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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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The Wealth of (Asian) Nations: poised to deliver massive carbon reductions in the UK

November 15, 2013
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Asian financial power is firming up behind nuclear power in the United Kingdom. Chinese and Japanese consortia have moved into this big market, and are poised to enter the regulatory process en route to building thousands of megawatts of zero-carbon generating capacity. This is good news. The world needs more nuclear power. It actually needs…

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Exporting low carbon electricity infrastructure: what Canada can do for the world

October 24, 2013
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Exporting low carbon electricity infrastructure: what Canada can do for the world

In the economic boom of the 1950s, Canada made a strategic gamble on its industrial future: it invested in developing the CANDU nuclear reactor. The CANDU was invented as a conscious decision to differentiate a product from its competition. Why was this a gamble? Because the CANDU’s competition was a reactor technology invented and marketed…

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McGuinty prorogues: a year to the day, and 9.4 MILLION tons of carbon pollution

October 15, 2013
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The Ontario Liberals in the 2011 general election lost their majority position in the provincial legislature. This was because they lost a number of key rural districts into which their green energy policies had forced enormous and enormously inefficient wind turbines. The rural residents in those districts deeply and rightly resented this imposition, by force,…

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IPCC warnings and “green” opportunism: why my blood boils on this too-warm October day

October 2, 2013
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The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued the following dire declaration the other day: The atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years. CO2 concentrations have increased by 40% since pre-industrial times, primarily from fossil fuel emissions and secondarily from net…

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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:

5,753 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 360.4 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:

14,427,573 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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