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The Common Sense Canadian: Electric Vehicles are set to take off…so why is Trudeau still pushing pipelines?

Tesla Model 3 at March 2016 unveiling (Steve Jurvetson/Flickr)

In my previous March 2016 article “Pipelines to Nowhere“, I made the point that the proposed Canadian pipelines are about increasing the international supply of petroleum when all the signs are that demand fossil fuels are levelling off over the longer term.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Trudeau abandons green election promises, lacks real climate plan

Many of the Justin Trudeau’s green election promises are quickly falling by the wayside, with pipelines moving forward, unsolved regulatory problems, cuts to clean tech funding, and a lack of vision for addressing climate change and building a green economy.

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The Common Sense Canadian: 90% of world’s new electricity coming from renewables: Welcome to the end of the fossil fuel era

90% the world’s new electricity now comes from renewables. China is shuttering 1,000 coal plants and global emissions are on the decline. The end is nigh for the fossil fuel era…so why hasn’t Canada gotten the memo?

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The Common Sense Canadian: The NDP’s only shot at winning in BC: Embrace the NEW ECONOMY

The NDP has one slim chance of winning the next BC election: Embracing the “New Economy” – creating healthy, sustainable jobs vs. the Liberals’ old, bankrupt ideas of LNG and big dams.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Pipelines to Nowhere: Energy East, Kinder Morgan make no sense amid global green energy boom, tanking oil market

With the longterm decline of fossil fuel markets, Canada should abandon old-economy pipeline projects like Energy East and Kinder Morgan and focus on the booming green economy, argues Will Dubitsky.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Battery breakthroughs jump start renewable energy

Major advances in batteries and other storage technologies are jump-starting renewable energy – making it competitive with fossil fuels and closer to being able to replace them.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Wind power cost plummets to all-time low as capacity grows

Read this Aug. 10 story Ars Technica story by John Timmer on the continuing drop in the cost of wind power, as nine US states now generate more than 10% of their electricity from wind.

After years of uninterrupted success, wind power experienced a bit of a pause around the start of this decade. . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Wind power cost plummets to all-time low as capacity grows

The Common Sense Canadian: Exxon disses paltry clean tech subsidies while oil industry takes Trillions from taxpayers

Digital composite by AZRainman (Flickr CC licence)

A recent article quoting executives from Exxon is an incredible example of the misinformation, half-truths and contempt for solutions to climate change that we continue to see from the oil and gas industry.

In response to a question about subsidies for renewables, Theodore Pirog and Robert . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Exxon disses paltry clean tech subsidies while oil industry takes Trillions from taxpayers

The Common Sense Canadian: How Alberta NDP can get r done with green energy…seriously

Alberta Prermier Rachel Notley (Alberta NDP/facebook)

In her speech on election night, Rachel Notley spoke of her ambition to diversify the economy of Alberta – including the energy sector – and partner with the energy industry and federal government for a national strategy on the environment. Is all this possible? The answer is . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: How Alberta NDP can get r done with green energy…seriously

The Common Sense Canadian: China’s emissions drop, global cleanteach boom are cause for optimism on climate change

Chinese solar company Suntech at the Bird’s Nest stadium

Despite Canada’s total lack of leadership in the green economy, a number of key global developments are grounds for optimism heading into the Paris UN conference on climate change.

Global emissions plateau in 2014

In a pleasant surprise for the planet at large, according . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: China’s emissions drop, global cleanteach boom are cause for optimism on climate change

The Common Sense Canadian: Fossil fuel era drawing to a close…except in Canada

Adrian Wyld/CP

The following is the sequel to an earlier story by Will Dubitsky on the growing green economy and Canada’s failure to take advantage of it.

In the first part of this story, I discussed how Canadian and Quebec leaders are largely ignoring the potential of high job creation, high growth green . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Fossil fuel era drawing to a close…except in Canada

The Common Sense Canadian: Transition away from fossil fuels needs to take care of workers

Gas workers in BC’s Horn River Basin (Photo: Damien Gillis)

By Karen Cooling, Marc Lee and Shannon Daub

The steady stream of bad news from Alberta’s oilpatch is a potent reminder of the boom-and-bust nature of being a resource-commodity exporter. It’s a story deeply understood in resource communities, as decisions . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Transition away from fossil fuels needs to take care of workers

The Common Sense Canadian: Canada, Quebec’s political leaders blind to clean tech revolution

Part 1 of a 2-part story from innovation expert Will Dubitsky on Canada’s missed opportunity to build a prosperous green economy.

