'Alternative' energy and less energy

Joshua Frank
Image by Vladyslav Cherkasenko.

Costs, dangers, comparisons with renewables, the weapons connection, experiences in France and elsewhere--this is a very comprehensive, albeit brief examination the the nuclear power option.

              -- Gene McGuckin

Sept. 9, 2022

Natasha Bulowski
Parkland Corporation wants to build a facility in Burnaby, B.C., to turn canola oil into renewable diesel. Photo by Bernard Spragg / Flickr (CC BY 1.0)

"A big concern in climate circles is that the ripple effect of converting food crops to fuel makes it hard to calculate the true greenhouse gas emissions of biofuels. Increased demand for food crops for fuel can cause deforestation in other parts of the world, which, in turn, creates more emissions, John Reilly, former co-director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, told Canada’s National Observer." 

Rob Miller
Renewable energy power storage is successfully being added to the North American grid to keep the lights on, computers running and the electric vehicles charging. Photo by Pixabay/Pexels

Aug. 29, 2022

The federal government is developing Clean Energy Regulations (CER) to help move the electrical grid to net-zero emissions. The regulations, among other measures, will encourage adding more renewable energy to the grid, which will eventually replace coal and natural gas electricity generation in Canada.

John Woodside
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz examine a hydrogen powered toy car as they tour a trade show, Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Aug. 25, 2022

An alliance formed this week between the governments of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz revealed a major point of disagreement that could determine the future of hydrogen in the global economy.

Gray Maddrey, originally published by Uneven Earth

Without class struggle the emancipatory potential of degrowth will fail to be realized. A revolutionary pedagogy can help to unify them.

John Woodside
Jonathan WIlkinson speaks at an event at the United Nations' COP26 climate conference on Nov. 6, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo by Karwai Tang via COP26 / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Aug. 4, 2022

Canada was quietly trying to muscle in on Europe’s gas market months before Russia’s invasion of Ukraine pushed the continent’s energy security to mainstream attention, documents obtained by Canada’s National Observer reveal.


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