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Ireland just became the world's first country to stop investing in fossil fuels
Bill will drop coal, oil and gas investments from Ireland Strategic Investment Fund

Ireland has voted to be the world’s first country to fully divest public money from fossil fuels.

The Irish Parliament passed the historic legislation in a 90 to 53 vote in favour of dropping coal, oil and gas investments from the €8bn (£6.8bn) Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, part of the Republic’s National Treasury Management Agency.

The bill, introduced by Deputy Thomas Pringle, is likely to pass into law in the next few months after it is reviewed by the financial committee.

“This principle of ethical financing is a symbol to these global corporations that their continual manipulation of climate science, denial of the existence of climate change and their controversial lobbying practices of politicians around the world is no longer tolerated,” Mr Pringle said.

“We cannot accept their actions while millions of poor people in underdeveloped nations bear the brunt of climate change forces as they experience famine, mass emigration and civil unrest as a result.”

Once enacted, the bill would force the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to sell its investment in fossil fuel industries over the next five years.

In 2015, Norway’s sovereign pension fund divested from some fossil fuel companies, but not all.


Peter Julian has just announced he’s running for the leadership of the Federal New Democratic Party (NDP).

He wasn’t even on my radar, but now I’m very interested. These are some very bold, clear visions for the party; reject oil pipelines, invest in renewable energy, respect indigenous rights to oppose projects on their territory, inclusiveness to people with disabilities, eliminate university tuition, go after tax havens & the 1%, massive investments in affordable housing.



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Essential Oils Masterpost (part 1)

This is part one in my series of essential oils. Here, I talk about the basic essential oil starter kit and crucial things to know before you get started working with oils. If you have any questions or requests, please don’t hesitate to message me.

To see essential oil recipes in part two, click here.

How to get started
If you want to start using essential oils, but don’t know where to start, the following oils blend well and can be used for a wide variety of things ad makes a great starter kit:
Roman Chamomile
Citrus oil (choose lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, lemongrass)

If you’re doing aromatherapy for pain relief, as well as the ones above you should check out these oils:
Black pepper (warming, stimulates blood flow and lymphatic system
Clove (warming, natural anaesthetic)
Spanish sage (great for circulation)

You should also pick up some carrier oils:
Coconut oil - antibacterial, highly moisturising, good for massage, but can cause break outs on acne prone skin, quite costly
Olive oil - moisturising, affordable, great for skin, doesn’t clog pores
Jojoba oil - moisturising, great for sensitive skin, soothes skin problems (psoriasis, eczema, sun burn, acne) buy hard to find and can be expensive
Vitamin e oil - makes excellent addition to other carrier oils, amazing for skin problems, speeds up healing and leaves skin silky soft, but very sticky on own and a little pricey.

If you want to diffuse oils, it’s worth investing in either and oil burner (x) or oil diffuser (x). Be careful because some oils can be poisonous, so always research your oil before using. If you have asthma the diffuser can cause breathing problems and even trigger an attack so please avoid.

And finally, get yourself a good reference book. I recommend wholeheartedly ‘The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Essential Oils: The Complete Guide to the Use of Oils in Aromatherapy and Herbalism’ by Julia Lawless. It’s available very cheaply on amazon (x).

