As I watched the news headlines stream in this morning, I couldn't believe it. Energy East was cancelled? There's no way! I must have read that first Globe and Mail article three times before I believed it. Congratulatory emails began flooding my inbox.
Media Release October 5, 2017 Diverse Groups Opposed to Energy East Celebrate Project’s Cancellation After four years of fighting to stop the proposed pipeline project, a network of environmental groups, First Nations, students, faith and local groups along the proposed route say Canadians, and people around the world, should feel relieved that TransCanada has cancelled… Continue reading Media Release: Energy East is Cancelled
Now this is smart design! The Solar Roof by SolarCity has been crafted with the goal to look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation and have an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity. Tesla has also created the Powerwall - a… Continue reading Elon Musk Unveils “Solar Roof”
Kathleen Wynne's Ontario Liberal Government just announced they'll be scrapping $3.8 billion of renewable energy projects under the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP II) program. This decision comes at a time when the Liberals are lagging in the polls and being reprimanded by the public over high hydro prices and the privatization of Hydro One. Wynne is… Continue reading Wynne Short-Sighted on Energy & Politics
Plastic. It's a perfect symbol of our lasting footprint on the Earth. Man made. Petroleum based. Global impact. Destructive. It represents our ability to turn a blind eye to the consequences of our actions in exchange for a perceived convenient lifestyle. It's everywhere ... and it needs to stop. Our addiction to plastic is a… Continue reading Making Connections – Plastic & Oil
That's right - Dirty Natural Gas. Although sold as a "clean burning" transition fuel by the natural gas lobby, I'd argue the opposite. If anything, the natural gas "bridge fuel" narrative is keeping us from moving toward the true green energy revolution we need - one based on a geographically appropriate mix of wind, solar,… Continue reading Ontario & Dirty Gas
A failed state is a political body that has disintegrated to a point where basic conditions and responsibilities of a sovereign government no longer function properly. Likewise, when a nation weakens and its standard of living declines, it introduces the possibility of governmental collapse. Venezuela is well on its way to receiving this undesirable title.… Continue reading Venezuela – A Failing State
That’s right – “Environmentalist” I’m one of those … Environmentalist – A person who broadly supports the goals of the environmental movement, "a political and ethical movement that seeks to improve and protect the quality of the natural environment through changes to environmentally harmful human activities". I’ve always been one, but I’ve never considered myself… Continue reading The “E” Word
When a fossil fuel company proposes a new project, it's no surprise to see environmental advocates and local communities raise opposition. Times are changing though and CBC journalist Don Pittis is warning investors to take note. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers just released a report announcing a $50 billion drop in Canadian oil and… Continue reading Stranded Assets
In a water-stressed world, governments are on the lookout for a solution to declining fresh water stocks. This situation is already critical in many arid regions and will be increasingly important as we continue to witness unpredictable climate change. It is very likely that the need for fresh water will soon be considered, in the… Continue reading Is Desalination the Answer?