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Exporting low carbon electricity infrastructure: what Canada can do for the world

October 24, 2013
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Exporting low carbon electricity infrastructure: what Canada can do for the world

In the economic boom of the 1950s, Canada made a strategic gamble on its industrial future: it invested in developing the CANDU nuclear reactor. The CANDU was invented as a conscious decision to differentiate a product from its competition. Why was this a gamble? Because the CANDU’s competition was a reactor technology invented and marketed…

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Canada’s carbon reductions: giving credit where it’s due

September 30, 2013
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Canada’s carbon reductions: giving credit where it’s due

Last week’s minor bombshell pre-announcement from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that mankind, though carbon dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuel, is very likely to have played a role in jacking up global temperatures, caused a very interesting sea change in Canadian federal government communication on climate change. The feds, by…

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Cross-sector carbon offsets: how to sell Keystone to Obama

September 11, 2013
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Canada’s Conservative government has been driving hard for years to help TransCanada Corporation persuade the U.S. president to approve the Keystone XL pipeline. The Conservatives must be wondering how it is that pipelines have caused them so much grief. In their seven and a half years in power since they defeated a seemingly unbeatable Liberal…

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Canadian federal climate change dilemma: an easy solution

July 23, 2013
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Since beginning this blog, I have urged the federal Conservative government to claim credit for the Ontario Achievement in carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reductions. Ontario’s electricity generating sector, as I have pointed out, has reduced annual CO2 emissions by nearly 25 million metric tons. This was almost entirely due to the return of nuclear generating…

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Efficiency and symbolism in Canadian health care and medicine exports

May 30, 2013
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Efficiency and symbolism in Canadian health care and medicine exports

In three and a half years, the operating license of the National Research Universal (NRU) nuclear reactor at Chalk River will expire. The NRU is a hugely important piece of research equipment, arguably Canada’s most important and certainly among its most successful. It was instrumental in developing the CANDU reactor, which is the technology that…

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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:

5,549 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 350.0 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:

14,465,329 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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