Things to be aware of

  • Unless you know what you’re doing, you should never use oils neat, even the gentle ones like lavender oil. You can put yourself at risk of sensitization – when your skin develops a sensitivity to certain oils, so you won’t be able to use oils again.
  • Always research each oil thoroughly before using. Just because oils come from a natural source doesn’t mean they can’t be harmful or even deadly if misused.
  • You need to be aware of oils that can cause skin irritation or sensitivity: allspice, anise, bay Laurel, benzoin, black pepper, cassia, catnip, cinnamon (bark or leaf), citronella, clove, dalmation sage, fennel, fir, lemongrass, may chang, melissa, oakmoss, oregano, parsley, Peru basalm, spruce, tagetes, thyme.
  • Test drop of diluted oil on the patch of skin behind ear and wait 24 hours. If no irritation occurs, you can use the oil. Always know the risks of each oil and take proper caution to dilute appropriately.
  • As always, pregnant people should avoid use of essential oils, unless they’re recommended by a professional. Do not use essential oils on babies and children under 7. For children use a lower concentration of oils.
  • If you get any essential oils in your eye, do not rinse with water. Oils don’t dissolve in water so it won’t get rid of it effectively. Rinse with olive oil and then put some warm water in an egg cup, hold to eye and blink into it. Repeat until oil has gone. Seek medical advice as soon as possible.
  • Essential oils should always be kept in a glass container away from direct light as they can erode plastics and discolour over time.
  • Real sandalwood is extremely endangered so it’s very expensive and unethical to buy. You can get Amaris sandalwood, but it’s not real sandalwood, smells crappy and has none of the benefits. Do yourself and the earth a favour and don’t use sandalwood.
  • Pure rose oils are very expensive for a small amount. Rose absolute is cheaper, but is almost always diluted in liquid coconut oil. This is okay because it still smells amazing and has great benefits, plus it stops you accidentally using too much.
  • Don’t buy cinnamon leaf (unless you want it for specific benefits) instead of cinnamon bark oil because it’s cheaper. It smells weak and has none of the benefits that cinnamon bark has.
  • When massaging, you should always direct the flow of massage towards the lymph nodes. Look at this chart to see where the major lymph nodes are.
  • You can consume some oils (like peppermint and lemon), providing they are medical/food grade and in small amounts. Organic oils are usually safe to consume because they have no poisonous pesticides on them.  Research each oil thoroughly before consuming.
  • If you’re allergic to the plant, you will most likely be allergic to the oil.

flix911  asked:

Hi! Because pipelines and the oil industry are so detrimental for the environment, but Canada, specific provinces especially, receives a lot of revenue because of those resources, what is a solution? Should we stop those industries altogether and lose jobs/revenue? Is there a better way?

The solution is to keep oil production at its current level, not expand it. A lot of environmentalism isn’t about shutting down the oil sands (that would destroy the economy), its just keeping it at 2016/2017 levels, and then gradually reducing it once other energy sectors are able to take over (i.e. a transition). If we do this our climate change goals can be made, oil jobs will remain while we invest heavily in renewables. Oil pipelines don’t just transport oil, they allow industry to export more of it.

If we have any hope of reducing the worst of Climate Change, we have to keep a substantial amount of oil in the ground, and that means we must resist projects like pipelines that will expand operations. Otherwise we are risking cities being wiped off the map, millions of deaths and billions of refugees. These things will happen if we continue the status quo.

Also it should be pointed out that oil & gas investments are very poor job creators. Renewable energy jobs generate many more jobs for the same price:

Renewables Now Employ More People Than Oil, But Canada Is Missing In Action

And this:

Renewable Energy ‘Creates More Jobs Than Fossil Fuels’


Saparmurat Atayevich Niyazov (Turkmen: Saparmyrat Ataýewiç Nyýazow, Сапармырат Атайевич Ныязов; 19 February 1940 – 21 December 2006) was a Turkmen politician who served as the leader of Turkmenistan from 1985 until his death in 2006. He was First Secretary of the Turkmen Communist Party from 1985 until 1991 and continued to lead Turkmenistan for 15 years after independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Turkmen media referred to him using the title “His Excellency Saparmurat Türkmenbaşy, President of Turkmenistan and Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers”.[citation needed] His self-given title Türkmenbaşy, meaning Head of the Turkmen, referred to his position as the founder and president of the Association of Turkmens of the World.[2]

Niyazov became president at the transition of Turkmenistan from a Soviet republic to an independent state. His presidency was characterized by an initial crumbling of the centralized Soviet model that in many respects was unsuited to function as a separate entity; also, there were large amounts of foreign income from gas and petroleum reserves (approximately $2–4 billion as of 2005).

