I confess that I used to be a dandelion anarchist. For years, after we moved into this house, I raged in silence at the City for spraying herbicides in the park behind us to kill off the dandelions and clover. It seemed to be such an archaic practice. After all, many cities had already banned…
I am away at a writer’s conference this weekend. I usually try to post every Friday - normally something energy or climate related. Since I am surrounded by books and authors this weekend, I thought it might be appropriate if I shared a list of some of my favourite books that talk about our environmental… Continue reading A Reading List
I have an un-natural obsession with apocalyptic stories - movies and books. My husband pokes fun at me for it - even though he often settles in to watch too. I am not alone, clearly, looking at the box office numbers. Why is it we are drawn to them? I have often wondered about this… Continue reading Courting the Apocalypse – How Disaster Movies Can Ease our Despair
Should you invest in an electric vehicle “EV” to work on your personal greenhouse gas emissions? Or stick with your gasoline powered internal combustion engine – your “ICE”? If you plan to charge it up off the provincial electric grid – then it depends where you live in Canada. If you plan to install your … Continue reading Should Your Next Vehicle be Electric?
During my undergraduate years in chemical engineering, I failed Statistics. Twice. And it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. I failed the first time somewhere in my early years. I don't remember why - likely I spent too much time in the pub. However, the second time, I took a… Continue reading Failing Statistics – Twice – and Finding My Way
Sensory Processing after the Fort McMurray Wildfire The red fire tee. That's how I think of it. It sounds like a description from an L.L. Bean catalogue. It's not. It's the shirt I wore for almost twenty four hours as our family fled from the Fort McMurray wildfire three years ago. Often when I reached… Continue reading The Red Fire Tee
Introduction This article is a continuation of an outline of the basics of Alberta and Canada's carbon pricing plans that began in "The Carbon Tax for Dummies - Part 1" The Alberta carbon plan is based on its policy report, "The Climate Leadership Plan", or the "CLP". The federal government based its policies on the… Continue reading The Carbon Tax for Dummies – Part 2 -How is Industry Treated and Will the Plan Work?
My son’s soccer team played in a tournament in Gothenburg this past summer. As we got to know the city and Swedish countryside, I was in awe of the number of wind turbines and the extensive use of their efficient, clean, public transit system. Back home, Canadians appear to be struggling to accept the $30/tonne… Continue reading The Carbon Tax For Dummies – Part 1 -Why Do We Need It and What Will We Pay?
When we had to rebuild our wooden fence a few years back, I let our contractor talk me into a six- footer. “It’s the legal limit” he said. Right after the last nail was hammered, we immediately regretted the decision and longed to have back our more “neighbourly” five- foot fence. But it was too… Continue reading Kinder Morgan – the View from Over the Fence
I spent ten years working in the pipeline industry and another ten in oil sands. I haven’t posted a single word about Kinder Morgan pipeline. Why? It is precisely because the issue surrounding how Canada could meet our Paris commitments and remain a net energy exporter is a very deep and complex discussion which requires… Continue reading The Centennial Flame – Green Washing of the Lowest Kind