Showing posts with label Bad Businesses. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bad Businesses. Show all posts

Thursday, July 25, 2019

‘You can’t drink money’: Kootenay communities fight logging to protect their drinking water

The Narwhal
In Glade, BC, where clear-cutting could begin any day, determined residents are pulling out all the stops in an effort to protect their local creek — even though a judge ruled they have no right to clean water. Story here.
The south end of Kootenay Lk.
Photo by Shawn from Airdrie, Canada.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Replanting oil palm may be driving a second wave of biodiversity loss


A palm oil plantation in Malaysia,
poisoned to make way for new growth.
CEphoto, Uwe Aranas
The environmental impact of palm oil production has been well publicized. Found in everything from food to cosmetics, the deforestation, ecosystem decline and biodiversity loss associated with its use is a serious cause for concern. What many people may not know, however, is...story here.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Farm workers sicken as Trump slashes regulations meant to protect them.

New York Times
Ordinary people suffer because of Trump's deference to powerful interests.
Manitoba Family Believes it was Poisoned by Crop Spray (like the one referred to in the Times story)
Watch video here from Sept. 2006..

Monday, December 3, 2018

Modern slavery promotes overfishing

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Olympics vs. the Wild Creatures of the Rainforests.

Rainforest Action Network
 The Borneo file-eared frog (Polypedates otilophus).
Photo by Charlels J. Sharp.
The 2020 Tokyo Olympics are likely built on the backs of endangered species. That’s because the very timber being used to build the Olympic venues is being sourced from Indonesia’s rainforests. So much for being “one of the most sustainable Olympics yet!” Details here.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

"Manitoba doesn't need a carbon tax. We're already 'green!'" - Premier Brian Pallister.

by Larry Powell
Below is a copy of an e-mail I just sent to Chris Hall, host of the CBC Radio program, "The House." It concerns an interview he did this morning with Manitoba's Premier, Brian Pallister on the Premier's move to withdraw from the federal carbon tax plan. If you didn't hear it, Pallister announced to the world that a carbon tax is not needed in Manitoba because both he and his government are already green!
Manitoba Premier, Brian Pallister.Photo by

Hi Chris!
I'm a native Manitoban who has, as a journalist, researcher and citizen, long been immersed in the politics of this province. I could hear the lies dripping from Premier Pallister's mouth as you interviewed him on the carbon tax this morning.

His assertion that both he and Manitoba are already green, comes less than a year after his government slashed important legislation. It once provided us with a measure of health and environmental protection from the mass pollution created by this province's already large "factory hog" industry. 

And, despite a wealth of science that shows the harm this industry has, for years, inflicted on our water, soil and air, countless new mega-barns are going up as we speak. Predictably, this is also being accompanied by a growing swell of complaints from rural residents whose solitude, privacy and property values are being invaded, not only by the stench from the barns and the disease-carrying manure being spread widely on food crops, but from dust and noise from huge semi-trailers rumbling along, nearby. 

Don't forget, animal agriculture is a significant contributor to the climate crisis, which was, after all, the topic at hand. It produces copious amounts of methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than the most common one, carbon dioxide. 

Not surprisingly, under the guise of "investments" or "loans" (which may not be loans at all, but outright grants), this expanding industry is being "helped along" with generous dollops of our tax dollars. In what alternate universe could this possibly be considered a "polluter pay" policy?

Pallister's hidebound ideology - that we must have growth at all costs - and that most regulations amount to nothing more than "red tape" - amounts to contempt for his own citizens and an insult to our intelligence. 

Lake Winnipeg and other important waterways in this province have, for years, been so overgrown with algae (much of it the toxic "blue-green" kind), they can be seen from space! Does anyone in her right mind believe that massive industry expansion will make these problems anything but worse?

If Pallister had boasted that his province was not really green but "blue-green" he would have been closer to the truth!

Larry Powell
Shoal Lk. MB!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Busted! Citizens' group exposes Illegal hog operation in Manitoba. Few consequences likely for barn owner.(Video)

Read an alternative version here. Also....

"In Hogs We Trust."  
A critique of Manitoba’s “runaway” hog industry.

