Subsidies for Renewable Energy under attack

Most electricity is currently generated from fossil fuels.  The “market pricing” of this electricity takes into account generation and transmission costs, including the price of the fuel.  Environmental costs are included to a degree, but not potential costs of global warming attributable to the emission of Greenhouse Gases (GHG).  Without including these future costs, electricity generated …

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A Simple Fact about the Tar Sands!

The tar sands (referred to as “oil sands” by the petroleum industry) are a thick mixture of bitumen and sand/clay.  This mixture is extracted from beneath forests covering over 140,000 square kilometres of North-Eastern Alberta, an area roughly the size of Scotland. For more about the Tar Sands we recommend these recent commentaries: Storm Trooper from …

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What we have been saying all along!

A recent ForourGrandchildren blog concluded: “Future increases in temperature can vary significantly, depending principally upon our success in reducing GHG emissions today and in the future.” Nathan Myhrvold of Intellectual Ventures and Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution calculated the expected climate effects of replacing the world’s supply of electricity from coal plants with any of …

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Joe Oliver is disappointed!

A week ago Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, extolled carbon capture and storage (CCS) as key to Canada’s meeting its targets for reduction of Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG). Up to now, three Canadian companies with substantial holdings in the power generation fields were important contributors to CCS research and development.  These companies contributed …

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There is still hope!

James Lovelock was very pessimistic regarding the ability of human societies to mitigate the effect of climate change.  Yet other environmentalist authors, such as Paul Giddings, were more hopeful, a fact noted in other  ForourGrandchildren comments.  In the opinion of these other authors, the effects of global warming could be mitigated given human ingenuity and commitment. …

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