Are you reading?

Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist is Dr. Patrick Moore’s engaging firsthand account of his many years spent as the ultimate Greenpeace insider, a co-founder and leader in the organization’s top committee.

Moore explains why, 15 years after co-founding it, he left Greenpeace to establish a more sensible, science-based approach to environmentalism.

Confessions details Moore’s vision for a more sustainable world. From energy independence to climate change, genetic engineering to aquaculture, Moore sheds new light on some of the most controversial subjects in the news today.

In Confessions Moore persuasively argues for us to rethink our conventional wisdom about environment and, in so doing, provides the reader with new ways in which to see the world.

Terry Simmons, Ph.D. geographer, lawyer, Greenpeace co-founder, says:

“I have known Patrick Moore as a friend and colleague since we co-founded Greenpeace 40 years ago. He is a tough minded scientist and an advocate for sound scientific research, policy, and practical, sustainable development. Former colleagues in the environmental movement scorned and shunned Dr. Moore, after he left Greenpeace to return to his family roots in forestry and fishing in British Columbia, and to promote environmentally sound business. Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout: The Making of a Sensible Environmentalist describes Dr. Moore’s personal, often controversial journey, and important changes within the environmental movement.”


Helpless by Christie Blatchford

“In case you’ve forgotten, on Feb. 28, 2006, a few protesters from the nearby Six Nations reserve walked on to a construction site in Caledonia, Ontario, and took it over. In the next few months, the protesters – bolstered by supporters from outside – erected barricades, dug a trench across a town street, dropped a van over a bridge on to the highway below and toppled a Hydro One tower. Four and a half years later, the barricades are still up. …Blatchford’s book may be one-sided but it provides a service for everyone. It shows just how much trouble we’re in. Caledonia marks the ultimate failure of the enduring Canadian political strategy inherited from prime minister Mackenzie King: Ignore a crisis as long as possible (or even longer) in the hope that some day it will just go away.”

Globe and Mail


Intellectuals and Society by Thomas Sowell

Sowell shows how intellectuals have filtered information in the media, in the schools, and in academia, to leave out things that threaten their vision of the world. Intellectuals’ downplaying of objective reality and objective criteria, says Sowell, extends beyond social, scientific, or economic phenomena into art, music, and philosophy. Above all, he reveals how intellectuals exalt themselves by running America down and turning Americans against each other. Whether the subject is crime, economics, or other matters, intellectuals hold positions that are conspicuously different from those held by society — while presenting themselves as intellectually and morally superior to ordinary folk.


Thomas Sowell talks about this book in this interview.


Backwater: Nova Scotia’s Economic Decline

This hard-hitting but fair assessment of Nova Scotia and the Maritimes will shock and surprise many
Maritimers who have been conditioned to think that the east coast of Canada is one of the most liveable regions in the country. Author Peter Moreira, a native Maritimer who returned home after working overseas for more than a decade, offers a straightforward analysis of why the region has fallen so far behind the rest of the country in terms of most economic and social indicators. Backwater is not an attack on the place we call home, but rather a wide-ranging and timely examination of the region’s flawed policies and thinking. The book makes bold recommendations for fixing the Maritimes’ current problems, citing many leading professionals and politicians in the region, including Nova Scotia premier Darrell Dexter.

Peter Moreira has worked as a journalist in Halifax, Ottawa, Hong Kong, Seoul, and London for such news organizations as Bloomberg News, the South China Morning Post, and the Canadian Press. He is now a correspondent and editor for The Deal, a New York-based corporate finance publication. He is also the author of Hemingway on the China Front (Potomac Books 2006). Peter lives in St. Margaret’s Bay, Nova Scotia, with his wife, Carol, and children, Cat and Scott.




A book climate change believers should read

The Climategate scandal covered from beginning to end–from ‘Hide the Decline’ to the current day. Written by two authors who were on the scene–Steven Mosher and Tom Fuller–Climategate takes you behind that scene and shows what happened and why.

For those who have heard that the emails were taken out of context–we provide that context and show it is worse when context is provided.

For those who have heard that this is a tempest in a teacup–we show why it will swamp the conventional wisdom on climate change.

And for those who have heard that this scandal is just ‘boys being boys’–well, boy. It’s as seamy as what happened on Wall Street.

10 responses to “Are you reading?

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  2. I am too busy yelling to read any more…

    Caught Acadia dumping directly into the water feed to the agriculture area we allegedly draw the towns water from:

    • Yeah … we’ve largely given up yelling too. Sympathize.

    • Stephen, I understand your frustration. Most days I walk in the University Woods. I also find, from time to time, that the water in the streams turns cloudy. But this is at locations far up-hill from the Acadia Stadium. I’m not sure exactly what the material is — but it seemed to have a sewage-like odour to me. (My sense of smell is not that great — so I might be wrong.)

      Unfortunately, my wonky knee limited my ability to track down the source — but my bet is that was dumped from some septic system upstream of any Acadia University infrastructure.

      I too have wondered why the Stirling engine has never “taken off”… and I know at least 1 Acadia Prof who shares that sentiment. I take it you would be referring to a solar-powered Stirling engine? The best place to develop that sort of technology would be in Australia — where the weather conditions are more appropriate for the technology than in NS. But the technological challenges are not insignificant and require considerable intellectual effort.

      • Just the other day the stream in question was filled with something that looked like sewage, or a giant aglae bloom let loose; the comment above refers to something I tracked directly to Acadia.

        If you want to get in touch with me to tell me more about the location of the stream feel free; I would gladly explore further up and document what I find.

        Sterling Engines can use any heat source, so if placed over a large pit filled with biological waste like compost and pooh; the heat generated from that will fuel the Sterling Engine.

        Or placing it near a parabolic mirror/giant glass lens to focus the sun light onto the engine works well from what I have read.

        I am inept at electronics, my mind just doesn’t work with the language, so I have yet to build one, but there are plenty of people building them out of paint cans and lids on YouTube; proving the simplicity of the design for anyone who is an apt engineer…

        I don’t even think we need a giant one for the whole town to use, I’m sure they could be manufactured if the capital was invested so that each home/building would have their own small Sterling Engine, powered off the homes septic waste even…

        All the other alternative energy giant machines and turbines and over complicated neo-nuclear solutions are too complex and silly; monstrous and encumbered with design flaws; the solution lies in simplicity.

  3. Hey there. Would love to put a video like this one on a site I am developing, My only issue is the cursing. If you were able to beep out the swearing I would love to put it, as well as a bit of a write up on the site..

  4. Maybe that language will get some action. I doubt it.

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