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POLICY BRIEF No. 21 - India’s election confirms The rebalancing of the world POLICY BRIEF No. 21 - India’s election confirms The rebalancing of the world

India’s first majority government in three decades will accelerate the rebalancing of the world, as the economic impetus swings toward the equilibrium of the 17th century when India and China were, by far, the most powerful economies in the world, says Satya Brata Das

POLICY BRIEF No. 20 - Alberta Rapid Transit Launches Green Future POLICY BRIEF No. 20 - Alberta Rapid Transit Launches Green Future

Launching mass rapid transit all across Alberta would be a bold way to demonstrate Alberta’s leadership in adapting to climate change and evolving a low-carbon future, Satya Brata Das writes in the fourth of four policy briefs on using our resource wealth for the benefit of our planet

POLICY BRIEF No.19 - Mandela’s life offers hope To cope with climate change POLICY BRIEF No.19 - Mandela’s life offers hope To cope with climate change

Nelson Mandela’s life and example should inspire us in convening the alliances and resources we need to cope with catastrophic climate change, Satya Brata Das writes in the third of four policy briefs on using our resource wealth for the benefit of our planet

POLICY BRIEF No.18 - New alliances, new revenues to cope with climate change POLICY BRIEF No.18 - New alliances, new revenues to cope with climate change

Can the world get its act together to manage the worst consequences of climate change? So far, the answer is “not really.” Rather than a global agreement, like the symbolic but toothless Kyoto Protocol, we might be better off in looking for practical measures, among collections of like-minded nations. With prime Minister Stephen Harper abandoning meaningful action on climate change, Alberta’s best option might lie in convening action within the Commonwealth, Satya Brata Das suggests in the second in a series of four policy briefs on coping with the climate crisis.

POLICY BRIEF No.17 - Fossil fuels, climate and us: coping with a perilous future POLICY BRIEF No.17 - Fossil fuels, climate and us: coping with a perilous future

Climate change cannot be stopped. Even if all carbon fuels were banned today, the effects of what has already been consumed will alter the biosphere for centuries. As the world’s oil addiction grows, what can we do to mitigate the worst effects of climate change? In the first of a series of four policy briefs, Satya Brata Das launches a conversation on how Albertans can join with like minded societies to address our common challenge.

POLICY BRIEF No.16 - Ralph Klein, 1942-2013 POLICY BRIEF No.16 - Ralph Klein, 1942-2013

Premier Ralph Klein was a singular politician who was far more deliberate in his choices than friends and foes describe.

As Alberta prepares its formal goodbye to the late Premier, here's a remembrance.

POLICY BRIEF No.15 - Blame for Alberta’s Deficit? Have a Look in the Mirror POLICY BRIEF No.15 - Blame for Alberta’s Deficit? Have a Look in the Mirror

Do Albertans really feel entitled to the best of everything, without reckoning we need to fund the cost of all the societal benefits we receive? Until citizens are ready to pay for our needs and wants out of our earnings, we shouldn’t blame politicians for selling off the resources that are our children’s birthright in order to indulge our lifestyle, writes Satya Brata Das.

March 8, 2013

POLICY BRIEF No.14 - In an age of upheaval, Alberta’s time to shine POLICY BRIEF No.14 - In an age of upheaval, Alberta’s time to shine

The discontent in most of the world's large countries invites a remaking of our societies. Nelson Mandela calls for a new political culture based on human rights, and our mutual responsibility for one another's well being. We Albertans can deliver that change, by moving from charity to dignity as the foundation of our province's social policy.

May 31, 2012

POLICY BRIEF NO.13 - Is Alberta's wealth harmful to Canada? POLICY BRIEF NO.13 - Is Alberta's wealth harmful to Canada?

Other Canadians pay for health care, education and other big-ticket items with progressive income taxes. Albertans rely on resource revenue. This singular policy may threaten Confederation unless we find creative ways to demonstrate Alberta’s benefit to the country, argues Satya Brata Das.

May 2, 2012

POLICY BRIEF No.12 - How will Alberta balance oil sands and environment? POLICY BRIEF No.12 - How will Alberta balance oil sands and environment?

Our oil sands are criticallyimportant in a world addicted to oil, Satya Brata Das writes in the last of our policy briefs leading to the April 23 Alberta election. Yet we also have a duty of care to the planet, as it adapts to climate change. How will we balance those two realities?

April 18, 2012

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