'Alternative' energy and less energy

08/01/22
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Primary Author: Mia Rabson @mrabson
Sass Peress, Renewz Sustainable Solution Inc./Wikimedia Commons

Jan. 6, 2022

An industry group representing three of Canada’s biggest automakers has warned that public electric vehicle charging capacity is nowhere near what’s needed to drive up sales of electric cars, just days before two of the three companies unveiled plans to boost production.

08/01/22
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John Woodside
Ottawa’s clean fuel standard is being designed to help curb transportation sector emissions, but critics say the existing draft text will lock in years of fossil fuel use. Photo via Erik Mclean / Pexels

Jan. 7, 2022

Ottawa’s incoming clean fuel standard is being designed to help curb transportation sector emissions, but critics say the existing draft text waters down climate targets and will lock in years of fossil fuel use.

The standard has been in development since 2016 and is scheduled to take effect by the end of the year, aiming to cut about 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Ottawa wants the regulation finalized by spring to give time for companies to prepare.

23/12/21
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Robin Scher, Independent Media Institute

Dec 15, 2021

Power drain: The web burns about as much electricity as the aviation industry. (Photo credit: Pacific Disaster Center/Flickr)

Power drain: The web burns about as much electricity as the aviation industry. (Photo credit: Pacific Disaster Center/Flickr)

08/12/21
Author: 
Mack DeGeurin
plane taking off - Photo: David McNew (Getty Images)

Dec. 2, 2021

It's a notable milestone, yes. But decarbonizing air travel has a loooooong way to go, and sustainable fuel isn't all it's cracked up to be just yet.

United Airlines made aviation history this week, completing a flight between Chicago and Washington DC, using a slightly less environmentally disastrous fuel source—or, as they would prefer you call it, “sustainable aviation fuel” or SAF in aviationspeak.

03/12/21
Author: 
David Hughes

(Nov 25, 2021) -  LNG exports will doom B.C.’s emissions reduction goals

30/11/21
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Yves Engler
Author Yves Engler argues that the federal government's decision to buy F-35 fighter jets will exacerbate the climate crisis. MASTER SGT. DONALD R. ALLEN/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Nov. 29, 2021

The Trudeau government’s plan to buy 88 new fighter jets and 15 combat vessels will do little to protect Canadians from this country’s most serious threats. And some people are angry enough to take the streets to send this message to Ottawa. Two dozen rallies were held across the country last week to oppose a fighter jet purchase that will exacerbate an existential menace.

29/11/21
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Barry Saxifrage
Columnist Barry Saxifrage takes us on a chart-filled tour of where we are in our climate-required energy transition.

Nov. 25, 2021

Three of humanity's greatest crises are caused by fossil fuel pollution: climate chaos, ocean acidification and the deadly smog choking cities worldwide.

29/11/21
Author: 
Dan Gearino
Workers install photovoltaic panels on the roof of a fish processing plant on Nov. 16, 2021 in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province of China. Credit: Yao Feng/VCG via Getty Images

Interesting back-and-forth in this article about energy-transition predictions. Aside from that, though, it still seems overly optimistic ("hyperdrive?") from the viewpoints of still-growing fossil fuel use and of limitations on raw materials for various kinds of green alternatives. 

        - Gene McGuckin

Nov. 25, 2021

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