Niyazov became a substitute for the vacuum left by the downfall of the communist system, with his image replacing those of Marx and Lenin. He renamed the town of Krasnovodsk “Turkmenbashi” after himself, and renamed schools, airports and even a meteorite after himself and members of his family. His many, sometimes erratic decrees, and the doting actions of the official Turkmen media gave rise to the clear appearance of a cult of personality. The eccentric nature of some of his decrees, and the vast number of images of the president led to the perception, especially in western countries, of a despotic leader, rich on oil wealth glorifying himself whilst the population gained no benefit.

Turkmenistan has the second-largest oil reserves in the former Soviet Union, generating high revenue for the state. The government has used central planning, such as state control of production and procurement, direct bank credits with low interest rates, exchange rate restrictions, and price controls, since it existed as a Republic within the U.S.S.R.[8]

In the years following independence, Turkmenistan invested heavily in plants and machinery in an attempt to convert it from being primarily a supplier of petroleum to a more advanced economy; such investments included oil refineries and a polyethylene plant. In an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper, Niyazov claimed that Turkmenistan was able to process 85% of its domestic output. Additionally, numerous petroleum transportation projects were completed such as a pipeline from the Korpedje field to Kort-Koi in Iran.

In 1991, Niyazov’s government put forth a decree granting “the free use of water, gas and electricity and refined salt by the people of Turkmenistan for ten years”;[2] when the decree expired, he extended it to 2020.

Turkmenistan is one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.

What I Learned About the World After Reading One Investor Letter

We’re only just getting started…

The other day I found myself reading an obscure investment letter from Goehring & Rozencwajg Associates. They’re a group of natural resource investors in New York City who you have probably never heard of. Neither have I. But this investor letter is an unbelievable read. Especially if you have any interest in investing or capturing high growth trends years down the road.

1. The world is about to be a consumption machine unlike any other time in history

“The world has never before had two major countries, each with populations exceeding 1.3 billion, that are simultaneously in the middle (China) and just entering (India) their periods of intense commodity consumption growth.”

2. Not enough people are talking about the importance of copper, which is needed for anything high-tech from AI to VR and anything infrastructure

“India has an incredibly low level of copper installed in its economic infrastructure at present. Our models calculate that today India has only 15 pounds of copper per person invested in its economic infrastructure versus China which has approximately 175 pounds per person invested in its infrastructure. Given this low level of copper in the economy combined with India’s 1.3 billion person population, our models tells us that Indian demand alone will add nearly 400,000 tonnes of incremental world copper demand in the next several years.”

3. It’s time to start thinking about a day when 4 billion people are in the middle class

“From the late 1960s until the early part of last decade, we calculate the world had approximately 500–750 million people residing in emerging market economies that are in their period of high intensity commodity consumption at any given time. However, with India now joining China and the rest of the SouthEast Asian countries, we calculate that over four billion people have now entered into what we call the middle of their “S-Curves” — that is, the period where commodity consumption intensity rapidly increases.”

4. The reality is that green house gases are only just getting started

“The average Indian consumes 1.2 barrels per oil per year, once again very much in line with China in 2001. Over the last decade, India has grown its oil consumption by 0.03 barrels per person per year just as China did in the decade leading up to 2001… For example, Indian vehicle sales are expected to reach 2.8 vehicles per thousand Indian citizens, which is higher than China was in 2001. Similarly, total airline passengers carried is expected to hit 90 out of every 1,000 Indian citizens this year. These figures are 35% and 55% ahead of where China was in 2001.”

5. How a simple diet switch from increased wealth can impact the food chain

“As a country hits a certain level of per capita GDP, they switch from a starch-based diet to a meat-based diet. Since raising livestock is up to seven times as grain-intensive as subsisting on a plant-based diet alone, the impact on the grain markets is immense.”

It’s important to keep in mind each of these 5 points are not going to happen over night. They are estimates and assumptions that would take years or decades. It’s also important to note that they each rely on the continued growth and prosperity of India and China. But if you think India and China are global powerhouses on the rise, don’t ignore what you just read. It could be your next great investment years from now or even the start of a business aimed at one of these two countries.

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I wouldn’t mind Peter Julian as NDP leader. He has a lot of policies that I strongly agree with (Free tuition, against oil pipelines, massive investments in housing, etc), and he seems like a genuinely good person. He’s also one of the most bilingual candidates, which would help the party a lot in Quebec where it faultered last election.

