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We start close to home this week with a conversation about energy efficiency standards and the reason we don't have nice things. We hoped but didn't have time to get to the law office or salmon stories (but are linked below for you). We then spend a minute talking about the pathetic attempts by oil company-funded astroturf groups to garner support by trying to sell pipelines to the public with sex.
- Eleven Organizations Call on Federal Government For New Energy Efficiency Standards
- New Public Interest Law Office to Fight B.C.'s Biggest Environmental Battles
- What's Fishy About the Feds' Salmon Promises?
- Using sex to sell Ring of Fire mining project called 'absurd' by industry group
- Hideous ad from astroturf group "Canadian Oil Sands Community" illustrating the above
In the middle section, we play an interview recorded by co-host Emmay Mah at the Commonbound Conference last month with Nancy Naemtan, Strategic Advisor for Chantier de l'économie sociale about the role and importance or growing the social economy.
In the final section, Stefan and Daryn move on to international news to touch briefly on the U.K. Hinkley Point nuclear plant spy story and the relation to the ongoing issue of nuclear power. We also talk about the relationship between "hip" crops and environmental damage with reference to the price of avocados and the deforestation it's causing.
- Energy specialists raise concerns about Chinese Hinkley involvement
- In Mexico, high avocado prices fueling deforestation
Stefan, Daryn and Ed talk about the relationship between the Green Party and proportional representation, and the ongoing trend of anti-intellectualism on the geopolitical stage.
- Greens could leapfrog NDP: pollster
- Rejection of experts spreads from Brexit to climate change with 'Clexit'
- Scientific Studies: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
News we missed:
Some other stuff you may enjoy we missed!
- New "Bionic" Leaf Is Roughly 10 Times More Efficient Than Natural Photosynthesis
- Why is some plastic recycling no longer cost-effective? Blame fracking
- Dissolving batteries invented
- Seas aren't just rising, scientists say -- it's worse than that. They're speeding up.
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