'Alternative' energy and less energy

Michael Mazengarb

Nov. 27, 2020

The Tasmania government has declared that it has become the first Australian state, and one of just a handful of jurisdictions worldwide, to be powered entirely by renewable electricity.

In a statement released on Friday, Tasmanian energy minister Guy Barnett said that state had effectively become entirely self-sufficient for supplies of renewable electricity, supplied by the state’s wind and hydroelectricity projects.

Marc Lee and Seth Klein
Will Canada say Yes to a Clean Energy Economy? arindambanerjee / Shutterstock 4

Resource development has long been central to BC’s economy. But commodity prices swing, industries consolidate and patterns of demand change over time. When they do, resource industry workers are often left holding the bag.

David Climenhaga
Sunset over an oilfield (Photo: Arne Hückelheim, Creative Commons).

Dec. 17, 2020

Word about solid-state batteries out of Toyota City last week created a buzz in the automotive press and got some headlines on social media, but I doubt very many people out here in Wild Rose Country paid much attention. 

They probably should’ve.

The Energy Mix
Geothermal well - Rjglewis/Wikimedia Commons

Dec. 2, 2020

In a global first, a Saskatoon-based geothermal company has successfully drilled and fracked a 90-degree horizontal well, delivering enough heat to supply electricity to 3,000 homes. And it did so thanks to the expertise of over 100 oilfield technicians—a switch that is offering hope to many such workers facing unemployment as fossil fortunes tank.

Leigh Matthews
Renewable energy sources, like solar, are key parts of Canada's net-zero strategy, but this push is unsustainable without regulations governing hazardous e-waste, resource extraction and recycling. Photo iSolara Solar Power

November 27th 2020

Giant solar farms have been widely heralded as great news for green energy in Canada. But is solar energy really sustainable? In the clamour to promote solar panels, there has been a conspicuous silence about the environmental costs of production and what happens to all those panels at end of life.

Will Dubitsky
renewable energy image -In 2021, renewables investments, for the first time in history, will be greater than investments in the oil and gas sectors combined.  Photo credit: shutterstock

September 11th 2020

Global developments suggest a Canadian migration to a green economy is critical to competitiveness. However, if one tries to find Canadian clean tech manufacturing/innovation companies listed on a stock market, one will likely come up with nearly zero, while the number of Canadian-based oil and gas firms offering stocks is seemingly infinite.


Canada has got its priorities wrong.

Emily Pontecorvo
Green New Deal gathering in New York - Drew Angerer / Getty Images

Oct 22, 2020

Back in 2006, when George W. Bush was president and the Paris Agreement was still a decade away, the city of Tucson, Arizona, made a modest plan to do something about climate change. It set a goal to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions 7 percent below 1990 levels, and gave itself a generous 14 years to do it.

Joel Millward-Hopkin, Julia K.Steinberger, Narasimha D. Rao,, Yanick Oswald

....Although technological progress and individual-level change are essential parts of a solution to ecological breakdown, incrementalist propositions along the lines of green growth and green consumerism are inadequate....


Ian Dunlop, David Spratt, also published by Climate Code Red

October 14, 2020

What must climate and energy policy really achieve? It’s time for a …Climate Reality Check 2020

First posted at Pearls and Irritations

The Australian Government is dangerously out-of-touch as climate change accelerates and a cascade of tipping points risks unstoppable global warming.

Primary author Mitchell Beer
oil refinery - skeeze / Pixabay

OCTOBER 9, 2020

A top communications and government relations firm led by long-time Conservative Party strategist Jaime Watt developed a confidential plan to undercut support for the federal Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) by convincing Canadians that “fighting climate change is a losing battle,” according to leaked documents released this week by Greenpeace Canada.


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