'Alternative' energy and less energy

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.

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.

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.

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:

Don Fitz

Green illusions: The dirty secrets of clean energy and the future of environmentalism,
by Ozzie Zehner
Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2012
437 pages, $29.95 ISBN-978-0-8032-3775-9 (paper)

Review by Don Fitz


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