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From: axial6/26/2019 7:16:00 AM
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'Storm approaching': firms fear for deliveries in shipping shakeup

'The tougher regulations, set by the United Nations shipping agency, the International Maritime Organization (IMO), come into force on Jan 1. Costs will rise for ships towards the end of this year and there will be a knock on effect for trucks and other transporters that move goods around the world. For shipping companies it is the biggest shakeup in decades and adds to the pressures of an economic slowdown and the threat of an escalating trade war between the United States and China.


Trucking companies will also suffer. The IMO rules do not apply to them but they will face new competition from ships for lower sulfur fuel. This is expected to push up the price of diesel fuel for trucks by as much as 100 percent. Small to mid-sized truckers may find it tough as they lack the clout to negotiate fuel deals or to recoup the costs.

“I’m at the whim of the market. All I can do is let the customers know what’s going on,” said Mike Baicher, president and chief executive of New Jersey based West End Express, which runs 90 trucks in New York, New Jersey and along the East Coast. '

A foundational aspect of globalization is cheap transportation. As long as it exists, industry and workers can be anywhere, independent of their markets. But the ecological footprint of many thousands of ships, and hundreds of thousands of trucks and trains —is huge. And contrary to today's neoclassical economics, that footprint is NOT a mere "externality".
  • In 2016 BC's Knowledge Network showed Freightened: The Real Price of Shipping. It's on again, for those who can access.
  • As the idioT likes to say, "People tell me ..." that it can be found on the internet as an MP4
A good documentary. Review here.

"Through mechanisms such as the “flag of convenience,” ships avoid the higher taxes, environmental standards, and minimum wage payments of developed countries, lowering costs by up to 65%. As ships age, their environmental impacts become more severe: Most shipwrecks involve vessels—often oil tankers—that are more than 25 years old and are poorly maintained.

Yet the size of the shipping industry is projected to triple in the next 20 years, with new shipping lanes opening up through sea ice loss in the Arctic. Although ships can be retrofitted to avoid the worst effects and reduce energy consumption, change is slow and regulations are difficult to enforce. Given the urgency of the problem, which the film conveys brilliantly, the suggested solutions seem timid: Rating schemes for ships and better labeling of products feel like sticking plasters rather than actual solutions."

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From: axial6/26/2019 7:52:44 AM
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Former PM Campbell rips Scheer's climate plan

' Along with her criticism of the Conservative Party plan, Campbell said she has "no time" for climate change deniers.

"It is a serious, serious issue and we need to it to attack it," she said.'
  • Way to go, Kim!
  • Though we may disagree, there are two prominent Canadian conservatives for whom I have enormous respect — Kim Campbell and Andrew Coyne
  • These are conservatives with integrity and intelligence. Their perceptions of failures on the left -- and within the Conservative party itself -- are always worthwhile.

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From: axial6/26/2019 8:01:19 AM
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"I'm tired of looking over my shoulder," he said. "I mean when is enough enough?"

' We're in a war against crime': Northern Alberta hamlet pleads for help

'At his bungalow, Mills described peering out his window eight years ago and seeing two quads taking off down his driveway. He called police as he chased after them. Mills ran one quad off the road and the driver scurried off. He found the other quad tipped upside down in flames.

The next evening Mills received a phone call from an anonymous number.

"They had told me they're going to burn my house down with me in it," he recalled. "[The police] said they couldn't do nothing about it. So I sat up in my garage for the next two weeks from 10 at night until five in the morning with a shotgun, waiting for someone to come, to burn me out. What else am I supposed to do?"

It's a question on the minds of many Canadians since the high-profile case involving the death of Saskatchewan man Colten Boushie. In February 2018, a jury found Gerald Stanley not guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of Boushie, who had driven onto his farm with friends from Red Pheasant Cree Nation.'

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From: axial6/30/2019 2:35:04 AM
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Canada Signals a Willingness to Challenge Trump on His Clean-Car Rollback

'Canada has signaled a willingness to buck one of President Trump’s most significant environmental rollbacks — a major weakening of auto pollution standards — by signing a clean-car deal with California, the state leading the fight against the rollback. Wednesday’s agreement, which pledges to advance the use of clean and electric cars, lacks binding specifics. Nevertheless, Canada’s decision to publicly align itself with California and its climate-change policies inserts the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau into a high-profile battle being waged over Mr. Trump’s weakening of rules designed to combat climate change.

“Working with California is a way to move forward and share best practices and align our standards,” said Catherine McKenna, the Canadian environment minister, on a telephone call with reporters. “California has been an inspiration when it comes to clean fuel standards. That is where the world is going.”

Traditionally, Canada has aligned its auto emissions standards with federal rules in the United States. However, several analysts said they saw Wednesday’s announcement as a clear step toward a more concrete shift in which Canada could potentially switch to the environmentally stricter standards of California and other states.'

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From: axial7/1/2019 12:11:53 AM
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Happy 152nd, Canada!

