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Cowichan Conversations: BC NDP Has Just A Short time To Recalibrate And Drop Their Pro Fracking — Pro LNG Positioning

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Listen to former BC NDP Premier Mike Harcourt speak common sense on the Site C Dam and the need to diversify and focus on alternative energy options.

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Things Are Good: Scotland Generated Enough Renewable Energy to Power Itself

This past weekend Scotland generated enough electricity from wind turbines to meet all its power demands. A day of strong winds and low demand combined to make this the first time Scotland has achieved this renewable milestone. For a compression, in 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s electricity from renewable sources, and today Germany gets […]

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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030?

Read this, and think of Energy East pipeline Brad Wall is pushing hard for. Most of the globe’s coal, natural gas and oil investments will ultimately be affected by the transition, Seba suggest, at risk of becoming “stranded assets” — resources that lose their value before the expected end of their economic life. “They are going […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canada 100% Renewable Electricity by 2030?

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada Falling Behind in Renewable Energy Because It’s Never The Time For Wall

Wall said. “Our principle here … is that we do no further harm to an economy that already has its hands full.” Canada is dropping behind its major trading partners in renewable energy investment, according to a study from a clean energy advocacy group. Merran Smith of Clean Energy Canada suggests government-set targets and goals […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canada Falling Behind in Renewable Energy Because It’s Never The Time For Wall

Things Are Good: Solar and Wind Continue to Succeed, Coal Keeps Failing

Coal continues its downward trend to obsolescence thanks to the rise of installed solar and wind capacity. In many places around the world coal is more expensive than renewable energy and as a result it has driven costs down elsewhere.

The future is clearly one that won’t use coal as an energy resource. We . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Solar and Wind Continue to Succeed, Coal Keeps Failing

Things Are Good: Using Giant Floating Turbines in the Future

Last year we looked at a company testing floating wind turbines in Alaska and how they want to use these turbines in remote locations. The testing seems to be going well and other companies have taken note. The amount of potential energy high in the atmosphere is massive and these floating turbines are well suited . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Using Giant Floating Turbines in the Future

OpenMedia.ca: Globe and Mail: More power to the Big Three, less choice to Canadians

The new Rogers/Mobilicity deal will mean less choice and therefore higher prices.

Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail

While Mobilicity has finally found a buyer – selling to Rogers Communications Inc. for $465-million after more than two years in legal and financial limbo – Wind Mobile Corp. will also . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Globe and Mail: More power to the Big Three, less choice to Canadians

OpenMedia.ca: The Globe and Mail: Wind Mobile brings cell service to Toronto subways

Great news for subway commuters users in Toronto, and yet another reason to escape the high prices and rampant abuse of the Big Three as new options become viable for CanadiansWe hope that other providers will follow Wind’s lead, and that the CRTC and Industry Canada will take bold steps to improve . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The Globe and Mail: Wind Mobile brings cell service to Toronto subways

Things Are Good: Community-Owned Green Businesses Seeing Great Growth

Community-Owned sustainable energy companies aren’t new, but they are successful! One of the reasons Germany’s push to a sustainable energy grid has worked is that local community own and operate solar farms, wind farm, and so on. Now that citizen-empowering model is

According to a new report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), there . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Community-Owned Green Businesses Seeing Great Growth

Things Are Good: Visualizing Energy Generated from Wind

Renewable energy debates can suffer obfuscation through abstraction and disingenuous allegations like renewable is limited in it’s generation times. For example, wind power is often argued to be useless because we cannot control the wind. We can’t control it, but we can predict it.

To demonstrate the effectiveness of wind power in the UK a . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Visualizing Energy Generated from Wind

Things Are Good: Floating Wind Turbine in Alaska

In Alaska they are trying something rather cool – a wind turbine that floats in the air. The turbine will be tethered to the ground and will be a test run of this new technology. if successful, the turbine can be used to power remote communities and be used in disaster response.

The helium-filled . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Floating Wind Turbine in Alaska

Cowichan Conversations: Politics, Hockey, Fall Sitting at the BC Legislature and Local Elections-Game on!

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We are moving into autumn, our glorious climate change driven summer is wrapping up even though our confused tomato plants refuse to stop providing even more ripe tomatoes.

Last night our beloved Vancouver Canucks warmed our hockey deprived souls with a win in the season opener against the Calgary Flames . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Politics, Hockey, Fall Sitting at the BC Legislature and Local Elections-Game on!

