Energy

12/11/19
Author: 
William E. Rees
A smile in the face of reality. UBC ecological economist William E. Rees, co-creator of the ecological footprint concept, has some bad news for techno-optimists. Photo on Salt Spring Island provided by W. Rees.

Nov. 11, 2019

To see our fate clearly, we must face these hard facts about energy, growth and governance. Part one of two.

No one wants to be the downer at the party, and some would say that I am an unreformed pessimist. But consider this — pessimism and optimism are mere states of mind that may or may not be anchored in reality. I would prefer to be labeled a realist, someone who sees things as they are, who has a healthy respect for good data and solid analysis (or at least credible theory).

10/11/19
Author: 
Lee Fang
The Pacific Gas & Electric logo on a truck seen through raindrops on a window on Jan. 15, 2019, in San Francisco. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
November 4 2019
 
THE DECISION BY Pacific Gas & Electric to declare bankruptcy in January did not prevent the utility giant from continuing to spend big on political influence in California’s Statehouse.
02/11/19
Author: 
Will Dubitsky
 
NDP must push minority Parliament to accelerate transition to a green economy

The federal election results suggest that the first priority of the NDP must be electoral reform to bring to an end the politics of fear and the strategic vote, which favours the Liberals and Conservatives alike.

16/10/19
Author: 
ABC7 News reporters Amy Hollyfield, Amanda Del Castillo, Lisa Amin Gulezian, Lauara Anthony, Luz Pena, Melanie Woodrow, and Lelsie Brinkley contributed to this report.
NuStar energy facility fire in Crockett, Calif - https://abc7news.com

Oct. 16, 2019

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12/09/19
Author: 
Gene McGuckin
Climate Change Action Canada - Photo credit: Justin Tang/Canadian Press

September 12, 2019

While many Canadians are looking to the October 21st federal election for solutions to global climate disruption, the climate plans from the four major parties offer none.

Any genuine solution will require reining in an economic system that demands eternal growth in a finite ecosystem, mitigating or adapting to multiplying environmental and social disasters, and drastically reducing consumption. Deadline: yesterday!

11/09/19
Author: 
Stephen Buranyi
The air conditioning trap

The warmer it gets, the more we use air conditioning. The more we use air conditioning, the warmer it gets. Is there any way out of this trap? 

Aug. 29, 2019

11/09/19
Author: 
Stephen Buranyi
air conditioned world

The warmer it gets, the more we use air conditioning. The more we use air conditioning, the warmer it gets. Is there any way out of this trap? 

Aug. 29, 2019

10/09/19
Author: 
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.

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