When the Conservatives were in charge of Canada they didn’t conserve at all, instead they rallied behind fossil fuels to power Canada’s economy. That foolish gamble contributed to a lame economy (sent the country into massive debt) and a dying planet (even sabotaging global discussions about carbon and fossil fuel. Canadians are hopeful that the […]
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There is some rising concern, and at times vitriol, about electric car drivers not paying their fair share, because they buy no gas, and therefore do not pay gas taxes, which go to maintaining roads. While this is true, it is only a sliver of th… . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The real costs of fossil fuel-powered vehicles – and the alternatives to them
Coal was a great power source at the turn of the last century because it was easy to transport and plentiful. The obvious problem is that it basically kills the planet when you burn it and that’s not going to change despite the whole ‘clean coal’ propaganda. The good news is as we enter the . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Coal Continues to Falter
The ongoing process of investment firms divesting from fossil fuels continues to be a good idea for the planet and for profits. It’s worth noting that the big push behind this was a student-led movement to get universities to divest their giant pools of money from unethical investments.
Let’s hope that this continues for many . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Fossil Fuel Divestment Continues to be Profitable
High carbon energy’s days are numbered. A report from IRENA, the International Renewable Energy Agency, predicts a 40% drop in the cost of renewable energy over the next few years. That should more than offset the recent drop in oil prices and consign the highest cost/highest carbon fossil fuels to the dustbin of history.
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Who better to give Australian prime minister Tony Abbott a real hiding but a number of prominent Tories. Real Tories, not what passes for conservative under the Harper regime. Real Tories, as in the Brits.
The attitude of Prime Minister Tony Abbott to the global challenges of climate change is “eccentric”, “baffling” and “flat earther”, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Top British Tories Slam Tony Abbott. Carol Goar Gnaws on Harper.
Born into an oil company family, Stephen Harper’s rise to petro-politics has been uninterrupted from his days in the Calgary mailroom of Imperial Oil all the way to his arrival at Sussex Drive.
Harper doesn’t like to talk about climate change and he’s even less disposed to doing anything about it. That’s hardly surprising . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Why Does Stephen Harper Hate Renewable Energy?
The Swiss banking giant, UBS, says renewable energy is the hands down winner and conventional power generation is finished.
In a briefing paper sent to clients and investors this week, the Zurich-based UBS bank argues that large-scale centralized power stations will soon become extinct because they are too big and inflexible and are “not . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: World’s Largest Private Bank, UBS, Says Fossil Energy is Toast
(that the mass media won’t tell you about) 1. The Middle East holds 60% of the world’s remaining energy reserves: therefore, the entire region is critical to control – for anyone with an empire fetish, that is. And if you’re serious about controlling the Middle Eastern oil reserves, then you must control, not just the . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: The real reasons for threats of war against Syria
10 KXL amendment co-sponsors took $8 million from fossil fuel industry By: Jacob Chamberlain and Jon Queally | Common Dreams In a 62-37 vote late Friday, the US Senate passed a non-binding amendment calling for the approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Environmental groups and climate activists were quick to condemn […]
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By: Pembina Institute | Press Release: OTTAWA — Clare Demerse, federal policy director at the Pembina Institute, made the following comments today following the release of the 2013 federal budget: “Jim Flaherty delivered his eighth budget at a time when the federal government’s track record on the environment and climate change is under heightened scrutiny, . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Federal Budget 2013 missed opportunity to invest in clean energy, says Pembina Institute
The Japanese have successfully tapped seabed methane clathrates, also known as “flammable ice.” Deposits of compressed and frozen methane are fairly common in northern waters. British Columbia has looked at exploiting them.
The gas field is about 50km away from Japan’s main island, in the Nankai Trough.
Researchers say it could provide an . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: It’s Still Fossil Fuel
(Gallup: Staggering 99 Percent of Americans See Iran’s Nuclear Program as ‘Threat’ Americans See Civilian Program as a Bigger Threat Than North Korea’s Actual Nukes by Jason Ditz, February 20, 2013) ”A grim new poll from Gallup shows an overwhelming majority of Americans, indeed 99 percent of them, believe that Iran’s civilian nuclear program […]
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Greenpeace has come up with a roster of planned oil, gas and coal projects that it calls “carbon bombs.”
Prepared by the consultancy firm EcoFys, the study lists 14-major projects that will increase global greenhouse gas emissions by a civilization-wrecking 20%. That’s where the “point of no return” part comes in.
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We get all sorts of stuff out of the ground and it’s all lethal, every BTU of it. Some of it, for example natural gas, is less lethal. Some of it, heavy crude and coal, is especially lethal. But, still, burn enough of any … . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Whether You Excavate It or Pump It or Frack It Out of the Ground, It’s All Fossil Fuel
You may have heard about the waves of wildfires sweeping across Colorado for the past several weeks that continue to rage with no end in sight. Welcome to the new era, the era of Global Warming.
“‘What we’re seeing is a window into what global warming really looks like,” said Princeton University’s Michael Oppenheimer, . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: If It Looks Like a Duck and Quacks Like a Duck, It’s Probably Global Warming
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The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), as covered previously by DeSmogBlog, is the "Trojan Horse" behind mandating that climate change denial ("skepticism," or "balance," in its words) be taught in K-12 classrooms.
Well, ALEC is at it again, it appears. Facing an IRS complaint filed by Common Cause, one of the leading advocacy . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: ALEC Launches Assault on Renewable Energy Industry
The Transition movement has produced a movie about growing community and hope in these difficult times: In Transition 2.0 is the new film from Transition Network, capturing inspiring stories of Transition initiatives around the world, responding to uncertain times with creativity, solutions and ‘engaged optimism’. * More links: In Transition Movie 2.0 Transition Network.org
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