Electricity

Electrified rail transit in Ontario: an idea whose time has come

April 23, 2014
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The Ontario Liberal government recently released a pledge to convert, within a decade, major portions of the GO Train network from diesel to electric power. This is an excellent idea, and I hope that it is actually implemented. If it is, it could reduce—dramatically—the carbon footprint of rail transportation. But only if the electricity that…

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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
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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
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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 doesn’t seem easy. But that is because the world has…

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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
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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 IPCC says, in the Summary for Policymakers in its March…

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Electrifying transportation: easy policy, local politics

March 26, 2014
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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. Fortunately, it is actually very easy, thanks to actions taken by other people years ago, to live extremely cleanly. Here’s how. The cleanest way you…

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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:

5,753 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 372.2 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:

14,444,905 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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