Stories by Mitchell Anderson
Social media divided America, with catastrophic consequences. Now reality itself needs defending.
Powerful interests have worked hard — and won much — promoting misinformation and ignorance.
Chinese capital flight to places like Vancouver creates risk of disaster for hundreds of millions of labourers.
Opportunity lies with myriad 'orphan wells' left by drillers.
Given the trajectory of affordability in this city, what do concerned residents have to lose?
As companies are forced to slash value of reserves, industry faces a grim new future.
The GOP wrecking ball may one day be seen a purifying force.
Forget natural gas, forests or mines -- housing is BC's big asset.
Fastest way to transition Canada to a green economy? Quit the giveaways.
Why lower global prices for crude mean more of it stays in the ground.
We’re far from perfect. But on better days, we punch bigotry in the face.
Only a public inquiry can clean the wound left by the CRA under Harper.
Stoking vengeance is the business case of terrorism. Know its roots, and our allies.
Canada's young prince promises 'real change.' I can't help but be wary.
Oil is cheaper by half. So why don't feds try and deliver savings to drivers?
New site helps send money to candidates poised to oust Conservatives.
Scorching effects of rising temperatures add to chaos in the Middle East, scientists say.
Wait, what's the return on all that pricey urban land area devoted to cars?
Once patient zero in a nation-wide contagion, the province shows resistance.
Voters want to know: where did all our money go?
Yet right-wing pundits reject comparisons between sensible Norway and the economic disaster of Alberta.
After this week's mess, does anyone still think bitumen tankers pose no risk to our coast?
Ordinary Albertans shoulder burden of 'fiscal fiasco.'
Amped-up talk frustrates Mubin Shaikh, an ex-CSIS operative on the front lines of fighting extremism.
Sounds crazy, but analysis by financial think tank Carbon Tracker shows how it works.
Now stuck with a crude hangover, it could've been like wise and sober Norway.
One in 10 chance of Burrard Inlet disaster, riskier than Northern Gateway, says letter to NEB.
It's unclear what enforcing the Burnaby Mountain injunction costs, but we found clues.
First Nation shows it now intends to drive decision-making in its traditional territory.
The Ottawa shooter hardly fits the mould of sleeper cell terrorist.
Why else would he sign such a crappy deal?
Why our era of resource giveaways may be over.
Again he ignores huge lessons from the world's shrewdest petro-state.
Think tanker scorns IMF, World Bank economists (and my Tyee piece).
In such giveaways we're a world leader, a fact rarely noted when federal budgets are debated.
We collected less than one-fifth the tax and royalty benefits Norway did in 2012. Ouch.
Simply compare how her UK squandered its oil wealth compared to Norway.
With key Harperites so tied to US conservative institutions, who's in control of our vast natural wealth?
Now we're the Great Weird North, where citizens are to be spied on and not heard.
Norway cut a proper deal with oil corporations. Canadians got screwed.
Ten reasons for Torontonians against Ford Nation to unite now and take back their city.
The mayor's gift for dumbing down democracy isn't limited to Toronto suburbs.
As planned, we were getting very bored with democracy. The prime minister woke us up.
Agrium's import of phosphate from occupied Western Sahara raises serious legal, ethical questions.
Ultra-efficient homes can drastically cut carbon emissions, and utility bills.
Simple test could weed out candidates incapable of acting in public interest.
Province's citizens deserve more return, planet deserves a chance.
Mayor's latest outrageous behavior may be catalyst city needs to open de-amalgamation debate.
Canada's elite lack guts dealing with oil giants. First Nations might embolden all of us.
Oil riches wasted discredit the 'Calgary School.' But a proven path to prosperity exists.
Top execs devoid of consciences cost insurers big money. Tests could weed them out.
But we can win says economist Robyn Allan. Last in a series on Norway's petro-policies and lessons here.
Spooked by '80s recession, it sped up extraction of crude worth way more today. Eighth in a series.
Don't try to tell Norwegians not to worry about Dutch Disease. Pizzas cost $50. Latest in a series.
Rather than demonize enviros, the state invites their input. Sixth in a series.
