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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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Earth Hour schlock: how a dumb idea jumped across the world’s biggest ocean

March 24, 2014
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Earth Hour schlock: how a dumb idea jumped across the world’s biggest ocean

The silly, vapid, and vacuous pop culture fad called Earth Hour began in Sydney Australia in 2007. Its lead promoter is the WWF; that’s the organization currently running those confusing ads on TV. The WWF is, alas, not the World Wrestling Federation but the World Wildlife Fund, which through ill intent or neglect or distraction…

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Fighting carbon with electricity: bringing the Third Electrification to Ontario

March 14, 2014
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Ontario electricity-related greenhouse gases are at their lowest point in our modern history. This is because most of the electricity fed into our grid comes from zero-carbon sources, the biggest of which by far is nuclear. Nuclear in 2000 represented about 40 percent of total generation, and total generation-related GGHs in that year were over…

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

5,587 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 371.5 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:

14,391,418 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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