Fossil Fuel

Canada Must Put a Price on Carbon Emissions

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 07.24.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Whenever I meet a Hummer, tension rises in my chest, unkind thoughts develop in my head and my hands tighten and tremble, as if they want to signal something. I've long wondered why that happens, and I think I've finally figured it out. It has something to do with a song, economics and the courteous way to walk your dog.

Our Sense of Entitlement Could Be the Biggest Barrier To Solving Climate Change

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 06.21.2015 | Canada Politics
Carl Duivenvoorden

When former federal cabinet minister David Dingwall was questioned about a generous buyout package he received in 2006, his oft-quoted reply was, "I am entitled to my entitlements." It caused much outrage. But as the biblical expression goes, let whoever is without sin cast the first stone, because perhaps we're all a bit guilty of entitlement.

Our Carbon Quota Is Shrinking All the Time

Carl Duivenvoorden | Posted 05.13.2015 | Canada Impact
Carl Duivenvoorden

Perhaps you've heard of the notion of a global carbon quota. I first learned of it a few years ago, and got a refresher on the subject last month. It jolted me then, but even more so this time. Here's an overview, with some basic math.

Why the Fossil Fuel Lobby Attacking Divestment is a Good Thing

Cameron Fenton | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

This week, the fossil fuel divestment movement has crossed a new milestone beck landing in the crosshairs of the fossil fuel industry's propaganda machine. From fossil fuel industry commissioned reports to, frankly, hilarious attack animations, it seems that the divestment movement has hit the big time.

The Oil Lobby Should Let Go of Outdated Technology

Gerard Montpetit | Posted 03.25.2015 | Canada Business
Gerard Montpetit

If humanity does not want to suffer catastrophic climate change, it must limit the global rise in temperature to a maximum of two degrees Celsius. Quebec, Canada and the world must head towards a post-carbon economy without delay. Amongst other things, the Energy Board believes that the TransCanada Energy East pipeline is desirable. Instead of holding on to the past, why not immediately invest in the green technologies of the future?

B.C. Climate Action Plan 2.0?

Matt Horne | Posted 09.09.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Matt Horne

Clearly there's a difference between trying to read the tea leaves on where the government could be going with climate action in the province, and government actually laying those directions out for British Columbians. And for all of the potential directions policy could go, their impact on carbon pollution will depend on how they are designed.

Will Thorium Save Us from Climate Change?

David Suzuki | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

If the choice is between keeping nuclear power facilities running or shutting them down and replacing them with coal-fired power plants, the nuclear option is best for the climate. But, for now, investing in renewable energy and smart-grid technologies is a faster, more cost-effective and safer option than building new nuclear facilities, regardless of type.

Fossil Fuel Production Has a Moral Dimension Just Like Firearms and Tobacco Do

Mike Berners-Lee | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada Living
Mike Berners-Lee

Oil, coal and gas companies that lobby against carbon regulation for their own benefit, buy politicians, spread misleading information, and invest their capital in expanding their reserves rather than developing carbon capture or alternative energy need to be named and shamed -- and their efforts resisted by the rest of society.

The Trillion Dollar Question at Rio+20

Cameron Fenton | Posted 08.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Cameron Fenton

The world has a trillion dollars to spare and with that money there isn't much we couldn't do to build a more just and sustainable future. Unfortunately, right now governments around the globe are giving this trillion dollars to some of the wealthiest corporations on the planet. We need an energy revolution, we need climate action, and we need to put people ahead of polluters. This trillion dollars is how we pay for it.

Big Oil's Plan to Crush Green Energy

Adam Scott | Posted 07.11.2012 | Canada
Adam Scott

A confidential memo proposing a massive fossil-fuel corporation funded campaign to build opposition against wind power was uncovered this week. As our transition to using windmills, solar panels and electric vehicles gains momentum, it's easy to see how peddlers of oil and coal might be freaked out. What if we don't want to buy what they are selling anymore?