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Dear John: My Letter From President Obama

(10) Comments | Posted March 23, 2012 | 4:13 AM

Only four months ago, many pundits in the U.S. were predicting political chaos and a dramatic drop in the polls for President Barack Obama if he refused to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built directly over the Ogallala reservoir in Nebraska.

Everything from Congressional gridlock to...

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Size Isn't Everything, Baby: The New, Small "Green" Nuclear Reactor

(65) Comments | Posted March 9, 2012 | 6:54 AM

The March 11, 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has precipitated a world of change in Japan's nuclear power industry.

Within hours of the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, most of Japan's 54 nuclear power plants (which had supplied 27 per cent of Japan's electricity)...

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Solar Power Gets the Might of the U.S. Military Behind It

(34) Comments | Posted February 15, 2012 | 7:00 AM

The first solar paneled probe to be launched into outer space was from Cape Kennedy, Florida during the "Space Race" of the 1960s.

Many of those old, reliable PV solar-powered satellites are still up there sending back (decidedly low-tech) information, as compared to the satellite technology of today.

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Biofuel a Win-Win: Green and Cost-Effective

(33) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 8:00 AM

As many of you know, much of the gasoline available today has a biofuel component with newer vehicles already E85 compatible -- meaning they operate normally with up to 85 per cent ethanol.

Boeing is testing biofuel use on it's aircraft. In 2010, Boeing tested passenger jets and...

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God Save Our Queen!

(47) Comments | Posted January 16, 2012 | 1:05 AM

With respect to those who suggest we henceforth do without the British Monarchy, there wouldn't be a Canada without the British Monarchy. This trumps everything as regards this debate.

"Propter eos autem."

Is this the way to show ourselves properly grateful to those who at first allowed us, then...

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A Solution to Northern Gateway to Please Everyone

(28) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 2:32 AM

Whether we like it or not, this world runs on petroleum and petroleum-based products. Without oil manifested into its many forms, a far different civilization from the one we know would have developed on our planet. It is a fact of life in our modern world that we use and...

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Kyoto Is Dead -- But Don't Blame Peter Kent

(60) Comments | Posted January 1, 2012 | 11:25 PM

It would have been better by light years if Canada had ended its Kyoto agreement responsibilities with a new and better environmental agreement already in hand -- instead of slinking away like the juvenile delinquent who missed so much school that catching up with the other students became completely out...

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As China Goes Green What Is Canada Waiting for?

(25) Comments | Posted December 17, 2011 | 5:35 AM

Could it be that the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gas is the same country that spends more on green technology than any other country?

It says everything about China that a nation of 1.5 billion people enjoying a rapidly growing economy chooses to spend unimaginably large sums of money...

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Coal Gets Less Down and Dirty

(17) Comments | Posted December 16, 2011 | 4:20 PM

For decades, the coal industry has been the energy sector 'bad boy' as far as the environmental movement is concerned. The list of negatives associated with the extraction, transportation, and use of coal are long and well-publicized. Today, however, the coal industry is on the cusp of a revolution--owing in...

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