed. of the Toronto Star has conducted an exhaustive search of all the ways the Harper Conservative government is gutting Canada.

A Toronto Star analysis has for the first time pulled together a detailed account of the range of recent cuts seen under Stephen Harper’s government.

- from Conservatives dismantling social programs built over generations | Toronto Star.

It’s organized by sector, includes background links and we all need to memorize it over the next few months so we know how to get rid of the Conservative Party cancer on Canadian society, whether there’s an election after May 1, 2014, or all the way into 2015.

Ice Crisis at the Poles: Ice, Ice, Baby

What continent is this, anyway?
What continent is this, anyway? And why does it matter?

The arctic ice cap will be fully melting in the next few summers, likely.

There is a lake on top of the ice at the North Pole. Santa is getting worried.

On August 26, 2012, the Arctic sea ice extent reached the lowest value observed during the satellite record.” We know this because scientists, real actual scientists, are studying this, using the Scientific Method[tm] that has been used for hundreds of years.

And as Antarctic ice shelves continue to break apart and slide into the ocean, ice that is currently sitting ON Antarctica will slide into the oceans. While Arctic Ocean ice cap melting will not rise the sea levels, ice sliding into the ocean from Greenland and Antarctica will. And as the ice shelves melt, they can no longer plug that ice. That’s part of the sea level crisis.

But the melting of fresh water into the salt oceans is a separate issue. Salinity matters. Change it and we change the planetary currents, which affects climate and extreme weather events [This summer in Canada: Calgary flooding, Toronto flooding, Vancouver breaking a 60-year record for consecutive sunny days, etc.].

More importantly beyond these serious weather disasters is that changing ocean salinity affects the weather enough to alter how humans grow food, and where.

Insurance companies are already aware of how climate change/breakdown affects global assets and the economy. Who would discount their analysis? Climate change deniers, often funded by carbon-based energy corporations.

So what do we do?

Sell your second car. Sell your first car. Ride your bike more. Use a grocery delivery service. Use transit more. Walk more. Buy locally produced products. Demand politicians to leave the tarsands in the ground, stop the pipeline expansion, stop the liquid natural gas development, and invest in post-carbon energy infrastructure which will give us more jobs in environmentally sustainable energy development without radically increasing our carbon footprint.

All these things reduce our global carbon footprint.

Or, we could just continue to watch our planet’s climate breakdown, leading to billions of displaced and starving people because of ocean levels rising and food production crises because of weather pattern changes.

Our legacy as a race is defined by what we are, or are not, doing to ensure our world is sustainable in the future. Right now, we are squandering it.

Our descendents are not going to approve of our inaction. At all.

Because it’s all about the ice, ice, baby.

Is It Really That Hard to Imagine Cities Without Cars?

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A blissful infographic of imaginative paradigm mechanics!

Probably. That’s why really creative paradigm mechanics are thinking outside the box-y sedans to figure out how we could reorient cities and movement in cities with a changed premise: no cars.

Imagine how much parking space we’d free up for human pursuits?

Imagine how much climate change aggravation we could minimize?

Imagine if we had enough transit to make cars in cities unnecessary?

Shuffle City looks at the new possibilities that could arise from cities transitioning away from cars with drivers to cars without drivers.

If cars were put into some constant flow as a public good, and if people didn’t all have their own vehicles, there would be no need for the concrete wastelands and lifeless towers that serve as a parking infrastructure in the urban landscapes of car-centric cities like Phoenix and Los Angeles (Under the current ownership model, the average car spends 21 hours per day parked.)

The share of city space ruled by parking lots will shrink, making way for more green space, environmental buffers, workspace, housing, retail, and denser planning for more walkable cities.

- from Imagining A Future City Filled With Driverless Cars And Without Any Parking Spaces