Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

Canadians Crank Conditioners, Burn Through Cash

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A new survey from Direct Energy says that 64% of Canadians keep the summer temperature of their homes at 22 degrees or lower. Direct Energy considers that to be absolutely frigid and is encouraging people to reassess their energy habits. Interestingly, the survey also concluded that half of Canadians do not know how much energy [...]

Gasoline Prices in Canada, Are Canadians Being Gouged?

Canada, one of the largest oil producers in the western hemisphere is facing something of a mini gas crisis. For the third week in a row, gas prices have risen, to the point that gas is now closing in on the dreaded dollar-fifty-per-litre level, a price heretofor unseen in this country. As the price of [...]

Bonneville Power Administration Forced to Shut Down Wind Power

The land of federal subsidies is a strange place, where often the ideals and agendas of political leaders conflict with actual economic realities. Take, for instance, the problem facing Pacific Northwest energy company Bonneville Power. Tax incentives, such as the United States Renewable Electricity Production Tax Credit, have led to the creation of a large [...]

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, at least in the U.K. U.K analysts are suggesting that by 2013, the installation of offshore wind farms will drop 93%. The slump is being predicted by an equal drop in sales of equipment used to [...]

British Columbia Embracing Pine Beetle Crisis as Source of Green Energy

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It’s no secret that the Pine Beetle crisis in British Columbia has had a devastating social, economic, and ecological impact on Canada’s western most Province.  The rice-sized insects have caused enormous irreparable damage to British Columbia’s interior,  and led to desperate seasonal forest burns to try and curb the beetle’s spread Pine beetles kill trees by tunneling into the phloem [...]

The Long-Term Effects of the Green Energy Act Failure

Fixing the damage caused by Dalton McGuinty’s failed energy act may be more difficult than simple policy reform. Upon reading a recent article posted on the Ontario-based environmental blog “Enviralment”, I was reminded of just how much leverage simple politics has in influencing governmental decision making.  Then, earlier this week, the Globe and Mail printed [...]

Micheal Ignatieff gets it right – Discuss

I know Canadian elections are still potentially years away, 2012 at the latest, but these things tend to creep up on you rather quickly.  Being socially very left wing but then relatively center-right on a number of issues I always tend to have a love-hate relationship with our Prime Minister regardless of his associated party.  [...]

The Problem with the Current Era of Popular Environmentalism: Part 2

How pop-environmentalism hinders governmental response to environmental sustainability. “Greening without justice, without equity, will not sustain the Earth or our future”  – Noel Sturgeon The micro-level concerns outlined in part one of this blog dealt with concerns over individual responsibility in the quest for environmental sustainability.  We discussed how the “warm fuzzy” element of 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 [...]

Tim Hudak likes the simple targets

This editorial appeared in the Toronto Star yesterday. Tim Hudak’s provincial Conservatives have jumped on the anti-wind bandwagon. They say the issue pits “elitist special interests” against “local families.”  That is a false dichotomy. What’s really at issue in the wind debate is how to close dirty coal-fired power plants and keep the lights on. [...]

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