Canada sells out to oil industry. Environmentalists are livid. New regulations will be approved to loosen Canadian environmental laws to assist oil companies to drill oil and build thousands of miles of new pipelines.
Hundreds of environmental and activist groups in Canada shut down their websites for a day on Monday to protest Canadian government policies that will make it easier to build pipelines to transport oil from Alberta’s vast tar sands.
The groups - joined by U.S.-based groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council - say the Conservative government is also trying to silence opponents of the pipelines from the tar sands, the world’s third-biggest oil reserve and the subject of much environmental concern.
The Conservatives, determined to make Canada what they call an energy superpower, want to speed up reviews of resource development projects, cut back laws that protect fish habitats, strip key veto powers from the federal energy regulator, and give the government the final say on approving major pipelines.
Science... technology... literature... it's all philosophy when you dig deep enough isn't it? Here you'll find my thoughts on all sorts of ways to discard your preconceptions and see things in a new light. "Hear Here" links you to my audio-clips from great radio shows or podcasts on science, philosophy or the arts.
The Dune Saga by Frank Herbert. All the usual speculations about science fiction, plus some of the deepest thoughts about politics, society, and human destiny I've read anywhere.
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. Morality from a psychologist's perspective, with a focus on major divides, like Liberal/Democrat, or Religious/Atheist. Haight sees through his self-delusions, and challenges us to do the same.
Microcosm by Carl Zimmer. A close look at what we can learn about ourselves inside our distant cousins, the single-celled organisms. Lots of evolutionary insight into what we are at this baser level!
Virus of the Mind by Richard Brodie. A book about memes... ideas and how they participate in their own evolution within human mind and society.
Godel, Escher, Bach the titanic work on math, music, and human consciousness by Douglas Hofstadter.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. A favorite children's book that became an even more favorite adult book. Full of poetry, metaphor, and wisdom.
Out of Our Heads by Alva Noe. A book about consciousness, and idea that our conception of it should maybe cross the boundary of the skull!