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
The primary objective of this blog is energy literacy. The period leading up to this election, then, has brought some good news. Everyone is talking about climate change and the energy industry. Yet some of the memes and mantras circulating are superficial and misleading, even if they do resonate with us. I get it. We … Continue reading The Eleventh Hour – Digging Past Partisan Memes and Mantras Before You Vote
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?
Are you like me - you thought about joining the Climate Strike today, but you live in Alberta and are worried your neighbour might call the "anti-oil snitch line"? We are having a bit of fun in this province joking about our potentially "Un-Albertan" conduct - you know, like over-zealous recycling or driving a hybrid. … Continue reading Un-Albertan
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 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 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