Hudak Wants Flat-Rate Energy Pricing Option, Renewed Nuclear Strategy
Trying to build off the momentum gained by the missteps made by the Liberal party this past summer, Progressive… [more]
The Wind Stops Blowing in the U.K as Geothermal Heats up in Canada
It appears the momentum gained by the wind energy industry over the last few years is beginning to slow,… [more]
Poll Suggests that the Conservative Party of Canada is Out of Touch with Canadians...Who Knew?
Just days after the Senate struck down Bill C-311, an Environics research poll conducted between October… [more]
Sardines, Jackfruit being converted into Biofuels in India.
The State Task Force on Biofuels in Mangalore, India, is designing alternative energy initatives intended… [more]
Alberta’s vast oil sand deposits are a point of major contention in Canada; on one hand, they have created a boom industry that has done much to buoy the sagging Canadian economy, and on the other, they have come under major fire from watchdog groups for the environmental damage the sands are responsible for. Many are unaware, however, that much of the damage attributed to the oil sands is actually caused by burning natural gas to seperate the sand from the oil. The biggest offender in terms of damage to the environment is shale gas.
In a speech delivered to a crowded hall in Meaford, Ontario, renowned University of Toronto law and economics professor Michael Trebilcock warned that Ontarian’s Hydro bills were set to increase by as much as 2.5 times by 2030. According to Trebilcock, the dramatic increase in energy prices can be attributed to the Ontario government’s decision to invest heavily in wind energy, as well as the rich and restrictive contracts drawn up with wind energy companies who charge Ontarians for wind power even when it isn’t needed.The lecture was part of a symposium put on by “Wind Concerns Meaford”, featuring a number of other speakers, including energy and environmental advisor Tom Adams, environmental lawyer Eric Gillespie, local real estate agent Mike McMurray, and others. The event is the culmination of months of public concern over the large-scale transformation of large tracts of southern Ontario into wind farms, and the talks have shed light on many of the problems associated with the energy source.
Surprise! The Green Energy Act is back doing what it does best, upsetting locals and being a massive inconvenience to municipal governments, as Susan Hundertmark reports from the Huron Expositor. Huron County councillors are listening to the concerns of their constituents, who are fearful of the health effects caused by wind turbines. Like many other places in Ontario, they are unsatisfied by the minimum distance requirements from population centers. The Green Energy Act has these minimum distances set at 550 meters, which is a far cry from the 2000 meters that Huron County councillors want. The problem here is that the Green Energy Act overrides these Councillors, making it possible for wind turbines to set up shop in very close proximity to homes and offices.
Almost a year after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, it appears oil giant British Petroleum may have to face the music in court after all. The trial, still only a possibility, hinges around whether or not the corner-cutting perpetrated by BP managers knowingly endangered Deepwater workers and directly led to the 11 deaths that occurred aboard the rig. Though it is not going to be addressed in the proceedings, many environmentally-conscious citizens will hope to see those involved held responsible for their part in the largest off-shore oil spill in history, not to mention the resulting decades of devastation inflicted on Gulf marine and shore life. As the US Attourney General looks into the case, the rest of the world is feeling a bit of bittersweet glee at the thought of the world’s most despised polluters being dragged away from their yachts and into court to answer for their crimes.
I think something anyone who has a deep interest in the environment, green energy, climate change, etc. can attest to is the frustration of relaying information to other people who are less knowledgeable. There are plenty of explanations for why you’re not getting through: it could be how you’re communicating, it could be the subject matter is just incompatible with the person you’re talking to.
This article will try and help you communicate effectively about the environment with other people.
A world-changing event is currently happening in Japan, and if we’re not careful, it will change the face of energy for the foreseeable future. A 9.0 Richter Scale Earthquake, followed by a huge tidal wave, caused the loss of cooling power to the nuclear reactors in Fukoshima, and now the Japanese government is attempting to curb a full-on melt down. Let me say that again: a 9.0 earthquake, one of the largest ever to hit an urban population, followed by a tidal wave, created the conditions for a Nuclear meltdown, which has yet to be averted.
Recently CanWEA (Canadian Wind Energy Association) ran an ad featuring Former Frontenac Island Mayor Jim Vanden Hoek standing in front of four Wolf Island windmills, talking about how unbelievably incredible wind power is. When you look at the bucolic scenery, with only a couple of windmills in the background, and read the quote from Mr. Vanden Hoek, you’d be convinced wind power seems like pretty much the best thing ever.
There are rumblings in Ireland that indicate the country may be moving towards developing a nuclear energy program, a move that would finally put Ireland on equal footing with most of the developed world. Ireland has long shunned nuclear power — since 1986, in fact — when the Chernobyl nuclear reactor exploded and irradiated the area. Professor Philip Walton is campaigning for the creation of Nuclear Power Generators to replace the costly and environmentally damaging Fossil Fuel generators that make up 90% of the island country’s power supply. It seems the pall that cast such a dark shadow on nuclear power in Ireland is finally clearing.