As every critically-aware person well knows, we are facing some pretty daunting challenges; the most pressing is clearly climate change, more urgent with each passing day as we are regularly reminded of the ravages it is wreaking around the world. Resp… . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Magical Thinking, No; Progress, Yes
Why does the Canadian government continue to subsidize the oil industry with billions of dollars a year when the environmental crisis demands the opposite, and when investment in energy efficiency, conservation and green energy create many more jobs? Why does Canada import 40% of the oil we consume when we produce enough to meet all . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Big oil, pipelines, Trudeau, and energy security for Canada
In the United States, the transition to a clean energy economy is already underway. Climate-concerned citizens are calling on candidates in next year’s federal election to show their plan to power the country with 50% clean energy by 2030. The time for a job-creating, climate-stabilizing clean energy revolution is NOW. * Go to https://nextgenclimate.org/ to . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The Time Is Now
The Globe and Mail just broke the story on what will likely be the defining component of Kathleen Wynne’s legacy: The Ontario Liberals are introducing a big cap and trade plan. Details are sparse as yet, but it looks like they will be joining the … . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario’s brave new cap and trade program
The Globe and Mail just broke the story on what will likely be the defining component of Kathleen Wynne’s legacy: The Ontario Liberals are introducing a big cap and trade plan. Details are sparse as yet, but it looks like they will be joining the Quebec/California regime. This is huge news, especially given Ontario’s relative . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: Ontario’s brave new cap and trade program
Sometime toward the end of November, the Alberta government will release their 2nd quarter fiscal update. Finance Minister Robin Campbell will likely tell us that the second quarter was another good quarter but that the good news is coming to an end and the 1st quarter projection of a $3 Billion bonus will be revised. . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan.ca: 9 ways Alberta should manage resources better
Sometime toward the end of November, the Alberta government will release their 2nd quarter fiscal update. Finance Minister Robin Campbell will likely tell us that the second quarter was another good quarter but that the good news is coming to an end and the 1st quarter projection of a $3 Billion bonus will be revised. The reason of course … Continue reading 9 WAYS ALBERTA SHOULD MANAGE RESOURCES BETTER → . . . → Read More: atypicalalbertan: 9 WAYS ALBERTA SHOULD MANAGE RESOURCES BETTER
The controversy around Ontario’s Green Energy Act has faded since the OLP won their majority. Konrad Yakabuski can whine as much (and as inaccurately) as he wants, but Ontario anti-wind activists are basically left to pound sand for the next couple of years, losing in court and before the Ontario ERT and handing lawyer Eric Gillespie . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Energy In Ontario: The State Of Play
I put this item together a while ago but I was reminded of it today while reading a report from the WMO, the World Meteorological Organization, that April will go in the books as the first month in which atmospheric CO2 topped 400 ppm throughout the northern hemisphere. Not just one nasty region here . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: A Mound Of Sound Guest Post: The Relentless Growth of CO2
Christine Penner Polle of Red Lake offers some observations that I suspect few but the most ardent ideologues would dispute:
Re: Ottawa plans cuts to climate programs, March 12
Have we Canadians fallen down the rabbit hole? We are living in a Mad Hatter world where our federal government is slashing funding to Environment . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Another Informed Star Reader
Sometimes, seemingly intractable problems can be solved through a combination of ingenuity and goodwill. This story, about a solar lamp that initially seemed out of the financial reach of African villagers, is one such example:
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A group of landowners who unsuccessfully sued a wind power developer and the farm corporation that leased it land have been ordered to pay legal costs of $107,370.78.