I’m just not certain that he could win in an election against Justin Trudeau and a right wing populist. He’s somewhat reserved and soft spoken and lacks the passion that candidates like Niki Ashton & Charlie Angus have.

I’d like to be proven wrong, though.

“True Story: Middle Eastern oil is cheaper than Russian oil. It’s easier to drill. Russians lack the technology to drill in a manner that is cost-effective enough to compete with the price of middle eastern oil. So, Russia continues their destabilization of the region by arming militants and backing authoritarian regimes. They say it’s because of religion.

Then-Secretary of state Hillary Clinton and Obama impose sanctions on Russia that prohibit Exxon from sharing drilling technology that would make their oil prices competitive with the mid-east.

Russia loses about 500 billion dollars.

Clinton runs for President. If she wins, the sanctions will not be lifted. The emails are leaked, Putin favors Trump (who has a shady ties and possible financial dealings with Russia, some believe). Putin acquires and leaks information which seems to favor Trump a week before the election. The FBI colludes. Trump wins.

Trump nominates Tillerson, the very man who was not able to share drilling tech with Russia, as Secretary of State. If confirmed, he will be the man responsible for lifting any sanctions against Russia.

Trump is invested in the Dakota Access pipeline, which will make American oil cheaper. Trump knows he will lift the sanctions on Russia, and wants American oil (which he is invested in) to remain competitive. So he will push it through.

The facts are all there. Trump was installed by Russia because of big oil and Putin’s personal vendetta against Clinton. All Trump had to do was capitalize on the fear, hatred, bigotry, sexism, islamophobia, xenophobia, and religious zealotry of America’s poor.

And now he is censoring climate-change scientists and attempting to de-regulate 75% of our government (most of said regulation exists to regulate the acquisition, production, transport, and consumption of fossil fuel) so that fossil fuel reigns just long enough for the oligarchs to gain all the wealth left in the world. Fucking our world to poisoned bits in the process. He is an oligarch, and we are just peasants to him.

Follow the money. Find the truth.

Trump says ugly things. He plans to DO worse things, silently. He says the ugly things so we don’t notice what he does in silence, behind closed doors.

Be vigilant.”

- Megan Jean


Get to Known me Meme, Royalist Edition

[8/15] Memorable Royal Moments - The Coronation of Elizabeth II

Elizabeth II was crowned Queen on June 2nd, 1953, over a year after her ascension to the throne. Her father, George VI, had died unexpectedly on February 6th of the previous year. Elizabeth’s coronation was held the next year because, according to tradition, it was not considered appropriate to have it while everyone was still mourning his passing.

Her coronation gown was designed by Norman Hartnell, and was a white silk dress embroidered with floral symbols of the various countries in the Commonwealth. She is said to have worn the Imperial State Crown while going about her regular daily routine, in order to get used to the weight of it.

The ceremony itself was held at Westminster Abbey, and was the first to ever be televised. Some 8000 guests attended the actual ceremony, and millions watched live on television. The basic elements of the coronation itself have been the same for the past thousand years. The new monarch is presented to the people, and then acclaimed by them. The monarch then swears an oath to uphold the Church and the law. They are then anointed with oil, crowned, and invested with the various regalia, including the orb and sceptres. The newly crowned King or Queen then receives the homage of his or her subjects. At Elizabeth’s coronation, the first to do so after the clergy was her husband, Prince Philip.

Why I Won’t Vote

By W.E.B. DuBois, The Nation, 20 October 1956

On October 20, 1956, W. E. B. Du Bois delivers this eloquent indictment of US politics while explaining to Nation readers why he won’t vote in the upcoming Presidential election. Du Bois condemns both Democrats and Republicans for their indifferent positions on the influence of corporate wealth, racial inequality, arms proliferation and unaffordable health care.

