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Eclectic Lip: Wiki-immortality!

My August Canadian EV car sales stats update went up recently. Which was cool.

Cooler still, I had a chance to wax poetic about sustainability, and my new-found optimism that we’ll avoid the worst of our dystopian horrors. I was invited to be a guest lecturer for an engineering course at UBC (APSC 150) . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Wiki-immortality!

Eclectic Lip: Electron democracy

A long-belated companion to Steven Chu’s “Time to fix the wiring” essay I posted earlier, this is the white paper I co-authored for the same McKinsey & Company series. Given the roughly five-month delay in uploading this, I suppose “Time to post the writing” might be an apt subtitle… 🙂

Ever the stickler for citing . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Electron democracy

Eclectic Lip: Steven Chu’s “Time to Fix the Wiring” at four years

Former US Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s recent resignation — his farewell letter is here — is no doubt celebrated in the fuel cell quarters as passionately (or more so) than it is mourned in the rest of cleantech. Early in his term, Chu infamously argued (infamously, at least, to fuel cell enthusiasts) that fuel cell . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Steven Chu’s “Time to Fix the Wiring” at four years

Eclectic Lip: Our Renewable Future part 1: clearing “myth”conceptions

With Obama talking the talk on climate action in his State of the Union address yesterday, now seems a good time to start compiling a planned set of blog entries about renewable energy. Many many others have done so online already (as evidenced by the fact I’m linking to them!) but I’d like to communicate . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Our Renewable Future part 1: clearing “myth”conceptions

Eclectic Lip: Alberta oil selling at 50% discount to world price…

…which explains why the Canadian government is Hell-and-High-Water-bent on building a pipeline, any pipeline, anywhere.

First, the stats

Over the past few months, new stories have noted that Canada’s oil sector isn’t getting full price for its heavy oil — in large part because American pipelines are well-supplied with newly-flowing tight oil (“shale oil”) from . . . → Read More: Eclectic Lip: Alberta oil selling at 50% discount to world price…

Impolitical: Dear Health Canada – part II

From a long time friend of the blog who has written to Health Canada in the wake of news of their study on wind turbines, this letter below. He advises he has “absolutely no financial or corporate involvement in any wind project. My interest social, economic and environmental.”

These are the kind of concerns I’m . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Dear Health Canada – part II

Impolitical: Dear Health Canada

News yesterday that Health Canada has decided to do some research: “Health Canada to probe possible health effects of wind turbines.” This study is going to be very carefully watched.

Early indications from its rollout are not good on the impartiality front, what with Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre immediately using the announcement to wield it . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Dear Health Canada

DeSmogBlog: The Guardian Exposes Fossil Funded Groups Coordinating Renewable Energy Attacks

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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

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Quebec adds 300 MW of wind #nlpoli

Enbridge will invest $330 million for a 50% stake in a 300 megawatt wind farm 400 kilometres northeast of Quebec City. The Lac Alfred project will consist of 150 2MW REpower turbines with locally-manufactured blades, turbines and converters. Constr… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Quebec adds 300 MW of wind #nlpoli

John Laforet - President - Wind Concerns Ontario: “Wind Concerns Ontario’s Winds of Change Tour Launched in Owen Sound”

Wind Concerns Ontario has successfully launched the latest province-wide organizing effort of 2011, this time with a strong election focus. Over the next forty or so days, Wind Concerns Ontario members in sixty seven ridings will be mobilized to actively work to defeat Liberal incumbents, and candidates in their respective ridings. I look forward to […] . . . → Read More: John Laforet – President – Wind Concerns Ontario: “Wind Concerns Ontario’s Winds of Change Tour Launched in Owen Sound”

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strangling energy innovation

The Telegram editorialists are finally putting it all together, at least when it comes to the provincial government’s energy company, the Muskrat Falls project and taxpayers: It looks a lot like the province would prefer all its eggs in one baske… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Strangling energy innovation