Archive for the ‘America’ Category

Noah (Of Old Testement Fame) Gets on the Eco-bandwagon, Purchases $160 million Environmentally Friendly Ark

In much of the developed world, businesses “going Green” has certainly become a universal trend.  Having said that, I still did not see this one coming. Answers in Genesis, an organization famous for its  “Creation Museum” in Petersburg, Kentucky, has announced their next project – A theme park revolved around the Biblical story of Noah’s [...]

Sardines, Jackfruit being converted into Biofuels in India.

The State Task Force on Biofuels in Mangalore, India, is designing alternative energy initatives intended to increase the production of biofuels from agricultural waste. Most interesting , is their plan to convert jackfruit, cashew apples, and sardine oil into biofuel.  Chairman of the State Task Force Y.B. Ramakrishna stresses that coastal regions of India must [...]

Obama Wants Green Planes

Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced, at the National Press Club,  a new measure to develop jet fuel from crop residues.  He suggests that, “By producing more Biofuels in America, we will create jobs, combat global warming, replace our dependence on foreign oil, and build a stronger foundation for the 21st century economy.  “ The [...]

The Problem with the current era of popular environmentalism: A micro and macro critique – Part 1

Micro:  Why pop-environmentalists need to take their hands out of the cookie jar As 2010 begins to wind down, the “green” movement has reached a critical stage of maturity.  From diet alterations to concerns over one’s ecological footprint,  the Western world has entered what seems to be- at least on the surface- a popularized and [...]

Did we learn anything?

The Deepwater Gulf of Mexico oil spill of 2010 is rapidly moving towards the status of the worst accident in U.S. history, and as the disaster moves into its third week a lot of questions are still unanswered, the most obvious being, when is this thing going to stop spewing? If current estimates for the [...]

Canada and oil: Street hustler vs. Addiction Counsellor

Three of the biggest oil companies in Canada are projected to receive more in corporate tax cuts than what the Harper government plans to spend on green initiatives, an analysis by the NDP concludes.  The analysis estimates that Encana, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Imperial Oil will benefit from more than $440 million in tax [...]

A smart meter for your troubles?

Smart Meters are supposed believed to be a less costly alternative to traditional interval or time-of-use meters billing customers by how much is consumed and at what time of day will force consumers to adjust their consumption habits to be more responsive to market prices.  It’s also believed billing customers by how much is consumed [...]

The future is Bloom…or bust

How do you get Arnold Schwarzenegger out to a press conference? Well if it’s not to do some damage control you better be promising something pretty big. Which is exactly why the California governor was at the official Bloom energies product launch and press event yesterday. Indeed the promise of cheap, reliable, emission free energy [...]

Green Economy in Ontario?

The call for a massive transformation of our manufacturing sector from a ‘blue’ collar workforce to that of a ‘green’ collar one has had significant influence on our elected leaders as they weight the different options to spur an economic revival. The Green Energy Act (GEA) is hedged upon the very idea that ‘green’ jobs [...]

Small thinking for big problems

I watched a riveting movie last night that kept me intrigued and involved, which is a pretty sizable feat. Collapse, directed by Chris Smith (American Movie, Yes Men), is an American documentary film exploring the theories, writings and life story of controversial author Michael Ruppert. Collapse premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September [...]

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