C1 chemistry

Ontario gas plant carbon: the Rogers Centre metric

December 10, 2013
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How many times do Ontario gas plants emit enough carbon dioxide (CO2) to fill up the Rogers Centre with the roof closed? You can figure out how much they have emitted so far today: just divide the amount of CO2 in the Gas category in Table 2 on the left-hand sidebar by 2,877, which is…

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Embrace nuclear energy, Alberta: it’s the only way to lower oilsands GHGs

April 5, 2013
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Embrace nuclear energy, Alberta: it’s the only way to lower oilsands GHGs

Alberta is panicking right now, fearing the worst when the U.S. makes its next decision on the Keystone Pipeline. If the new American secretary of state’s recent legislative past is an indicator, Keystone, which will carry Alberta bitumen to the U.S. gulf coast, will receive extra attention on the question of whether the proposed pipeline…

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Uranium in Toronto: the cleanest fuel runs the cleanest city

November 13, 2012
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Uranium in Toronto: the cleanest fuel runs the cleanest city

Toronto runs mostly on uranium and plutonium. Those two nuclear fuels provide the energy that runs Canadian nuclear reactors, which are what make most of the electricity that produces the city’s spectacular nighttime skyline, and makes its elevators, subways, and hospitals work. Uranium and plutonium are extremely clean and efficient generator fuels. They are made…

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The Nanticoke Energy Centre: Ontario’s hub of clean electricity, motor vehicle fuel, and high value chemicals

November 6, 2012
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The Nanticoke Energy Centre: Ontario’s hub of clean electricity, motor vehicle fuel, and high value chemicals

Ontario is set to mothball a hugely valuable asset, in the form of eight perfectly operational coal-fired generating units. With a combined capacity of 4,000 megawatts, the Nanticoke generating plant is one of the biggest of its type in the world. Run as a baseload electricity provider, with a capacity factor above 80 percent, Nanticoke…

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Shell carbon capture project in Alberta breaks new ground, literally

September 27, 2012
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The Alberta oil sands are an enormous resource, but that resource needs a lot of dressing up before ordinary people will buy it. Your car runs on thin, free-flowing liquid fuel, not stuff that is like thickened blackstrap molasses mixed with sand. “Dressing up” bitumen to the point where gasoline retailers can sell it takes…

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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:

5,588 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 374.0 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:

14,390,743 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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