The  BlueLine encircling the Burrard Inlet and the Fraser Valley with Modern Tram service, throws a noose around the Housing Crisis as it alerts us of the need for government action in British Columbia
THE  BLUE LINE: MODERN TRAM AND NEW HIGHWAYS ACCESSING LAND TO BUILD 100 NEW NEIGHBORHOODS AND TOWNS BUILT ENTIRELY FROM AFFORDABLE HOUSING PRODUCTS
Housing prices in Greater Vancouver hover 12-times over median household incomes throwing the region and the province into a Housing Crisis. Government is responsible for the crisis, and government action is needed to solve it. Below we detail a framework for ending the housing crisis that cuts across all levels of government, local, regional, provincial and federal.
The approach is prototypical and can be adapted for use in other regions in Canada beset by runaway land price inflation.
Continue reading “F.E.T.C.H.—A Framework for Ending the Crisis in Housing : A Call for Government Action in Canada and British Columbia”
Greens and Climate Change activists have it all wrong in Germany, where government will convene a high-level session promising a further 30% reduction in GHGs
GREENPEACE MAKES A WHALE OF AN APPEARANCE AT THE FRANKFURT CAR SHOW (AP Photo 12 Sept)
“The automotive industry makes money by destroying the environment,” Marion Tiemann, a transport expert at Greenpeace and one of the event’s organizers, said at the protest. “We’re in the midst of a climate crisis.”
Continue reading “Germany Reduces GHGs by 30% But the People Still Want More”
With the IPO for Aramco due later this year, a drone strike on its second largest facility sets the stage for the unravelling of the Petro Dollar on the International stage. A humanitarian crisis has beset Yemen since the 2015 Saudi-influenced civil war.
10 HOUTHI DRONES HIT THE SECOND LARGEST OIL PRODUCTION FACILITY IN SAUDI ARABIA
Ten drones delivered missiles to the second largest oil processing site in Saudi Arabia. Houthi rebels from Yemen, backed by Iran, took responsibility. Saudi Arabia produces about 1/10th of the world oil supply. However, the ruling family is readying to divest itself of Aramco (Saudi Arabian Oil Co.) with a initial public offering later this year.
Continue reading “Aramco Hit as Gulf Tensions Heighten”
STORMTROOPERS (Bloomberg Photo)
UPDATE 15 SEPTEMBER: Political turmoil engulfing this global financial center showed no signs of abating as tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators marched Sunday in defiance of a police ban, with many venting their anger at Beijing just two weeks before China celebrates the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic.
Continue reading “Hong Kong Demands 民主—Democracy”
On Friday 23 August Xi hit back. China announced retaliatory tariffs on the US threat to impose 30% import fees on goods Made in China. ‘
“WE DON’T NEED CHINA”
Taking to Twitter to make sure his message was unequivocal, Trump stated succinctly, “We don’t need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them.”
Continue reading “Xi Strikes Back”
In a masterful strike, Trump took ‘The Art of the Deal’ international. Unable to regulate international corporations, he did the next best thing.
TRUMP: THE ART OF A DEAL WITH XI. Photographer: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP Getty Images
Tariffs and free trade agreements are Trump’s way of projecting the power of government over corporations that are American in name, but operate internationally to avoid US taxes. To close the loophole Trump will slap tariffs on goods designed in the USA, but made in China. As a sidebar he gets leverage over his #1 rival, China’s president Xi.
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In an open letter in over 30 Canadian Newspapers today, an oil industry PR executive argues for privileging 20th century solutions
Suncor Energy oil sands project near Fort McMurray, Alberta, 13 June 2017 (Photo: Larry MacDougal/AP)
Oil from Alberta’s Tar Sands will be worth as much as the sands that hold it, making it difficult to get the oil to market at a competitive price. That day is not far in the offing. Rather than increase pipe-line capacity, lets focus on dropping demand. How many electric cars do we need to get on the road to match the throughput of a pipeline reaching the Burrard Inlet, the home of more than 1 million Canadians? Damian Newman, president of an oil industry public relations firm, fails to factor this calculus in his open letter to all Canadians.
Continue reading “Not Any One Province or Pipeline, All Canadians Should Put the Interests of the Oil Industry First”