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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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Nanticoke Energy Centre II: a priceless already-paid-for Ontario asset

September 26, 2013
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Ontario’s coal-fired power phaseout, scheduled to be complete by 2014, will leave eight perfectly good 455-megawatt coal-fired generating units idle. These are hugely valuable assets, built and paid for by the former Ontario Hydro (which was since split into a number of separate companies, the two biggest of which are Ontario Power Generation and Hydro…

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Keystone fight approaches criticality: TransCanada’s biggest clean asset stays critical

August 16, 2013
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TransCanada Inc., the favourite pinata of green fashionistas, is part owner of Bruce Power, which operates the biggest clean energy centre in the western hemisphere. Every hour of every day, the Bruce nuclear generating plant on the eastern shore of Lake Huron cranks out between 4,000 and 6,000 megawatts of clean electricity—more than enough to…

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NRDC feigns outrage over 1.2 billion tons of carbon from oil sands in Canada; supports 40 times as much from gas-fired generation in America

July 24, 2013
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NRDC feigns outrage over 1.2 billion tons of carbon from oil sands in Canada; supports 40 times as much from gas-fired generation in America

The Natural Resources Defense Council, one of America’s leading “environmental” groups, issued a much-retailed press release yesterday that claims operations in Canada’s oil sands will emit 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) over the next 50 years. Do the arithmetic, and this estimate, if accurate, works out to 24 million tons per year. Sounds…

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Oilsands and airplanes, pots and kettles: are climate agreements a waste of time?

May 21, 2013
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Oilsands and airplanes, pots and kettles: are climate agreements a waste of time?

“If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations [by reducing greenhouse gas pollution], I will.” Thus spake the U.S. president on February 12 of this year, in his 2013 state of the union speech. Only 77 days earlier, he had signed a bill protecting U.S. airlines from paying a carbon dioxide (CO2) emission fee…

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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:

5,950 metric tons, and the CIPK would have been 347.4 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:

14,463,230 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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