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Nanticoke Energy Centre II: a priceless already-paid-for Ontario asset

September 26, 2013
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Ontario’s coal-fired power phaseout, scheduled to be complete by 2014, will leave eight perfectly good 455-megawatt coal-fired generating units idle. These are hugely valuable assets, built and paid for by the former Ontario Hydro (which was since split into a number of separate companies, the two biggest of which are Ontario Power Generation and Hydro…

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Carbon trading in China: post-modern environmentalism meets classical Marxism

May 31, 2013
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Carbon trading in China: post-modern environmentalism meets classical Marxism

The European Emission Trading System (ETS) is an utterly ineffective attempt to prompt a “market” response to rising carbon emissions. It is ineffective because it has not prompted the allegedly intended market response, and that is because the market has been deliberately blocked from responding—and by the very country, Germany, that led the way in…

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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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Smashing a perfectly good… coal plant: a case study in hugely expensive carbon reduction

January 11, 2013
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Smashing a perfectly good… coal plant: a case study in hugely expensive carbon reduction

Why, in this time of fiscal constraint, tight budgets, iffy economic prospects, and persistent unemployment is Ontario throwing away two perfectly good billion-dollar electricity generating plants that have already been paid for and that are capable of generating huge amounts of cheap, reliable electricity? Like probably every computer owner on the planet, I sometimes fantasize…

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

6,441 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 363.2 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:

14,345,294 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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