The ardent defenders of our resource economy are in no way limited to the climate skeptics who support TransCanada’s Energy East project, the Keystone XL pipeline and the tripling of Kinder Morgan’s pipeline . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Canada, Quebec’s political leaders blind to clean tech revolution

The Common Sense Canadian: Suzuki: Wind power has come a long way – Wildlife impacts improving, health issues minimal

There’s no free ride when it comes to generating energy. Even the cleanest sources have environmental consequences. Materials for all power-generating facilities have to be obtained and transported, and infrastructure must be built, maintained and eventually decommissioned. Wind turbines take up space and can harm wildlife. Hydro floods agricultural land and alters water cycles.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Clean-tech is good for the economy and environment

Photo: Associated Press/ Ed Andrieski

What’s the fastest-growing sector in Canada’s economy? Given what you hear from politicians and the media, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s the resource industry, especially extraction and export of fossil fuels like oil sands bitumen and liquefied natural gas. But we’re no longer just “hewers of wood . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Clean-tech is good for the economy and environment

The Common Sense Canadian: BC sitting on enough geothermal to power whole province: New maps

Steam rising from the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station in Iceland (Photo: Gretar Ívarsson / Wikipedia)

By Erin Flegg – republished with permission from desmog.ca

At a time when B.C.’s politicians are considering flooding the Peace Valley for the Site C hydroelectric dam, a new project by the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: BC sitting on enough geothermal to power whole province: New maps

The Common Sense Canadian: China’s war on coal means lots more renewable energy…and fracking

Shale gas is a big component of China’s future energy plans

China has declared war on coal and coal consumption is down as a result. But this coal war offers some good news, some not so good news for Canada, and some bad news, all at the same time.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Nearly 100% of US car sales could be electric in 15 yrs – the challenge is powering them with clean electricity

An electric smart car in Amsterdam – from the popular car sharing service, Car2go (Wikimedia Commons)

There are those who suggest that a migration to a green economy is too expensive, that we must convert to natural gas as a transition fuel, that the subsidies for clean technologies are driving up the cost . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Nearly 100% of US car sales could be electric in 15 yrs – the challenge is powering them with clean electricity

The Common Sense Canadian: Canada’s green cities take lead on climate change

Vancouver is Canada’s climate leader (photo: Wendy / flickr)

Amid the dire warnings about global warming’s impacts, what’s often overlooked is that actions to reduce or prevent them will lead to livable communities, improved air quality, protection of natural spaces and greater economic efficiency, to name just a few benefits. So it’s not . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Canada’s green cities take lead on climate change

The Common Sense Canadian: Over half Germany’s energy now comes from solar power

Read this June 19 story from Popular Mechanics on Germany’s steady march toward a renewable energy future. The Common Sense Canadian has been documenting Germany’s green energy success story over the past several years.

Continuing its unrelenting march toward a renewable-powered future, Germany now can produce more than half of its energy from solar. . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Over half Germany’s energy now comes from solar power

The Common Sense Canadian: Elon Musk buys solar company to build large-scale panel factories

SolarCity Chairman founder Elon Musk

By Jonathan Fahey, The Associated Press

NEW YORK – The energy world is not keeping up with Elon Musk, so he’s trying to take matters into his own hands.

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Elon Musk buys solar company to build large-scale panel factories

The Common Sense Canadian: Obama gets tough on coal plant emissions with 30% reduction goal

President Obama visits Copper Mountain solar plant (Photo: Sempra U.S. Gas & Power)

By Dina Cappiello, The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday rolled out a plan to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 per cent by 2030, setting the first national limits on the chief . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Obama gets tough on coal plant emissions with 30% reduction goal

The Common Sense Canadian: 6 reasons why renewable energy is no joke

Photo: Associated Press/ Ed Andrieski

Listen to the rebuttals against opponents of oil pipelines, coal, and fracking and a familiar refrain emerges – it goes something like this:

It’s hypocritical to attack fossil fuels, because we all depend on them and will continue to do so well into the future.

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The Common Sense Canadian: Phoenix rising: Largest solar power array set to energize 230,000 homes

The Agua Caliente solar power array, near Phoenix, Arizona

Read this May 9 syory from Scientific American on the world’s largest solar power array, in Arizona, which is about to go online near Phoenix, Arizona.

Global climate change is here, and it’s only going to get worse, according to a White House report . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Phoenix rising: Largest solar power array set to energize 230,000 homes

The Common Sense Canadian: Green jobs see huge growth globally: Why is Canada missing out?

There are those like Stephen Harper who repeatedly say we must choose between economic development and sustainable development.

And there are those who, concerned about the environment and the latest reports from the International Panel on Climate Change, suggest that economic development and sustainable development should be reconciled. Countries such as Germany are often . . . → Read More: The Common Sense Canadian: Green jobs see huge growth globally: Why is Canada missing out?