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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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Climate offset credit talk off base: what’s missing from the Clean Development Mechanism?

September 1, 2009
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Can the proposed U.S. climate change legislation actually reduce carbon emissions? Not according to utility industry advocates worried about certain provisions in the American Clean Energy and Security Act (a.k.a. Waxman-Markey), which narrowly passed the House of Representatives in June. The concern is that carbon offsets—financial instruments each representing one tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2)…

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Feds focus funds on foul air in 416: Toronto transit expansion attacks real source of pollution

March 7, 2007
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Of all the ways to deal with the pall of smog that hangs over Toronto in the summertime, expanding the city’s transit system is one of the smartest. Motor vehicles are the primary source of all that smog. The federal, provincial, and city governments should be congratulated for recognizing this, and for collaborating on extending…

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Renewable fuels: Harper goes on the (ethanol) wagon

May 23, 2006
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Congratulations to the Prime Minister for taking a step to get ethanol into every gas tank in Canada. He’s addressing the right sector—transportation, which accounts for a quarter of Canada’s greenhouse gases (GHGs). Car and trucks are also the main man-made source of smog and other air pollution, so he’s on the right track there…

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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:

6,037 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 377.0 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:

14,446,897 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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