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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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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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Ontario’s electrical future: another go at Darlington?

October 14, 2010
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“Live better electrically.” Remember that slogan? It used to be how Ontario Hydro, formerly the world’s biggest electric utility, promoted its product,  electricity. With that slogan, Hydro promised customers a better life if they used more of its product. Though the slogan, together with the underlying concept, fell (and has till now stayed) out of fashion, Hydro…

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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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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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