Since I was twenty-one in 1889, I have in theory followed the voting plan strongly advocated by Sidney Lens in The Nation of August 4, i.e., voting for a third party even when its chances were hopeless, if the main parties were unsatisfactory; or, in absence of a third choice, voting for the lesser of two evils. My action, however, had to be limited by the candidates’ attitude toward Negroes. Of my adult life, I have spent twenty-three years living and teaching in the South, where my voting choice was not asked. I was disfranchised by law or administration. In the North I lived in all thirty-two years, covering eight Presidential elections. In 1912 I wanted to support Theodore Roosevelt, but his Bull Moose convention dodged the Negro problem and I tried to help elect Wilson as a liberal Southerner. Under Wilson came the worst attempt at Jim Crow legislation and discrimination in civil service that we had experienced since the Civil War. In 1916 I took Hughes as the lesser of two evils. He promised Negroes nothing and kept his word. In 1920, I supported Harding because of his promise to liberate Haiti. In 1924, I voted for La Follette, although I knew he could not be elected. In 1928, Negroes faced absolute dilemma. Neither Hoover nor Smith wanted the Negro vote and both publicly insulted us. I voted for Norman Thomas and the Socialists, although the Socialists had attempted to Jim Crow Negro members in the South. In 1932 I voted for Franklin Roosevelt, since Hoover was unthinkable and Roosevelt’s attitude toward workers most realistic. I was again in the South from 1934 until 1944. Technically I could vote, but the election in which I could vote was a farce. The real election was the White Primary.

Retired “for age” in 1944, I returned to the North and found a party to my liking. In 1948, I voted the Progressive ticket for Henry Wallace and in 1952 for Vincent Hallinan.

In 1956, I shall not go to the polls. I have not registered. I believe that democracy has so far disappeared in the United States that no “two evils” exist. There is but one evil party with two names, and it will be elected despite all I can do or say. There is no third party. On the Presidential ballot in a few states (seventeen in 1952), a “Socialist” Party will appear. Few will hear its appeal because it will have almost no opportunity to take part in the campaign and explain its platform. If a voter organizes or advocates a real third-party movement, he may be accused of seeking to overthrow this government by “force and violence.” Anything he advocates by way of significant reform will be called “Communist” and will of necessity be Communist in the sense that it must advocate such things as government ownership of the means of production; government in business; the limitation of private profit; social medicine, government housing and federal aid to education; the total abolition of race bias; and the welfare state. These things are on every Communist program; these things are the aim of socialism. Any American who advocates them today, no matter how sincerely, stands in danger of losing his job, surrendering his social status and perhaps landing in jail. The witnesses against him may be liars or insane or criminals. These witnesses need give no proof for their charges and may not even be known or appear in person. They may be in the pay of the United States Government. A.D.A.’s and “Liberals” are not third parties; they seek to act as tails to kites. But since the kites are self-propelled and radar-controlled, tails are quite superfluous and rather silly.

The present Administration is carrying on the greatest preparation for war in the history of mankind. Stevenson promises to maintain or increase this effort. The weight of our taxation is unbearable and rests mainly and deliberately on the poor. This Administration is dominated and directed by wealth and for the accumulation of wealth. It runs smoothly like a well-organized industry and should do so because industry runs it for the benefit of industry. Corporate wealth profits as never before in history. We turn over the national resources to private profit and have few funds left for education, health or housing. Our crime, especially juvenile crime, is increasing. Its increase is perfectly logical; for a generation we have been teaching our youth to kill, destroy, steal and rape in war; what can we expect in peace? We let men take wealth which is not theirs; if the seizure is “legal” we call it high profits and the profiteers help decide what is legal. If the theft is “illegal” the thief can fight it out in court, with excellent chances to win if he receives the accolade of the right newspapers. Gambling in home, church and on the stock market is increasing and all prices are rising. It costs three times his salary to elect a Senator and many millions to elect a President. This money comes from the very corporations which today are the government. This in a real democracy would be enough to turn the party responsible out of power. Yet this we cannot do.

