'Alternative' energy and less energy

Auston Chhor
Who are electric vehicle rebates really helping? And what could we do to make government-subsidized climate action more equitable? Photo via Shutterstock.

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Dec. 11 2023

BC’s climate incentives are hindering true climate justice.

John Woodside
(L-R) Liberal MP Gudie Hutchings, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz speak as they arrive on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022 in Stephenville, N.L. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Jan. 10, 2023

Allegations of patronage and a cozy relationship between a billionaire and a Canadian premier are threatening to upend a multibillion-dollar green energy project.

Cloe Logan
Illustration by Ata Ojani - What’s an SMR?

"Are SMRs viable? That is the biggest question surrounding SMRs. Although the plans for these next-generation nuclear units might hypothetically work, their viability hasn’t been proven anywhere. 

Jan. 4, 2023

Canada has big climate goals and we need ambitious solutions to meet them. The federal government is banking on a new generation of nuclear technology to help us clean up power grids and reduce planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. But will it work?

The New Climate Report
The New Climate Report

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283,080 views Aug 26, 2022

It's never good to hear the words "total societal collapse" from a scholarly paper, but that's exactly the phrasing used in the new UN climate report. We all know it's bad, but what's really standing in the way of us ensuring a livable future?

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Martin Empson
degrowth venn diagram

Dec. 17, 2022

Book review: A powerful polemic against capitalism’s planetary destruction, and an engaging look at the degrowth movement

Matthias Schmelzer, Andrea Vetter and Aaron Vansintjan
A Guide to a World Beyond Capitalism

Verso, 2022

reviewed by Martin Empson

Don Pittis
An electric Canoo LV (Lifestyle Vehicle) at a factory in Livonia, Mich., last month. Quirky new designs can make EVs attractive items of conspicuous consumption for those who can afford them. (Rebecca Cook/Reuters)

Dec. 12, 2022

With their futuristic designs and new technology, electric vehicles are the seductive consumer-friendly face of the energy transition.

As first incarnated by Tesla, the EV is increasingly seen as sleeker, slicker, faster and more stylish than traditional internal combustion engine cars and trucks that burn those dirty fossil fuels blamed for disrupting weather patterns and killing off species. 

Jonathan Neale
Fight the Fire - Book Cover

Nov. 28, 2022

Ecosocialism in the age of climate change needs to stop being a niche, an abstract ideological program, and turn into a concrete, practical, non-dogmatic plan for the future.

We need to make some serious changes in the ecosocialist project.

It’s good that we have the idea of ecosocialism. Because the words stand for a basic idea that ecology and socialism go together. Linked, they are the hope of the world.


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