Barry Saxifrage
Columnist Barry Saxifrage takes us on a chart-filled tour of where we are in our climate-required energy transition.

Nov. 25, 2021

Three of humanity's greatest crises are caused by fossil fuel pollution: climate chaos, ocean acidification and the deadly smog choking cities worldwide.

Dan Gearino
Workers install photovoltaic panels on the roof of a fish processing plant on Nov. 16, 2021 in Zhoushan, Zhejiang Province of China. Credit: Yao Feng/VCG via Getty Images

Interesting back-and-forth in this article about energy-transition predictions. Aside from that, though, it still seems overly optimistic ("hyperdrive?") from the viewpoints of still-growing fossil fuel use and of limitations on raw materials for various kinds of green alternatives. 

        - Gene McGuckin

Nov. 25, 2021

Marieke Walsh
A report by Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development Jerry DeMarco said that while the county’s emissions growth is slower than its economic growth, Canada’s emissions have increased since the 2015 Paris Agreement was signed 'making it the worst performing of all G7 nations.' J.P. MOCZULSKI/THE CANADIAN PRESS

Nov. 25, 2021

Canada has had the worst record among the G7 countries for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases since 2015, the year the Liberals took office, the federal environment commissioner says.

Commissioner Jerry DeMarco released a report on Thursday in which he also said that policies such as buying an oil pipeline and a pandemic relief plan for the oil and gas industry run counter to the government’s climate goals.

Andrew Nikiforuk
We have entered a new era requiring new rules. Floodwaters in Abbotsford, Nov. 20, 2021. Photo by Dale Klippenstein, Canadian Armed Forces.

Nov. 25, 2021

“Push a complex system too far, and it will not come back.” — Joe Norman, founder and chief scientist at Applied Complexity Science

Last week, Mother Nature taught British Columbia another ugly lesson about the consequences of blah, blah, blah on climate change, unchecked energy use and globalization.

But denial is our society’s most politically powerful drug after fentanyl and Netflix.

Animated Stats
Nov 2, 2021
Moving graphs of different nations' annual statistics on carbon production, solar energy, and wind energy - Gene McGuckin
A lot of energy history in a few minutes: 
but….a bright idea…SOLAR
Alice Friedemann,
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October 28, 2021

Preface.  Several papers are summarized below. The most important is by Sekera and Lichtenberger (2020). This is the most complete, up-to-date review of where carbon capture stands today. They show that the two most popular carbon dioxide removal methods likely to be funded, with taxpayer money, generate more CO2 than they capture. No private investor would spend a penny on this.

Ross Belot
Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet included green equalization in his party's platform. And under that scenario, Alberta would pay and Quebec would receive, writes Ross Belot. File photo by Andrew Meade

October 28th 2021

Equalization payment policy always produces an energized discussion in Canada, particularly between Quebec and Alberta. During a recent election, a province’s quasi-referendum on changing the concept of equalization was supported by a substantial 41 per cent. Not the one held in Alberta this month, I’m talking about Quebec.


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