The “other” party has surrendered all party differences in foreign affairs, and foreign affairs are our most important affairs today and take most of our taxes. Even in domestic affairs how does Stevenson differ from Eisenhower? He uses better English than Dulles, thank God! He has a sly humor, where Eisenhower has none. Beyond this Stevenson stands on the race question in the South not far from where his godfather Adlai stood sixty-three years ago, which reconciles him to the South. He has no clear policy on war or preparation for war; on water and flood control; on reduction of taxation; on the welfare state. He wavers on civil rights and his party blocked civil rights in the Senate until Douglas of Illinois admitted that the Democratic Senate would and could stop even the right of Senators to vote. Douglas had a right to complain. Three million voters sent him to the Senate to speak for them. His voice was drowned and his vote nullified by Eastland, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who was elected by 151,000 voters. This is the democracy in the United States which we peddle abroad.

Negroes hope to muster 400,000 votes in 1956. Where will they cast them? What have the Republicans done to enforce the education decision of the Supreme Court? What they advertised as fair employment was exactly nothing, and Nixon was just the man to explain it. What has the Administration done to rescue Negro workers, the most impoverished group in the nation, half of whom receive less than half the median wage of the nation, while the nation sends billions abroad to protect oil investments and help employ slave labor in the Union of South Africa and the Rhodesias? Very well, and will the party of Talmadge, Eastland and Ellender do better than the Republicans if the Negroes return them to office?

I have no advice for others in this election. Are you voting Democratic? Well and good; all I ask is why? Are you voting for Eisenhower and his smooth team of bright ghost writers? Again, why? Will your helpless vote either way support or restore democracy to America?

Is the refusal to vote in this phony election a counsel of despair? No, it is dogged hope. It is hope that if twenty-five million voters refrain from voting in 1956 because of their own accord and not because of a sly wink from Khrushchev, this might make the American people ask how much longer this dumb farce can proceed without even a whimper of protest. Yet if we protest, off the nation goes to Russia and China. Fifty-five American ministers and philanthropists are asking the Soviet Union “to face manfully the doubts and promptings of their conscience.” Can not these do-gooders face their own consciences? Can they not see that American culture is rotting away: our honesty, our human sympathy; our literature, save what we import from abroad? Our only “review” of literature has wisely dropped “literature” from its name. Our manners are gone and the one thing we want is to be rich–to show off. Success is measured by income. University education is for income, not culture, and is partially supported by private industry. We are not training poets or musicians, but atomic engineers. Business is built on successful lying called advertising. We want money in vast amount, no matter how we get it. So we have it, and what then?

Is the answer the election of 1956? We can make a sick man President and set him to a job which would strain a man in robust health. So he dies, and what do we get to lead us? With Stevenson and Nixon, with Eisenhower and Eastland, we remain in the same mess. I will be no party to it and that will make little difference. You will take large part and bravely march to the polls, and that also will make no difference. Stop running Russia and giving Chinese advice when we cannot rule ourselves decently. Stop yelling about a democracy we do not have. Democracy is dead in the United States. Yet there is still nothing to replace real democracy. Drop the chains, then, that bind our brains. Drive the money-changers from the seats of the Cabinet and the halls of Congress. Call back some faint spirit of Jefferson and Lincoln,and when again we can hold a fair election on real issues, let’s vote, and not till then. Is this impossible? Then democracy in America is impossible.

what are sellbots trying to sell

insurance?? stocks?? is there a toontown stock market??? time shares???? do sellbots own chunks of land in toontown??? are they selling overstock gags for outlet stores???? investment opportunities?? oil ? ?? ??  spare sheet metal??? what do they Have. what do they want us to Have

Umair Haque on Trifurcation Of Iraq

My buddy, Umair, suggests that trifucation is inevitable for Iraq:

“My personal take on the end game : the US will leave as the civil war breaks out. This will finally result in a trifurcation of Iraq. Two Sunni and Shiite nations will emerge that will either turn on each other, backed respectively by the Saudis (and indirectly by the US) and Iran, or collectively turn against the US and/orIsrael. Kurds will formally proclaim independence, create the third nation and live on as a virtual protectorate of the US. Western oil companies will invest in Kurdistan because that oil has the clearest exit path through Northern Turkey and the Black Sea.

