'Alternative' energy and less energy

15/04/16

[Four articles on the reaction to the Leap Manifesto, first from Rabble]

 

Rather than fearing the Leap Manifesto, let's bring on the debate

 

By Linda McQuaig, Rabble, April 15, 2016

 

That silly Leap Manifesto -- giving itself away right in the subtitle, which calls for "a Canada based on caring for the Earth and one another." No wonder it provoked fury and outrage.

13/04/16
Author: 
Thomas Walkom

It may scare some New Democrats, but this sketchy recipe for fighting climate change is not particularly left-wing.

The short document, available on-line, can arouse fierce passions.

Alberta NDP Premier Rachel Notley has called its centrepiece recommendations naive and ill-informed.

Writing in the Star, former party official Robin Sears has dismissed it as the product of “loony leapers.”

11/04/16
Author: 
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

China is the low-carbon superpower and will be the ultimate enforcer of the COP21 climate deal in Paris.

Chinese scientists have published two alarming reports in a matter of weeks. Both conclude that the Himalayan glaciers and the Tibetan permafrost are succumbing to catastrophic climate change, threatening the water systems of the Yellow River, the Yangtze and the Mekong.

11/04/16
Author: 
Martin Lukacs

The story has an air of inevitability. A rise in online communication has led to a inexorable decline of mail. Our local post offices, squeezed by the digital era, will soon be quaint outposts of a bygone era. What’s left to do but end door-to-door mail delivery, lay off postal workers, and hand over what remains to private companies?

11/04/16
Author: 
Tom Randall

[Webpage: Note that this artticle refers to new investment.]

 

Wind and solar have grown seemingly unstoppable.

While two years of crashing prices for oil, natural gas, and coal triggered dramatic downsizing in those industries, renewables have been thriving. Clean energy investment broke new records in 2015 and is now seeing twice as much global funding as fossil fuels.

10/04/16
Author: 
Mike Hudema

Dear Premier Notley,

I support your government on a lot of things.

I was there the day it was sworn in, when thousands of people filled the legislative grounds. I was there when the first cabinet with full gender parity in Alberta’s history was sworn in. I cheered when - after years of an unfair tax system creating unequal burdens – the government raised corporate taxes. I cheered again when your government helped get the money out of politics.

31/03/16
Author: 
Daniel León Rodríguez
The solar industry says Alberta can generate $5 billion in investments and 70,000 jobs. Image from Go Solar.

Joel Nodelman said it wasn't easy finding information about solar energy in the 1990s.

Nodelman, an environmental engineer, said he had been assigned to develop a solar energy pilot project for an Edmonton utility company where he worked.

He started by looking in the Yellow Pages.

“We knew nothing about solar installations at the time,” said Nodelman, today a climate change consultant.

26/03/16
Author: 
Clayton Aldern

Today, you’ll see some headlines touting last year’s record investment in renewables. A new report from the Frankfurt School–UNEP Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance shows investment in clean energy grew to $286 billion globally in 2015 — a new world record! — up 5 percent from the previous year. Here’s what the global trend in renewable investment looks like since 2004:

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