Energy

23/03/16
Author: 
A. J. Turner, D. J. Jacob, J. Benmergui, S. C. Wofsy, J. D. Maasakkers, A. Butz, O. Hasekamp, S. C. Biraud

[Webpage editor's note: This scientific paper has great significance for the plans in BC to create a large fracking/LNG industry. The implication that the increase in methane emissions in the US may be partly due to oil and gas development is another reason to reject claims that BC LNG would reduce world-wide emissions by replacing coal in Asia.]

23/03/16
Author: 
Bill McKibben

Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong.

Global warming is, in the end, not about the noisy political battles here on the planet’s surface. It actually happens in constant, silent interactions in the atmosphere, where the molecular structure of certain gases traps heat that would otherwise radiate back out to space. If you get the chemistry wrong, it doesn’t matter how many landmark climate agreements you sign or how many speeches you give. And it appears the United States may have gotten the chemistry wrong. Really wrong.

12/03/16
Author: 
Geoffrey Morgan
Photo: Larry Wong/Edmonton Journal/Postmedia News

CALGARY – Imperial Oil Ltd. has revealed plans for a new $2-billion oilsands plant at a time its competitors have cancelled or deferred new projects to survive the oil price collapse.

Imperial, one of the largest oil and gas companies in Canada, announced Friday it had filed an application with the Alberta Energy Regulator to build a 50,000 barrel per day oilsands facility, which would extract oil using a new technique the company says would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 per cent compared with existing projects.

11/03/16
Author: 
Anna Fahey

[Finds less acceptance in Canada than US that climate change is anthropogenic]

 

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11/03/16
Author: 
Vlad Gutman

Seattle - King County has a long record of leading the way on clean public transit. In the mid-2000s, Metro Transit began the process of converting its largely diesel fleet to a hybrid electric one that reduced fuel usage by a third and saves the county millions every year. At the time, the agency was one of the first in the world to take this step, and it almost single-handedly created a new industry in cleaner public transit.

11/03/16
Author: 
RICHARD BLACKWELL

Ontario has chosen the companies that will build the next round of renewable energy projects in the province, in a competitive-bidding process that will see wind and solar power generated at much lower prices than in the past.

Eleven companies will be offered 16 contracts to build five new wind projects, seven solar projects and four hydroelectric projects, for a total of 455 megawatts of new power capacity, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) said Thursday.

07/03/16
Author: 
Shelley Falk Ouellette

FORT ST.  JOHN, B.C.—I continually see news stories concerning the multi-billion-dollar Site C dam project in northeastern British Columbia. There is growing opposition to this project.

But while our numbers grow every day, we go unheard. Our emails to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna are ignored. Site C dam is touted as clean energy, but that is completely untrue. Hydro electric dams and their reservoirs pollute the atmosphere, the rivers, the surrounding land, and they poison fish and wildlife. The Site C dam will be no different.

05/03/16
Author: 
Mary Anne Hitt

On Wednesday, the Oregon state legislature passed a bill that is one of most significant actions ever taken in the United States on climate change and clean energy.

Category: 
05/03/16

[Webpage editor's note: This 10 minute movie identifies the flaws of cap and trade in a clear, popular fashion.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pA6FSy6EKrM&feature=player_embedded 

 

 

05/03/16
Author: 
David Suzuki

[Webpage editor note: In addition to the point below that cap and trade has not realy reduced emissions, this policy also functions to distract from other measures that are needed to unambiguously reduce carbon extraction and use. See this popular analysis of cap and trade: http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-cap-and-trade/  ]

 

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