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IPCC, meet Johannes Kepler: like you, he faced dogma, peer pressure, and criticism. Here’s how he responded

April 16, 2014
IPCC, meet Johannes Kepler: like you, he faced dogma, peer pressure, and criticism. Here’s how he responded

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) earlier this week published the contribution of another Working Group to its Assessment Report 5. This WG, WG3 to be precise, reviewed literature on the “scientific, technological, environmental, economic and social aspects of mitigation of climate change.” While it professes to offer no recommendation on exactly how mankind…

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Quebec anti-nukes go down in flames: EXCELLENT news for the environment

April 7, 2014
Quebec anti-nukes go down in flames: EXCELLENT news for the environment

Yesterday I wrote about why I am sanguine about mankind’s prospects of reducing emissions of man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) on the scale necessary to curb anthropogenic climate change. There is a solution, an obvious and easy one; that solution is nuclear energy. I know it…

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Don’t be depressed over the latest IPCC report, just learn the lesson: we CAN live well and prosper, cleanly

April 7, 2014
Don’t be depressed over the latest IPCC report, just learn the lesson: we CAN live well and prosper, cleanly

The IPCC at the end of March issued another report warning of the serious consequences of untrammeled dumping of man-made carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere. Read the report, and it’s hard not to come away under a pall of numbed helplessness. For example, the…

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Electrifying transportation: easy policy, local politics

March 26, 2014
Electrifying transportation: easy policy, local politics

Like politics, all environmentalism is local. It’s the actions you take as you go about your day that determine the balance in your own personal carbon account with Mother Earth.…

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Earth Hour schlock: how a dumb idea jumped across the world’s biggest ocean

March 24, 2014
Earth Hour schlock: how a dumb idea jumped across the world’s biggest ocean

The silly, vapid, and vacuous pop culture fad called Earth Hour began in Sydney Australia in 2007. Its lead promoter is the WWF; that’s the organization currently running those confusing…

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Russian gas vs. European electricity: will the Third Electrification win the sanctions war?

March 17, 2014

“The first human who hurled an insult instead of a stone was the founder of civilization.” So, according to many, said Sigmund Freud. Let’s hope that the hurling of insults…

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Fighting carbon with electricity: bringing the Third Electrification to Ontario

March 14, 2014

Ontario electricity-related greenhouse gases are at their lowest point in our modern history. This is because most of the electricity fed into our grid comes from zero-carbon sources, the biggest…

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Clean technology: since the 1960s, a vital bedrock Ontario—and Canadian—industry

March 10, 2014

A Toronto Star piece this morning on “clean tech” jobs jumped out at me when a colleague sent it. The subtitle reads “Clean technology industry, undercut by Dalton McGuinty’s bungled…

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Well attended nuclear conference kicks off interesting, productive year

March 5, 2014

When you look at packed audience halls at a nuclear industry convention, you know there is activity in the industry. Last week’s Canadian Nuclear Association annual conference and trade show…

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Item 1: if Ontario did not have its nuclear generating fleet, last hour’s CO2 emissions would have been AT LEAST:

6,213 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 357.2 grams

Item 2: Since prorogation of the Ontario legislature on October 15, 2012, provincial gas-fired generating plants have dumped this much CO2 into our air:

14,437,980 metric tons. This is a running total. Every hour, the total increases by the amount of Gas CO2 given in Table 1.

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