'Alternative' energy and less energy

Andrew Nikiforuk
‘Canada faces daunting challenges in meeting its net-zero commitments,’ writes David Hughes. ‘These are not insurmountable but must be clearly understood and faced head-on.’ Photo by Adrian Wyld, the Canadian Press.

Feb. 8, 2024

A leading energy analyst crunches and questions the numbers that national goals are built upon.

Canada’s road to net zero by 2050 will be bumpy, winding and “daunting.”

Primary Author: Compiled by Mitchell Beer
Houses - Hilde Melby/wikimedia commons

Feb. 9, 2024

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has signed up more than 100,000 households in six months for an electricity demand management program that is now Canada’s biggest virtual power plant, and North America’s fastest-growing.

Cloe Logan
An LNG tanker. Photo by Lens Envy via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED)

Jan. 7, 2024

Recent energy figures from Europe further weaken Canada’s justification for developing LNG to export it abroad, says a new report.


Trevor Hancock
In the U.K., Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, left, has pledged to “max out” the U.K.’s oil and gas reserves. IAN FORSYTH, POOL PHOTO VIA AP

Feb. 4, 2024

In the U.S., the Biden administration approved nearly 10,000 oil and gas drilling permits on public lands in its first three years, while Donald Trump is moronically pledging to “drill baby, drill”

Last week, I documented the massive impact of the fossil-fuel industry on people and the planet, an impact the industry generally ignores or downplays in its rush to make money and maintain its power, earning it the title of “the new tobacco.”

John Woodside
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland responds to a question during a news conference in Ottawa on Jan. 29, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feb. 2, 2024

A pair of new analyses from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) finds the federal government intends to provide over $11 billion to companies investing in carbon capture and hydrogen technologies.

Brian Melley
Environmental activist Greta Thunberg arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Feb. 1, 2024

LONDON (AP) — Climate activist Greta Thunberg spoke defiantly about her mission outside court Thursday on the first day of her trial for refusing to leave a protest that blocked the entrance to a major oil and gas industry conference in London last year.

Daria Shapovalova
Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain  - Norway Coast

Jan. 31,2024

Norway's district court in Oslo recently made a decision on fossil fuels that deserves the attention of every person concerned about climate change.

This ruling, which compels energy firms to account for the industry's entire carbon footprint, could change the way oil and gas licenses are awarded in Norway—and inspire similar legal challenges to fossil fuel production in other countries.

Marc Lopatin
HSBC building

Feb. 1, 2024

Last month, global bank HSBC was accused of duping the public for helping to raise £37 billion for companies investing in new oil and gas fields. It shines an urgent light on why meaningful climate action remains largely illusionary.

Kohei Saito

Essay by Kohei Saito, [This introdution by] A Socialist In Canada, Jan 19, 2024  (This essay by the Japanese scholar, researcher and author Kohei Saito was first published in Unherd on January 9, 2024. Saito has just published a new book: Slow Down: The degrowth manifesto (W&N, Orion Publishing Group).


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