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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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Carbon capture and recycle: the new frontier in Canadian synfuel expertise

September 6, 2012
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Carbon capture and recycle: the new frontier in Canadian synfuel expertise

Canada is the world leader in synthetic fuel production. I’m talking about the oil sands, of course. Though decried by environmentalists for their carbon intensity, Canada’s oil sands operations are actually a stunning example of payoff from industry- and government-supported research and development. These are impressive operations, from a technological and engineering point of view.…

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The real hydrogen highway: the future looks like today

November 24, 2009
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The Canadian hydrogen-highway industry is at a crossroads. Compared with the rest in the world Canada is a fading champion in the hydrogen arena. Though the famous Ballard Power started here in Canada, the public funding that kept the venture alive and in the headlines has all but dried up. But there’s still hope for a…

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A practical way to store hydrogen: remapping the route to the hydrogen economy

September 30, 2009
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Mention the phrase “hydrogen economy” these days, and most people will laugh at you. That’s because the phrase reminds most people of the endlessly unfulfilled promises of fuel cell–powered cars and hydrogen refueling stations. Even Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his famous hydrogen powered Hummers, has dropped talk of the Hydrogen Highway in favour of something a bit more practical:…

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Hydrogen, fuel cells, and the right way forward: Chu vs. the auto industry

May 21, 2009
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In their decades-long efforts to develop effective and affordable climate change policy, most western governments have put a lot of money and effort in two areas: (1) hydrogen, and (2) carbon capture and sequestration. They are on the right track, but they’re going about it in a roundabout way. That could set back progress by decades Blog…

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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:

5,315 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 359.3 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:

14,369,413 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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