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Like others across the province, teachers were anxiously waiting to see if the provincial government would come through on its promises to provide stable and sustainable funding to education in its 2012/13 budget. Unfortunately, what the government presented is a ‘shell game’ budget that will fail to bring stability to Alberta’s classrooms
There are three competing logics of climate politics. One is the climate skeptic, convinced either that climate science is exaggerated or that the costs of action outweigh the benefits. Another is the climate policy analyst who accepts the climate science and evaluates policies designed to meet climate targets based on their cost-effectiveness. The third is the climate advocate, who is convinced there is a climate crisis and focuses on which political strategies are best suited to decarbonizing the energy system. While having little patience for climate skeptics, the analyst also bridles at the open advocacy of climate advocates, scoffing at their exaggerated rhetoric and bemoaning the inefficiency of their prescriptions. In doing so, however, they frequently misunderstand the logic of politics guiding the advocates.
Alberta’s economy has seen tremendous economic growth, but the lion’s share of that growth has been benefiting private corporations. Corporate profits more than doubled their share of the economy from 1989 to 2008, rising from 9.6% to 22.6%. Relatively little of the meteoric rise in profits was captured by corporate taxes as can be seen in Figure 1.
A provincial panel reviewing critical transmission infrastructure has concluded Alberta does need two high-voltage power lines between Edmonton and Calgary, but critics quickly slammed the report as a whitewash.
We must leave the overwhelming majority of unconventional fossil fuels in the ground to avoid catastrophic warming, but Nocera wants to open every spigot CO2 emissions by fossil fuels [1 ppm CO2 ~ 2.12 GtC, where ppm is parts per million of CO2 in...