Electrified transportation

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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If the GO Train were electric, rail passengers would lighten their carbon impact on the planet

December 11, 2013
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If the GO Train were electric, rail passengers would lighten their carbon impact on the planet

Imagine the GO train running on electricity. That is one of the recommendations of a transportation expert quoted in a very provocative article in today’s Toronto Star. Electrified GO Trains would represent a major improvement in travel through the GTA and beyond. The carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per passenger-kilometer are currently, with GO’s diesel trains,…

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Succession planning in energy: aim high in steering

December 5, 2013
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Succession planning in energy: aim high in steering

When I took driver’s ed, the instructor hammered away on two things: maintain a liberal following distance, and aim high in steering­®. Keeping a good following distance is just common sense. Aiming high in steering—i.e., keeping your eyes a few kilometers ahead in highway driving and a few vehicles ahead in city driving—is a bit…

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Smoke-free at both ends: Toronto subway and its main power source are fighting carbon, possibly winning

October 30, 2013
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Smoke-free at both ends: Toronto subway and its main power source are fighting carbon, possibly winning

Toronto’s subway trains carry thousands of passengers every hour through underground tunnels. This would be extremely difficult to accomplish if the traction power hurling the trains across the east-west line and up and down the north-south lines under the city were not supplied by electricity, which at its point of use is smoke-free. And from…

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

6,633 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 388.1 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:

14,332,110 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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