'Alternative' energy and less energy

Nelson Bennett
Surrey's District Energy Network uses pipes like these to carry hot water to buildings. Submitted

Mar. 8, 2021

Every day, vast amounts of heat generated from industry, data centres and hockey rinks is just wasted.

When the source of waste heat is close enough, it can be tapped and piped into a building or a district energy system.

Clearly, it’s not feasible to run pipes from a cement plant in East Richmond, an oil refinery in Burnaby or a big data centre in Kelowna all the way to a district energy system in Vancouver or Surrey.

But what if it could be stored and transported by truck?

Snehal Shingavi

Capitalist competition and greed lie at the heart of the power outages causing desperation across the state.

Barry Saxifrage
Earth 2003 image

February 4th 2021

Humanity is hurtling towards a full-blown climate crisis. To avoid that dystopian future, all the world's countries joined together five years ago and signed the Paris Agreement.

Gerson Freitas Jr, Rachel Adams-Heard, and Ellen Gilmer

Maybe, taking a lesson from what this article reveals about the U.S., we need to increase the rattling of the cage about Canadian provincial and regional rights to decide whether unsafe megaprojects are allowed to proceed or, at least, have more ability to regulate them (to death?).  Gene MGuckin

January 20, 2021

Eric Doherty
Aerial view of a biofuel crop harvested in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii, on March 5, 2018. Photo by Forest and Kim Starr/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 3.0 US)

January 5th 2021

On Dec. 16, the B.C. government released the CleanBC 2020 Climate Change Accountability Report, which revealed that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transportation, the single biggest source in B.C., have risen by 23 per cent since 2007, and six per cent in 2018 alone.

Burgess Langshaw-Power
small modular reactors - U.S. Department of Energy

Jan. 4, 2021

For many kids who grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, Star Trek was a big part of our childhoods. The series is filled with strange new worlds, futurist politics, and advanced technology that is almost indistinguishable from magic. Yet even as a child I knew the show was a work of science fiction. Warp speed, transporters, and phasers were all gadgets I could comprehend, but in my rational mind I knew they would never exist within my lifetime.

The Energy Mix
Installing solar panels - Peteonline22/Wikimedia Commons

JANUARY 4, 2021

A Minnesota regional planning agency is turning to the power of the sun to help improve a desperately tight housing market for low-income renters in the Twin Cities.

Harry Holmes

Andreas Malm’s How to Blow Up a Pipeline gives a balanced assessment of the conditions which make sabotage, vandalism, and other forms of strategic direct action necessary in a warming world. This review was first published by Bright Green.


Jeff Lewis
TODD KOROL / REUTERS Suncor Energy president and CEO Mark Little speaks at the TD Securities Calgary Energy Conference in Calgary, July 9, 2019.


Alberta's bitumen can be used to produce carbon fibre for electric vehicles, Little points out.

TORONTO (Reuters) ― The shift to electric vehicles and other low-carbon technologies could disrupt crude oil demand on a similar scale to the coronavirus pandemic, Suncor Energy Inc.’s chief executive said on Monday.


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