Things Are Good: Marine Life Drawn to Offshore Wind Farms

Renewable and sustainable energy is pretty great on its own. Now there’s one more reason to support using wind as a energy source because when the wind turbines are placed offshore marine wildlife moves in. The world’s oceans are suffering from overfishing and other human caused carnage so providing marine animals with shelter is something . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Marine Life Drawn to Offshore Wind Farms

cartoon life: There’s something in the wind

There are a few previous posts which were automated with IFTTT from the iPad. There isn’t quite enough precision or interaction with those. I can’t set a new title, and the shortcode to set the size, other than the default original huge size can be set only in the caption field in IFTTT for . . . → Read More: cartoon life: There’s something in the wind

Cowichan Conversations: Climate Change is Here Now

Richard Hughes-Political as hell!

Climate change is happening and has been happening for some considerable time. The Climate Deniers have gone to great lengths attempting to convince us that it is not true.

In spite of their efforts it is now a part of our consciousness and although we know that irrefutable evidence . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Climate Change is Here Now

Things Are Good: Build Your Own Wind Turbine

Off the gird living just got a little easier thanks to inventor Daniel Connell who has put instructions on how to build a wind turbine for $30 online. It’s not the most efficient and powerful generator out there but anybody with basic knowledge of drills can build it.

Creating something that can . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Build Your Own Wind Turbine

Things Are Good: Inflatable Wind Turbines For Remote Areas

This wind turbine which is designed to float in the air at a high altitude is meant to provide a small amount of power. The idea behind it is to bring sustainable power to remote areas or places where conventional wind turbines can’t be built.

The BAT uses a helium-filled, inflatable shell to lift . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Inflatable Wind Turbines For Remote Areas

Things Are Good: Wind Becomes Largest Source of Energy in Spain

Spain makes use of a plethora of energy sources and they are leaders in Europe when it comes to utilizing solar and wind energy. Energy policy is always under debate in the country and hopefully they will continue their overall trend of helping sustainable energy develop.

Wind accounted for 20.9 percent of the country’s energy . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Wind Becomes Largest Source of Energy in Spain

Things Are Good: China’s Wind Turbine Industry Booming

For years China has been trying to improve its sustainable energy production but to do so Chinese companies had to rely on patents and techniques from the rest of the world. Due to an increase in demand (and production knowledge) China is now poised to make the best, most efficient, and easiest to maintain wind . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: China’s Wind Turbine Industry Booming

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Strong winds, big waves, and the interconnectedness of life

When the waves are high, from my backyard I can hear the lake, which is just a few hundred feet away. It sounds like a great, strong wind, or a freight train in the distance – or a tornado. The strange thing is, the sound of the waves does not always coincide with the . . . → Read More: Writings of J. Todd Ring: Strong winds, big waves, and the interconnectedness of life

Things Are Good: German Coal and Gas Power Plants Closing Due to Cheap Renewable Energy

Germany has been so effective in tranisitioning from unsustianble (econmically and environemntally) energy sources to renewable ones that it is uncompetitive to burn fossil fuels for power!

“Due to the continuing boom in solar energy, many power stations throughout the sector and across Europe are no longer profitable to operate,” RWE said in a statement.

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Things Are Good: Global Solar and Wind Energy Production Continues to Grow

The sustainable energy market consistently needs to prove its worth despite the obvious benefits, whats worse is that the industry as a whole is up against the subsidized fossil fuel industry. Despite the artificially lowered fossil fuel prices sustainable energy solutions continue to prove their economic worth.

Global solar and wind energy capacities continued . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Global Solar and Wind Energy Production Continues to Grow

Things Are Good: Mongolia Builds Their First Wind Farm

Mongolia is entering the sustainable energy market and the country aims to export renewable energy to its neighbours. It’s great to see countries that are not as well-off as others build the needed infrastructure for a sustainable future.

Mongolia is so windy and has such harsh winters, in fact, that the turbines at Salkhit . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Mongolia Builds Their First Wind Farm

cartoon life: Cat on a wire

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Things Are Good: 2012 Was a Record Breaking Year for US Wind Industry

2012 was a very successful year for the young wind-power energy industry in the United States. Throughout last year over 6,700 were installed around the country with the industry benefiting overall from new investments into the sector.

Let’s hope this is a sign of the future of what;s to come in sustainable energy in the . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: 2012 Was a Record Breaking Year for US Wind Industry