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Who are the climate change deniers?

Climate change deniers | Climate change basics | Climate change | Science & policy | Climate change basics | Issues.

I was curious who, at this point, actually publicly maintained denial of scientific consensus (that is, fact). The estimable David Suzuki (or at any rate, his foundation), helps. Disturbingly, a senior Tory, Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources (think tarsands), has been, well, tarred as being one.

I find it frankly amazing that there is any shred of doubt, and that we, as a collective of peoples, are not actually racing to do slow, if not stop, the inevitable seas, storms, wars.

…And if Canada’s Pipeline Information Is Scant….How is the US, Again?

No One’s Really Monitoring the Pipeline in Your Back Yard – Svati Kirsten Narula – The Atlantic.

Public Information on Oil Pipelines Hard To Find in Canada

Pipeline safety: Canada lags U.S. on making data public – Canada – CBC News.

This is important and relates to making what is essentially public data maintained by government open to the public:


“I was kind of shocked how little there is available in Canada,” says Carl Weimer, executive director of Pipeline Safety Trust in Bellingham, Wash., a non-profit group focused on improving pipeline safety.”

Over at the NEB, the head of business operations, Patrick Smythe, acknowledges that its information may not always be available online.

“But if anyone wants any information on any Canadian pipeline that we regulate they can come to us and ask us for that information and we’ll provide it,” he said.

In Canada, general maps are available from individual pipeline companies, but there is no comprehensive one showing all the systems and their exact locations.

The difference in the U.S. is that any member of the public can go online and view maps of pipelines accurate to about 150 metres right across the country.

The National Pipeline Mapping System allows citizens to search by operator, pipeline name or even the status of the pipeline, whether it’s in service or abandoned.

These data, these maps, are important. They not only make it possible (and not just easier) to identify and track leaks and other problems, and how they may affect local (and downstream) residents (and the environment), but they also give a sense of the actual cost of piping the oil. Actual cost includes the overall cost of the pipe and its fluids to the communities through which the pipes go, as well as those claimed by the relevant companies. So, in Canada:

The data that the CBC collected for our searchable map suggests that the rate of pipeline incidents has doubled, from one to two incidents for every 1,000 kilometres, between 2000 and 2011.

It was difficult to do much analysis with the data set since some reports were incomplete or had inconsistent information.

Rethinking the State: An Interesting Project

Mariana Mazzucato – projects.

Schneier on Power & The Internet.

The Battle for Power on the Internet – Bruce Schneier – The Atlantic.

Let’s be skeptical and consider the effects of technological forms only now emerging on the shape of power to come. Power, I’d like to think, is more than force and more than access.

How not to manage a community

How Amazon and Goodreads could lose their best readers –

How the FLOK Society Brings a Commons Approach to Ecuador’s Economy – Shareable

How the FLOK Society Brings a Commons Approach to Ecuador’s Economy – Shareable.a


Daniel Vazquez: The idea for the FLOK Society—a “free, libre, open knowledge” society—comes straight from Ecuador’s five-year strategic plan called the Plan of Good Living, which was first published in 2009 (a second version was published this year, but is not yet available in English). The plan itself provides a path for transitioning away from Ecuador’s extractive, oil-reliant economic model toward one that is based on open and shared knowledge.”

The End of Hypocrisy | Foreign Affairs

The End of Hypocrisy | Foreign Affairs.


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On Multistakeholderism

If Multistakeholderism Had Prevailed in the Late 19th/Early 20th Century Would Women Have the Vote? (…Would We Still Have Slavery? | Gurstein’s Community Informatics.

Interview with Chris DiBona of Google |

Interview with Chris DiBona of Google |

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