'Alternative' energy and less energy

16/10/16
Author: 
Fred Magdoff
It is my contention that we are not facing the root cause of our problems, and until we do, there is no hope of solving the social and ecological problems confronting the world....the primary problem is the inner moving force of capitalism—its Achilles heel regarding the environment—the unending accumulation of capital, which means perpetual “creative destruction.”
 
14/10/16
Author: 
Roger Annis

Author and environmentalist Naomi Klein published a feature article in the Globe and Mail‘s edition of Saturday, Sept 24 in which she defends against its detractors the Leap Manifesto issued in Canada in April 2016. Her unique argument in this essay explains that Canada’s “founding economic myth” has been that of the ‘good’ created by the vast pillaging of the country’s natural resources following the arrival of settlers from Europe.

10/10/16
Author: 
Konrad Yakabuski

Oct 10, 2016 - Canada’s hydropower producers cheered in June when the leaders of Canada, the United States and Mexico committed their countries to raising the portion of continental electricity generated by clean-energy sources to 50 per cent by 2025, from the current 37-per-cent level.

29/09/16
Author: 
George Monbiot
 The industrial landscape across the Dee estuary. Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

It’s a simple choice: stop all fossil fuel prospecting, or break the Paris agreement on climate change.

published in the Guardian 28th Sepetmeber 2016

Do they understand what they have signed? Plainly they do not. Governments like ours, now ratifying the Paris agreement on climate change, haven’t the faintest idea what it means. Either that, or they have no intention of honouring it.

22/09/16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

First Nations and Tribes Sign New Treaty Joining Forces To Stop All Tar Sands Pipelines

Signatories commit to also pushing for a sustainable economy based on renewable energy

18/09/16
Author: 
Mathew Carr
offshore wind park
  • Drop in renewables cost seen cutting need for emission permits
  • Dong sees further reductions as scale of projects increases
In shallow waters off the Dutch coast, you’ll soon see why the world’s biggest carbon market is struggling with slumping prices.
17/09/16
Author: 
Dan Healing

Sept 16, 2016 - Solar power projects that could jolt Alberta's electricity grid with the addition of hundreds of megawatts of renewable power are being lined up in anticipation of incentives from the provincial NDP government.

According to the Alberta Electric System Operator, 21 proposed solar projects generating a total of 681 MW — about 60 times the existing provincial solar capacity — have been registered on its system access service request list as of Sept. 1.

10/09/16
Author: 
Nick Eagland

Sept 7, 2016 - A First Nation in the Nicola Valley has installed B.C.’s largest community-owned solar panel system.

The Lower Nicola Indian Band near Merritt, home to 1,200 members of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, last month installed 330 panels of photovoltaic solar panels to generate up to 85.8 kilowatts of electricity.

Chief Aaron Sam said the system, launched Friday, is designed to help power the community’s school and feed electricity back into the local grid.

“It’s great that it’s come to fruition,” Sam said. “We’re very excited.”

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