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Getting the fracking facts

Published on January 8, 2013 by in Home

    by Ben Parfitt, Karena Shaw Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives     Natural gas is not and never has been a clean fuel. Yet almost daily, industry and government alike assert that it is a vitally important “transition fuel” that must be harnessed in a global effort to lower global greenhouse gas emissions. Premier Christy

 
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No Nukes News, Dec 13, 2012: Kangaroo Court

Published on December 13, 2012 by in Home

  Dec. 13, 2012 – Please pass this onto a friend! “Using a nuclear reactor to boil water is “like cutting butter with a chain saw.” – the late Barry Commoner “30 bombs worth of plutonium made every year per 1000 MW reactor.  That is the core of the problem – making plutonium just to boil

 
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Fossil Fuel Lobby in the Driver’s Seat at Doha

Published on December 2, 2012 by in Home

  By Stephen Leahy IPS   DOHA, Qatar, Nov 30 2012 (IPS) - A new scientific report shows that global warming can be kept well under two degrees C, but only if most of the known deposits of coal, oil and gas remain in the ground. The problem is no country is doing anywhere near enough to

 
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Britain on the ‘Cusp of an Energy Renaissance’

By Kelvin Ross, Deputy Editor, Power Engineering International November 30, 2012   |   1 Comment Wind power will be key beneficiary in new low-carbon initiative. LONDON – UK Energy Secretary Ed Davey Wednesday said “we are on the cusp of a renaissance in British energy” after unveiling the government’s long-awaited Energy Bill. Speaking to journalists after he had addressed

 
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Obama finally talks climate change. Now what will he do about it?

Published on November 7, 2012 by in Home

  by Brad Plumer  Washington Post    “We want our kids to grow up in an America… that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” That was the president in his acceptance speech Tuesday night. Now that Obama has won reelection, apparently, he feels free to talk about climate change — a topic notably absent

 
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New Alberta pipeline proposal yet another reason to go slow on China investment treaty

Published on November 2, 2012 by in Home

  October 30, 2012 Council of Canadians Press Release   EDMONTON – A new 500-km pipeline to be built by PetroChina subsidiary Phoenix Energy Holdings and TransCanada Corp. between northwest of Fort McMurray and Fort Saskatchewan cannot be allowed to proceed, says the Council of Canadians. But if the Harper government ratifies the Canada-China investment treaty

 
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Conference Board short-changes Canada’s clean energy future

Published on November 2, 2012 by in Home

  By Nathan Lemphers, Senior Policy Analyst, Oilsands Pembina Institute   $364 billion is no chump change. That’s the amount the Conference Board of Canada predicts will be invested over the next 25 years in Alberta’s oilsands. The Conference Board’sreport, Fuel for Thought: The Economic Benefits of the Oilsands for Canada’s Regions, seeks to show just how profitable

 
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Ignore the sound and fury: renewables are on a roll

Published on October 22, 2012 by in Home

  Dr. Rick Smith, Executive Director Environmental Defence   TORONTO—This past summer, I spent many hours on the road with my two kids. To keep the peace between two rambunctious boys confined in the backseat of a car, one needs to get a little creative. Gone are the days when Volkswagen Beetles are prevalent enough

 
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Hamm: Solar Industry and Utilities Don’t Speak the Same Language…Yet

Published on September 24, 2012 by in Home

 As we are forced to move away from fossil fuels, avoid ecocide, and move towards a green energy future, solar will play an increasing role. However, as Julia Hahn of Solar Central points out in this video, it is vital that the dynamic, fast growing entrepreneurial solar industry understand the very conservative, slow moving, risk averse

 
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All carbon policies carry a price, despite Harper-Mulcair hot air

Published on September 19, 2012 by in Home

Stephane Dion is right when he says that without accepting carbon pricing, you cannot have a rational debate about addressing climate change. This lack of action, and the Conservative’s heavy handed sector by sector approach, is costing Canadian taxpayers dearly.   Heather Scoffield National Post      “Price on carbon is coming. It’s here, to

 
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Fossil Fuel and Renewable Energy Subsidies on the Rise

Published on August 26, 2012 by in Home

Pricing externalities is key to understanding relative energy subsidies. The removal of fossil subsidies is a key demand of environmentalists. Public acceptance of renewable energy would increase dramatically if the true cost of fossil fuels was understood by both the public and politicians. Avoiding dangerous fossil fuel extraction would reduce the threat of ecocide. Alexander

 
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Learning from the Pacific Islands as they Lead the Renewable Race

Published on August 19, 2012 by in Home

Aaron Packard 350.org   Last week, the Pacific Island archipelago of Tokelau turned on the first of three solar-power plants. Once all three are online, it will be able to switch off it’s diesel generators. Meanwhile, not far away, Tongais also undergoing a rapid transition to renewable energy. The first solar-powered plant it has switched

 
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Pipeline worries

Published on August 19, 2012 by in Home

As this article illustrates, when we move oil and gas by pipelines spills are inevitable. Is the harm to Mother Earth temporary and can it be remedied? The harm, of course, comes not only from the damage cause by spills but also by the CO2 embedded in the oil being transferred. Whether the oil is used

 
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Green economy “mega trend” sweeping planet, Joe Oliver told

Published on August 16, 2012 by in Home

 What Joe knew: Canada was last among G8 economies in terms of low carbon market investments; other countries (like the US and China) were investing heavily in new energy technologies like solar and wind. What Joe does: spin, spin, spin as greenhouse gas emissions rise from our tar sands.

 
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The Deal: European Supergrid Sets High Expectations

Published on August 14, 2012 by in Home

 While the Harper government, ignoring climate change,  concentrates on making Canada “an energy superpower” by promoting carbon-based energy, the EU is moving towards building the infrastructure for an earth friendly, sustainable energy system based on renewables. Carbon-based energy production often goes hand in hand with ecocide and a less sustainable world. The plan for a

 
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