Friday, June 15, 2018

This is Giant Mine

Giant Mine - 2008. Photo by WinterCity296 WinterforceMedia
This gold mine was once so dangerous that it killed a toddler who ate snow two kilometres away. Canada’s second-largest environmental liability is inside Yellowknife city limits — and intrinsically tied to the city’s history and future. The federal government has now inherited the billion-dollar cleanup effort that could span a century. More here.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

World's Biggest Brands Are Pushing Indonesia's Endangered Wildlife to Extinction

An ancient Indonesian rainforest, home to elephants, orangutans, tigers and rhinos, is being destroyed by industries which extract products such as palm oil. Story here.

A Sumatran tiger. Dick Mudde.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Exxon Loses Appeal to Keep Auditor Records Secret in Climate Fraud Investigation


The documents, held by PriceWaterhouseCoopers, could provide a glimpse into the oil giant's calculations of the business risks posed by climate change. Story here.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Pipeline leaks more than 70 thousand litres of crude oil onto Oklahoma farmland

Nation of Change
Plains All American Pipeline has been behind at least 25 pipeline incidents in the state of Oklahoma since 2004, with more than half of them due to corrosion. Story here.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Trump sued over Keystone XL pipeline

Nation of Change

"We cannot stand by and allow oil and gas companies to ruin our climate and pollute our land, water and sacred cultural sites." Story here.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

St. Boniface residents say metal shredder is polluting air, harming health


Province says neighbourhood is safe, but residents and environmental researcher disagree. Story here.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

How Protecting Native Forests Cost a Southeast Asian Activist His Life

Logging in Malaysia. Photo credit: Stephen Codrigtonn
Malaysian activist Bill Kayong fought to save native forest lands from logging and oil palm development. Like a troubling number of environmental campaigners around the world, he paid for it with his life. Second in a series.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Stop Trump From "Blessing" a "Marriage" (between Monsanto and Bayer) Made in Hell. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!

This is urgent! Trump is ready to bless a merger between chemical giants Monsanto and Bayer to create a $100 billion agribusiness beast designed to dominate our earth's food system. PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION!!!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dirty industries spend more on politics, keeping us in the fossil age.

by George Monbiot
Alberta tar sands - photo by "Beautiful Destruction."
Make America Wait Again. That’s what Donald Trump’s energy policy amounts to. Stop all the clocks, put the technological revolution on hold, ensure that the transition from fossil fuels to clean power is delayed for as long as possible. Story here.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Another Blatant Conflict-of-Interest is Ignored on Our National Airwaves. Has CBC Radio's "The House" Let Us Down Again?

by Larry Powell

Will the CBC ever learn?

More than five years ago, the radio program "The House," interviewed their "go-to" guy on just about everything; corporate apologist and big-shot business tycoon Derek Burney (l.), a former Canadian ambassador to the U.S. and adviser to Brian Mulroney.  He sang the praises of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline (extremely controversial even then) and railed against the "violent emotion" being used by environmentalists to oppose it. He never gave, nor was he asked to give, examples of what he meant by violent. Neither did he nor the CBC ever mention that he (Burney) was then (and may still be, for all I know), a director of Trans Canada Pipelines, proponents of the project! It was only after I made a formal complaint to the CBC ombudsman that they apologized for the "oversight." 

Fast forward to this morning and, lo and behold, the same program interviewed the same Derek Burney! This time, in a spiel reminiscent of Nazi-appeaser Neville Chamberlain (the UK's PM at the start of the Second World War), Burney laid out his own blueprint for "getting along" with the incoming Trump administration. Once again, no mention of Burney's business interests! 

Do you suppose Burney just might have an ulterior motive here? Perhaps he doesn't want us to do anything that would rock the boat, or move Trump off his position of support for what is likely still one of Burney's pet projects, the Keystone XL pipeline?

In this age of fake news and rampant conflicts-of-interest, surely the CBC can do better. 

Ya think?


Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Thousands of snow geese die in Montana after landing on contaminated water


Huge flock of migratory birds landed on acidic waters of an open pit mine where employees attempted to scare them off. Story here.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Corporate Giants' "Sustainable" Palm Oil Revealed as Sham


Nestlé, Kellogg's, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and others are linked to child labor and forced labor in Indonesia. Story here.

A vast palm oil plantation in Indonesia. 
Photo by Achmad Rabin Taim.

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