'Alternative' energy and less energy

William E. Rees
A rational world with a good grasp of reality would have begun articulating a long-term energy and consumption wind-down strategy 20 or 30 years ago.

Yesterday I presented the first of two “Am I wrong?” queries regarding the climate crisis. If you accept my facts, I said, you will see the massive challenge we face in transforming human assumptions and ways of living on Earth.

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).

Cameron Fenton
Our Time

The history of Petro-Canada’s creation in the 1970s offers inspiration for our current political moment

After the votes were counted, Trudeau had fallen from a majority to minority parliament while trouble was brewing in Alberta.

James Glave
Building rules could be our climate salvation Photo courtesy Cascadia Windows

November 4th 2019

You’ve probably never even heard of two of Canada’s more effective provincial and city-scale climate policies—and that’s probably not a bad thing.

The BC Energy Step Code and the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Building Plan are both building regulations introduced within the past two years or so by the Province of British Columbia and the City of Vancouver, respectively.

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.

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Researchers with the PICS Transportation Futures for BC project have calculated how much electricity would be needed if only electric vehicles (cars, trucks, SUVs and buses etc) were driving on BC’s roads by the year 2055.

James Peters
Chief Joe Alphonse (l) at the grand opening ceremony (Image Credit: Tŝilhqot’in Nation)
Oct 21, 2019

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. — The Tŝilhqot’in Nation has opened the largest solar farm of its kind in the province.

According to a news release from the Tŝilhqot’in National Government, the facility lies on two hectares of land at the Riverwest Sawmill, about 80 kilometres west of Williams Lake.

The 1.25 MW solar farm consists of 3,456 modules that generate electricity to sell to BC Hydro.


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