'Alternative' energy and less energy

Will Dubitsky
renewable energy image -In 2021, renewables investments, for the first time in history, will be greater than investments in the oil and gas sectors combined.  Photo credit: shutterstock

September 11th 2020

Global developments suggest a Canadian migration to a green economy is critical to competitiveness. However, if one tries to find Canadian clean tech manufacturing/innovation companies listed on a stock market, one will likely come up with nearly zero, while the number of Canadian-based oil and gas firms offering stocks is seemingly infinite.


Canada has got its priorities wrong.

Emily Pontecorvo
Green New Deal gathering in New York - Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Oct 22, 2020

Back in 2006, when George W. Bush was president and the Paris Agreement was still a decade away, the city of Tucson, Arizona, made a modest plan to do something about climate change. It set a goal to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels, and gave itself a generous 14 years to do it.

Joel Millward-Hopkin, Julia K.Steinberger, Narasimha D. Rao,, Yanick Oswald

....Although technological progress and individual-level change are essential parts of a solution to ecological breakdown, incrementalist propositions along the lines of green growth and green consumerism are inadequate....


Ian Dunlop, David Spratt, also published by Climate Code Red

October 14, 2020

What must climate and energy policy really achieve? It’s time for a …Climate Reality Check 2020

First posted at Pearls and Irritations

The Australian Government is dangerously out-of-touch as climate change accelerates and a cascade of tipping points risks unstoppable global warming.

Primary author Mitchell Beer
oil refinery - skeeze / Pixabay

OCTOBER 9, 2020

A top communications and government relations firm led by long-time Conservative Party strategist Jaime Watt developed a confidential plan to undercut support for the federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) by convincing Canadians that “fighting climate change is a losing battle,” according to leaked documents released this week by Greenpeace Canada.

Patrick DeRochie & Adam Scott
Recent analyses of CPP’s investments in oil, gas and coal raise red flags about the fund’s alignment with Canada’s climate commitments and mandate to invest in the best interests of Canadians. Photo by Shift Action for Pension Wealth and Planet Health

Last month, Mark Machin, CEO of the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), wrote that climate change is the crisis beyond COVID-19 that we can’t afford to ignore, stating that “the full effects will depend on the actions we take now and in the future.”

We strongly agree.

Shish Kabob Seger
hemp batteries

JULY 10, 2020

Could industrial hemp be part of the future of battery powered vehicles? Fresh research into the efficacy of hemp batteries says yes. 

WayOfLeaf Staff

 3 Jan, 2020

Hemp is a wonder crop. It’s an amazingly versatile plant that can be used for a wide range of purposes. Scientists are starting to discover more and more uses for hemp, with recent studies suggesting that hemp batteries may be more powerful than lithium.

Joël-Denis Bellavance, La Presse

September 17, 2020

Fall of World Demand and the Price of Oil

OTTAWA – In the face of the historic worldwide fall in demand for oil and the price drop of black gold, the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) is more financially perilous than ever for Canadian taxpayers


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