Fossil Fuels Are A Threat To National Security: A Debate With Former CSIS Analyst Phil Gurski

Last month, in a letter to the Hill Times, I responded to an op-ed by Phil Gurski, a former senior strategic analyst with Canada’s spy agency (CSIS), in which Mr. Gurski raised the spectre of potential violence by environmental activists. After the Hill Times published my letter, Mr. Gurski kindly invited me onto his weekly program to debate national security, the threat posed by the fossil fuels industry and terrorism.

In our debate, which Mr. Gurski published today, I argued (starting at 8:58 of the podcast) that one of the greatest threats to Canada’s national security is in fact the fossil fuels industry and that, far from being a threat to national security, those who resist the fossil fuels industry are acting in the national interest.

I also argued that the legislation governing CSIS is broad enough to authorize CSIS to treat the fossil fuels industry as a national security threat, but that the government appointees who manage CSIS have a pro-fossil fuels bias – just like the Liberal and Conservative politicians who appointed them.

Finally, I argued (starting at 25:50 of the podcast) that Western governments and intelligence agencies are ignoring the true causes of terrorism, that there is no military solution to terrorism and that the true solution to terrorism is political in nature.

You can listen to our debate here:

Is Canada’s ‘Left’ Marching To The Beat of America’s Imperial Drum?

For the Real News Network, I speak to Canadian author and activist Yves Engler about his new book, “Left, Right: Marching to the Beat of Imperial Canada.”

As Yves explains, the leadership of the NDP and other establishment figures of Canada’s ‘left’ have a lengthy history of vigorous support for Western imperialism.

A case in point is the NDP leadership’s attitude toward Israel and Russia: the NDP’s foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdiere has called on the Canadian government to impose harsher sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea, but at the NDP’s most recent convention, Ms. Laverdiere was opposed to holding a debate on a resolution calling for modest sanctions on Israel, which has annexed the Golan Heights and East Jerusalem in flagrant violation of international law.

The first part of my two-part discussion with Yves can be seen here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/is-canadas-left-marching-to-the-beat-of-americas-imperial-drum-1-2?fbclid=IwAR0AbNdjzt_ZBB-rjBxEU1V6_n6RTBsfukLKHjfCWuQjgfGN9mImQx8Yxp4

 

Arms Races Increase Atomic Arsenals, Raising the Risk of Nuclear Winter

For the Real News, I speak to Professor Alan Robock, a climate scientist who specializes in the climactic effects of nuclear weapons.

As Professor Robock explains, nuclear blasts produce massive fires, and the smoke from those fires blocks sunlight and can thereby precipitate a “nuclear winter” that would have catastrophic effects on agriculture and cause mass starvation.

Professor Robock’s view is that even a limited nuclear war has a high potential to precipitate a nuclear winter, yet his interactions with the Pentagon lead him to believe that Pentagon planners are utterly ignorant of the potential for a nuclear conflict to precipitate mass starvation.

As he states, “I have no evidence that anybody in the Pentagon knows anything about nuclear winter. I’ve never seen them state that this is a concern of theirs. I went to a meeting last year and talked to some military people, and they said, ‘Look, we understand the effects of blast from nuclear weapons, we understand the effects of radio activity, but we don’t understand the effect of fires, and so in our current planning, we just ignore them.’”

My discussion with Professor Robock can be seen and heard here:

https://therealnews.com/stories/arms-races-increase-atomic-arsenals-raising-the-risk-of-nuclear-winter

‘Poison Papers’: US and Canadian Regulators Colluded with Manufacturers of Highly Toxic Substances

In late 2017, the Center for Media and Democracy and Dr. Jonathan Latham published a trove of documents known as “the poison papers.”

The poison papers are a compilation of over 20,000 documents obtained from federal agencies and chemical manufacturers via open records requests and public interest litigation. They reveal that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Canada’s Health Protection branch colluded with industry to conceal the risks of products containing dioxins.Dioxins are arguably the most toxic substances ever discovered.

For the Real News, I speak to Dr. Latham about the appalling complicity of U.S. and Canadian regulators in the dioxin cover-up.

My interview of Dr. Latham can be seen here:

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