Will this be in the US interests? That depends upon whether the Shias and Sunnis continue to be at each other’s throats or unite in a global jihad against the US. The US will certainly try to keep fanning the flames through proxies like Saudi Arabia and Jordan.”


The balkanization of the former Yugoslavia – another nibs-and-nabs country left over from earlier wars and empires – suggests that peace may be more likely if the various feuding language and religious groups can disentangle themselves into a patchwork of nations.

Why aren’t there any national figures arguing for the inevitable? The only stable portion of Iraq is Kurdistan. The Iraqi constitution acknowledges the autonomy of various regions. Why don’t we actively promote a disengagement into three countries as soon as possible? Shouldn’t some Democrat propose this?

Sure. the Sunni state would be backed by Saudi Arabia and the US, Kurdistan by the US and others (and opposed by Turkey and Iran), and a Shiite state by Iran. So what? Any actual wars would be blocked (potentially) by UN intervention. Even if the Shiite state wanted to join Iran, formally, so what? Don’t the Shiites have the right to self-determination?

anonymous asked:

Try and remember that there's a province whose economy is not doing good right now. A province whose economy can effect the economy of multiple other provinces. A province with families who can't afford their bills because they've been laid off. A province that for years has been taking care of other provinces with worse economies. A province that can't afford to not have these go through, at least not yet. Albertas not just a bunch of rich looking to get richer

i’m well aware of alberta’s economic struggles right now. i’ve got family members who’ve lost their jobs in oil-related industries because of the recession. 

i definitely think that there’s an unfortunate attitude among a lot of liberals and environmentalists (of all parties or none) to write off alberta completely or ignore the fact that the oil industry and related industries are a massive proportion of the economy, so to tell people to just find a different job or dismiss economic concerns outright is extremely condescending and poor strategy.

that said, alberta’s economy is doing so poorly right now to a large extent because of the oil industry. previous governments avoided diversification of the economy or building a strong oil-revenue/rainy-day fund by raising taxes on oil companies. because the federal and provincial governments decided that relying almost entirely on oil for the economy was a good strategy, any crash in global prices (and resource and oil prices are always volatile) would inevitably cause an enormous recession. this was very shortsighted planning. 

if you look at the example of somewhere like norway, another oil-rich country, they created a state-owned oil company that had priority over private companies, and the private companies they did allow were taxed on their profits around 80 or 90 percent (and why not, these companies didn’t create the oil). they kept production from being too rushed, avoiding inflation of the currency and thus harm to manufacturing through dutch disease (unlike canada), and created a massive sovereign wealth fund of over one trillion dollars. they used that money to keep income inequality low and fund a strong welfare state with high unemployment benefits to offset recessions like the current one. now that oil prices are tanking and countries worldwide plan to phase out its use, they’re using that wealth fund to diversify the economy further and make sure they don’t get caught relying on a dying industry to prop up their economy. alberta, inversely, is doubling down on the hope of new pipelines and squeezing out whatever’s left of the oil industry’s future.

so it’s clear that choosing to invest in oil as an economic future is an incredibly bad idea, the same as coal or asbestos or lead paint. this doesn’t even get into the myraid number of other problems with the oil industry or new pipelines, from the colonial model of wealth extraction on stolen land without native consent; to the poisoning of rivers, forests, and communities when pipelines leak or spill; to the social harm done to both albertan and maritime communities from boom and bust towns built around profit with few community relationships; to the health hazards and high levels of cancer and disease among oil workers and the towns surrounding the oil sands. none of these are worth new pipelines. but even if they were it would still be a terrible idea economically. alberta needs massive investment from both federal and provincial governments in alternative energy and other industries so that unemployed workers can be retrained and alberta’s economy can be put on a track for a less volatile and dwindling economic future. this could be done immediately if governments wanted to and there was public pressure for it. instead we’re doubling down on a no-future industry with massive social and environmental costs because it’s profitable to certain corporations.

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I can’t wait for oil prices to go back up. My parents have invested big in oil.
—  Found on my college’s yikyak (someone else pointed out that now is a great time for us all to invest in oil)