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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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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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Oilsands and airplanes, pots and kettles: are climate agreements a waste of time?

May 21, 2013
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Oilsands and airplanes, pots and kettles: are climate agreements a waste of time?

“If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations [by reducing greenhouse gas pollution], I will.” Thus spake the U.S. president on February 12 of this year, in his 2013 state of the union speech. Only 77 days earlier, he had signed a bill protecting U.S. airlines from paying a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission fee…

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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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Obama signals non action on climate change, praises gas: meanwhile, Ontario gas plants dump 1,885 tons of pollution

February 13, 2013
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Obama signals non action on climate change, praises gas: meanwhile, Ontario gas plants dump 1,885 tons of pollution

Since Obama became president, I have wondered if he would ever make good on the lofty promises of action on climate change that he made in his 2008 election campaign. Every time he says something on the topic, my heart rises with hope and excitement, just like Charlie Brown’s does when Lucy entices him into…

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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:

5,662 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 378.4 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:

14,384,295 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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