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To: gg cox who wrote (674)7/3/2019 6:57:46 AM
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Hi gg,

Noted, your linked posts (1, 2)

The fact that the new energy paradigm can't possibly meet demand has been forecast for years. It's encouraging to see some conservatives (especially techno-utopians) beginning to get it.

But the paper doesn't go far enough.

— If the world can't meet projected demand with alt-energy


— If the world is forced by climate change to drastically reduce consumption of fossil fuel

— Where does that leave us?

I submit again that the logical outcome of approaching events is binary:

(A) Continue using fossil fuels and face the natural outcome: "Mother Nature will act, and she will be ruthless"
(B) Discontinue fossil fuel use rapidly -- as is necessary -- and suffer a huge decline in every aspect of modern life.

When will people understand that there are two drivers for climate change: energy and human behaviour?

The primary factor is energy. Without energy, nothing. With excess energy, you can have growth -- and in economics, profit. Insufficient energy? Decline and death until you reach stasis -- where energy demand matches energy supply.

When there's not enough energy to meet demand, you get decline. Declining production. GDP. Tax revenues. Agricultural output. Rising costs. At the economic margins, more and more people have less: food, shelter, transportation.


It's a good summary, though important factors like the Jevons paradox (1) are only mentioned in footnotes.

What's missing is the inescapable -- and logical -- conclusion.

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From: axial7/3/2019 7:57:07 AM
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Canada 'confident' U.S. raised issue of detained citizens with China

'Canada’s prime minister said on Tuesday he is confident U.S. President Donald Trump made good on his promise to raise the cases of two detained Canadians during recent discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s comments come after Trump said on Saturday he did not talk with Xi about the extradition proceedings against Chinese telecommunications executive Meng Wanzhou during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan.

“I am confident that the Americans brought up the issue and President Trump brought up the issue of the detained Canadians in China,” Trudeau said during a news conference in Toronto. He did not say why he was confident the matter was raised.'
  • Personally, not confident about anything said by Trump.

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From: axial7/3/2019 2:52:33 PM
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Canada's most populous province set to more than triple weed outlets

'Ontario’s government announced plans on Wednesday to issue 50 new cannabis retail licenses, which would more than triple the total number of privately owned brick-and-mortar cannabis stores in Canada’s most populous province.'

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To: axial who wrote (1178)7/3/2019 11:05:04 PM
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Meaning what?

Trump raised Canadian detainees with China in ‘clear and substantive way’: source

‘Naive’ Canada shouldn’t believe Trump asked Xi about Kovrig, Spavor: China

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From: axial7/4/2019 12:26:18 AM
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theinterpreter — Pacific links: power games, volcanic eruptions, and media blackouts

  • “The United States wants Australia to embrace a power role in the Pacific”, says US ambassador to Australia, Arthur Culvahouse. His statement followed the weekend G20 summit, where Prime Minister Scott Morrison and President Donald Trump also agreed that France needs to play a stronger role in the region.
  • The Guardian has an interesting series on a drug route you’ve never heard of: a multibillion-dollar operation involving cocaine and methamphetamines packed in the US and Latin America and transported to Australia via South Pacific islands. Fiji is particularly disrupted by this new industry and its police are overloaded. Dealers, however, are thriving and violence is rising. Jose Sousa-Santos, who researches transnational crime in the Pacific, explains how and why Australia and New Zealand need to take responsibility and partner with Pacific island states to take decisive action.
  • Japan, the US and Australia have picked a liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea as their first case for joint financing in the Indo-Pacific region, planning to lend over $1 billion in the near future. Grant Wyeth looks closer at this trilateral initiative and the reasons behind this cooperation.
  • Mt Ulawun, one of PNG’s most active volcanoes, burst into life last Wednesday morning, hurling ash some 17 kilometres into the air. Jamie Tahana followed Christopher Lagisa, a local living at the bottom of the volcano. The PNG government has set aside K5 million to support people affected by the eruption. Governor Fancis Maneke says locals are being forced to wait for assistance by damage to roads and interruptions to air links.
  • Climate change has left PNG fishermen struggling to find a catch, says the national Fishing Industry Association. Climate change will challenges fishing practices across the broader Pacific, and Johann Bell looks at the possible solution, while warming waters are pushing tuna to the east. One solution would be to actually look north, to what Iceland has done as an example of how to make its fishing practices sustainable.
  • Media are a crucial part of the democratic process and accessibility to politicians is key to informing the public. However, in the Pacific, this rule is not always respected. Last week, Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne made a brief visit to PNG and Bougainville, journalists could not engage with her. For some, there seems to be a pattern, and it needs to be changed.
  • Palau, a small island state in the North Pacific, is in a Compact Free of Association with the United States. Michael Wash explains what the US could do to include it more in subregional architectures and initiatives.
  • Kiribati might graduate from the category of Least Developed Country (LDC). James Webb looks at the implications.'

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