'Alternative' energy and less energy

Mike Miller
Sydney Strike - Photograph Source: Marcus Coblyn – CC BY 2.0

Climate justice advocates enthusiastically report that the recent Global Climate Strike involved 7.6 million people in 6,500 events that took place in 185 countries, supported by 8,500 websites, 3,000 companies, and 73 trade unions. Behind the headlines is this fact: with the exception of Morocco, no country in the world is complying with its Paris Climate Accord commitment, and the U.S. has dropped out of the international agreement.

Kyunghee Park, Molly Schuetz and Yoolim Lee
October 10, 2019
Jonathan Watts
 Vaclav Smil: ‘People ask me if I am an optimist or a pessimist and I say neither.’ Photograph: David Lipnowski

We could halve our energy and material consumption and this would put us back around the level of the 1960s. We could cut down without losing anything important. Life wasn’t horrible in 1960s or 70s Europe. People from Copenhagen would no longer be able to fly to Singapore for a three-day visit, but so what? Not much is going to happen to their lives. People don’t realise how much slack in the system we have.

The Observer          21 September 2019

Bill Henderson

None of the parties have the ambitious policies required to really tackle the climate crisis

SEPTEMBER 13, 2019

David R Baker
Photographer: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images
 September 9, 2019
  • Generators now on drawing boards will be left uneconomical
  • Development would be a dramatic reversal of fortune for gas
Natural gas-fired power plants, which have crushed the economics of coal, are on the path to being undercut themselves by renewable power and big batteries, a study found.
Andrew Nikiforuk
‘The real unfolding drama — the collapse of a global civilization founded on a highly material culture created by cheap energy — is not a narrative we want to tell ourselves or our children.’ Image via Pixabay.
August 21, 2019

We’re clinging to fantasies while the world crumbles. And we like it that way.

Andrew Nikiforuk is an award-winning journalist who has been writing about the energy industry for two decades and is a contributing editor to The Tyee. Find his previous stories here.

Will Dubitsky
A solar project by iSolara at Maurice-Lapointe school in the Kanata area of Ottawa in August 2017. Photo by Alex Tétreault

 August 15th 2019

As of last year, close to one thousand institutions with three per cent of global savings under management have engaged in some form of divestment from fossil fuels.


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