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Don’t be depressed over the latest IPCC report, just learn the lesson: we CAN live well and prosper, cleanly

April 7, 2014
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Don’t be depressed over the latest IPCC report, just learn the lesson: we CAN live well and prosper, cleanly

The IPCC at the end of March issued another report warning of the serious consequences of untrammeled dumping of man-made carbon dioxide into the earth’s atmosphere. Read the report, and it’s hard not to come away under a pall of numbed helplessness. For example, the IPCC says, in the Summary for Policymakers in its March…

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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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Clean technology: since the 1960s, a vital bedrock Ontario—and Canadian—industry

March 10, 2014
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A Toronto Star piece this morning on “clean tech” jobs jumped out at me when a colleague sent it. The subtitle reads “Clean technology industry, undercut by Dalton McGuinty’s bungled green energy experiment, is poised to take off.” I did a double take. I’m just not used to seeing articles in Canada’s biggest newspaper—and most…

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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:

6,701 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 383.9 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:

14,325,533 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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