A top petro engineer for wealthy Norway says Canada is 'a fantastic country' that's 'totally mismanaged by design.' Fifth in a series.
By owning a large stake in the business, Norway has more control over safety and the bottom line. Fourth in a series.
Forty years ago petro giants called Norwegians' demands crazy. They paid off handsomely. Third in a series.
How history and geography shaped the world's most shrewd petro-state. Second in a series.
How did Norwegians get so petro-smart? The Tyee sent Mitchell Anderson there to find out. First of his reports.
Diluted bitumen creates toxic cloud public would be forced to flee, as occurred in Kalamazoo.
Concessions to Big Oil keep causing deficits. Yet Wildrose promises deeper petro-captivity.
Poisoned air. Sunken gunk. A clean-up nightmare. What we're learning from the oil sands 'DilBit' dump into the Kalamazoo River.
As currencies across the globe corrode, it's time to peg wealth to something real.
Shark-like, they rise fast but risk killing the world economy, concludes a business professor.
Way ahead of Occupiers, US founding leaders raged against powerful, corrupting financiers.
Profit-hungry bankers, weapons makers pushed EU member over brink.
His greed driven agenda to misinform the US public has led to political meltdown and debt disaster.
Tankers in Vancouver harbour to steeply increase. Second pipeline to Kitimat could eclipse proposed Enbridge project.
Big name zealots locked in a symbiosis of hatred. Are we finally moving on?
Change flow of money to parties and you control Parliament. Harper's plan for locking in a permanent Conservative advantage.
PM's favourite province squandered its petro profits like a 'banana republic.' Is this any way to run an economy?
New website, not affiliated with any party, identifies races where political donations pack most punch against Conservatives.
What could Canada achieve then? Here's the jaw-dropping answer.
We're a world leader at creating it -- just about everywhere except in our own country.
Extractors gobble natural gas, deducting the cost from their taxes. That already huge public subsidy, hidden from view, is due to balloon.
Despite earlier denial, Transport Canada apparently OK with two-man crews at treacherous Second Narrows.
Contrary to industry reassurances, Vancouver faces increasing risks of oil spill.
Tug crew guild member stands by claim that risky staffing does occur in Vancouver's port.
Dangerous 'loophole' lets tugs with half normal crew escort oil-laden ships in Vancouver port, says maritime guild official.
Alberta's premier made citizens buy a heavy-breathing Washington Post ad pushing dirty energy. Embarrassing.
China craves oil sands fuel. Ottawa wants to diversify its US market. So huge amounts of crude will have to pass through a risky Second Narrows.
Flow of tar sands crude to Burrard Inlet rising, and will more than double: Kinder Morgan.
Tories rewriting safety regs with no input from their own expert panel, says member.
Oil corporations downplay risk, then duck responsibility. Maybe this catastrophe will finally sink in.
And the column's author responds to Environment Canada's defence of its practices.
Canada is becoming a global joke as our world-class experts are prohibited from speaking.
That's one looming disaster scenario as Greece, crushed by debt from hosting the 2004 Games, threatens to topple international lenders.
But DSCOVR remains grounded. That fact is key to interpreting the so-called 'climategate' emails.
Lord Monckton's bizarre climate change denials enthrall the Fraser Institute crowd, and ripple out.
As economy crumbles, US Chamber of Commerce will 'put climate science on trial'.
Americans are marching on their capital today. Canadians, have a donut.
Canada home to global warming's new ground zero.
The world has changed. War can't do what it used to.
Perfect time to change way we elect politicians.
His targets are bold, but aim seems wobbly.
PM weakly revived some programs he cancelled. But what about that dirty deal with Bush?
Quiet deal with oil industry locked in failure.
Four alarming enviro policy shifts in the Tory platform.
Let's hope the 'Montreal Action Plan' isn't too late.
Now it's the PM's turn.
STV was a dud, but we need more women in government.
The Citizens Assembly is mulling a new rural/urban political apartheid, a new voting scheme that virtually guarantees right wing governments in B.C.
Pain at the pumps reflects the true cost of gas, from car wrecks to smog to the Iraq war. Ready for alternatives?
Our early warning system for scandals fails because sounding alarms is too risky. Let's change that.