The 21 landowners near Collingwood sued wpd Canada Corp. and Beattie Brothers Farms for more than $17 million over the plans to develop the wind farm, arguing . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Farm Opponents Out Six Figures
An interesting decision came down this week re wind energy and property values in Ontario. Before getting to the actual contents of it, though, lets see how the thing is being spun. This piece from Farms.com is fairly typical:
An Ontario Superior Court of Justice has determined that landowners living near industrial wind turbine projects . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Wind Energy And Property Values In Ontario, Part Whatever…
By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: An annual report by International Energy Agency (IEA) says the development of low-carbon energy is progressing too slowly to limit climate change. “The drive to clean up the world’s energy system has stalled,” said aid Maria van der Hoeven, the IEA’s executive director, during the presentation of the . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Clean energy progress too slow to limit climate change, says report
* No matter how hard the fossil fools try to stuff the renewable energy genie back into the bottle (click here to read more about Kansas’s latest back-the-past bill), the green energy economy is growing. For example, in March 2013 the number of Australian homes with solar power systems passed the one million mark, according . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Next, Kansas Republicans Plan To Outlaw Sunshine
By: Canadian Auto Workers Union | Press Release PORT ELGIN, ON – A CAW owned and operated wind turbine started operating today generating clean wind energy to the electrical grid in Port Elgin, Ontario. “This is an important day as the start-up of this wind turbine marks an environmental milestone for our union […]
The . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: CAW Owned and Operated Wind Turbine Begins Operation in Port Elgin, ON
I’m on the road this week doing several climate change presentations to various Catholic organizations and churches, so I have very little time to spend on the computer. Here’s a few of the graphics I came across when I popped onto Facebook this morning – click on them to read more. I may not have . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Canadian Democracy on Decline, While Renewable Energy Surges In Other Countries
I’m shocked! shocked! And I’d forgotten she’s on the BOD of Energy Probe, which is probably where she picks up most of of anti-renewable nonsense in the first place.
While the east coast of the U.S. continues to deal with the impacts of Frankenstorm Sandy, and the global food prices rise because of a climate destabilized by our carbon pollution, and the poorest of the poor who have done the least to cause this prob… . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: The History of Climate Negotiations In 83 Seconds
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At the Clinton Global Initiative in 2008, former Vice President Al Gore called the possibility of fossil fuel corporations extracting oil shale "utter insanity."
Insanity, though, doesn't serve as a hinderance for deeply entrenched and powerful fossil fuel interests.
Oil shale, also known as kerogen, should not be confused with shale gas . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Does Red Leaf’s "EcoShale" Technology Greenwash Oil Shale Extraction?
Despite stubbornly high unemployment, tepid economic growth, and a large current account deficit, Canada enjoys one macroeconomic indicator that many crisis hit European governments would dearly love: insanely low borrowing costs on its debt. Investors inside and outside Canada recognize that Canada is a monetary safe haven and, desperate to flee the riskier . . . → Read More: Progressive Proselytizing: The perfect time for Canada to invest in itself is now
The corporate funded, Libertarian/Conservative “think tank” FreedomWorks is doing their best to convince Americans that taxpayer-funded energy subsidies and loans are a waste of our resources. Of course, that doesn’t apply to the massive giveaways to the dirty energy industry, only to the federal loan programs established to invest in cleaner, . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: FreedomWorks Fails Basic Math And Economics To Smear Renewable Energy Investments
Ever wonder why a blooming green energy industry has faced such harsh opposition? Now, as the old adage goes, "the cat's out of the bag."
The Guardian today revealed the network of fossil-funded groups coordinating the ongoing onslaught of attacks on renewable energy, particularly wind power. A memorandum passed to The Guardian from the Checks and . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: The Guardian Exposes Fossil Funded Groups Coordinating Renewable Energy Attacks
You’d swear that provincial government departments had to hit quotas of good news media releases.
Environment minister Terry French issued one on Monday that claimed that the provincial government had beaten its greenhouse gas emission targets for the province.
And for what year, you may ask?
Stop and think for a second. . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: De apples and de oranges #nlpoli
It’s time to move on. Our country, and all of us, need to move from a fossil fuel past to a renewable energy future. The mood in Britain has turned very much against the Big Six energy companies. And it’s not hard to see why. People are fed up with the unethical pricing, complex tariffs, . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: It’s Time To Move On