Russ Blinch
Russ Blinch has a passion for energy, the environment and sustainability. With home bases in both Toronto and Colombo, he is Chief Scribbler at, a site that explore that all important nexus where energy needs meets environmental constraint.
Formerly a senior editor and corespondent for Reuters, Russ was previously posted in Washington, D.C. and in Singapore where he managed a team covering China's economic boom. Born in southern Ontario, he also enjoyed assignments in Ottawa, San Francisco, and Toronto with Reuters.

Entries by Russ Blinch

The Quebec Election's Warning to Harper: Bad Ideas Will Lose

(5) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 9:55 AM

There is a message from the Quebec election for Prime Minister Stephen Harper: ideas matter while dangerous, unfair ones will come back to haunt you.

In a result few would have predicted at the outset, Quebec's Liberals unseated the reigning Parti Quebecois and won a solid majority after running a...

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Toronto's Mayoral Candidates Should Realize Budget Cuts Don't Equal Prosperity

(2) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:03 PM

Toronto is headed by an unsustainable mayor of an increasingly unsustainable city. Despite being blessed with great people and geography, small ideas linger and great things don't seem to get done in Toronto anymore.

Wouldn't it be refreshing if one of the candidates in Toronto's mayoralty race this October dared...

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Alberta's Tar Sands are a Burden, Not a Blessing

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 12:20 PM

Exxon Mobil, which makes billions of dollars in profits as the world's largest oil company, will soon make it clear to shareholders that its assets are at risk in a carbon-constrained world.

Alberta, owner of one of the world's largest oil resources but saddled with billions of dollars in debt,...

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Harper's Nodding Off at the Auto Industry Wheel

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 5:22 PM

Has anybody seen our old friend Stephen? Can you tell me where he has gone?

I guess Prime Minister Harper is busy finding a new finance minister along with all the other stuff involved with his single-minded pursuit of the Alberta carbon bubble. Because he sure doesn't have time to...

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We Need to Save Canada From the Harper Economy

(69) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 8:32 AM

Canada's economy has lost its balance. Trouble looms.

Those are not words you will hear from Prime Minister Stephen Harper but it is the grim reality of the unsustainable economic ethos of his Conservative government.

Instead of the telling us the truth, the government is spending unprecedented gobs...

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The One Book You Must Read to Understand Stephen Harper

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2013 | 11:33 AM

(This story was cross posted with De Smog Canada and

It was April, 2011 and Michael Ignatieff, then leader of Canada's opposition Liberal Party, was addressing an election rally in Sudbury, Ontario. "Why do we have to put up with this? Rise up! Rise up!...

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Harper Is Seizing the Wrong Century

(47) Comments | Posted October 20, 2013 | 9:50 AM

For Prime Minister Stephen Harper it's all about the seizing. Seizing the day, seizing the resources, seizing the protesters -- basically whatever it takes to extract any and all available hydrocarbons and sell to them to someone, somewhere.

But ultimately Harper is seizing the wrong path; he's choosing...

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Three Things to Worry About if Canada Was the One Shutting Down

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2013 | 11:35 PM

It's pretty sad to see the U.S. government shutdown and all the havoc it has wrought. Can you imagine if the same thing occurred in Canada and the Harper government was prevented from reading its Speech from the Throne next week as planned?

Hardship for many be assured, but please...

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Why I Wish I Could Be a Climate Change Skeptic

(5) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 5:28 PM

Sometimes I wish I could be a climate skeptic. It would be such a relief to remain optimistic about the future of the world -- despite all the evidence to the contrary.

On Friday the world's top scientists released their latest gloomy assessment of global warming and the message was...

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Mother Nature Needs a Hand Saving the Great Lakes

(8) Comments | Posted September 10, 2013 | 11:05 AM

Over the millennia, nature took its time to craft the Great Lakes. A melting glacier sculpted the five large basins that would eventually become the world's largest fresh water reserve.

But over the past decade and half it seems we are on the verge of screwing it all up.


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How One Man's All Nighter Could Save The Planet

(56) Comments | Posted August 17, 2013 | 12:38 PM

Anyone can pull an all nighter. What student hasn't done this and produced some whiz bang of a term paper the next morning. No big deal right?

So this Elon Musk guy works all night and whacks out a 57-page report detailing the Hyperloop, a souped up hovercraft...

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This Is Why We Need Renewable Energy

(16) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Is this the best of times? Is this the worst of times? Are we in the age of discovery or hurtling towards a blazing, horrible finish? Basically, it's up to us.

Humanity has been in a search for the "New, New, Thing" pretty much since time started ticking. In short,...

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Lac-Mégantic's Disaster is the Poster Child for Fossil Fuel Folly

(9) Comments | Posted July 10, 2013 | 3:50 PM

The picture of the small Quebec town engulfed in a sky-high fireball would make a macabre poster for all that is wrong with our fossil fuel addiction. The tagline could read: "Are we nuts?"

Days after the blast caused by the petro-packed, runaway train, and likened to an atomic bomb...

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Three Ways Obama can Propel us Beyond Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 4:22 PM

The steam engine is a remarkable thing. Just keep it topped up with glorious amounts of coal and watch the train chug down that track. Speaking of coal, it's also great for keeping the lights on.

Now if Obama would just get out of the way, we could keep using...

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Is Canada Now Openly Denying Anti-Pipeline Research?

(2) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 6:17 PM

So Joe Oliver, Canada's Natural Resources Minister, marched down to Washington this week and gave the proverbial finger to one of America's most renowned scientists.

Jim Hansen, the esteemed scientist formerly of NASA, is spewing "nonsense" when he is talking about global warming and Canada's Keystone pipeline, according to Oliver,...

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Why Don't We Tax Carbon Like We Tax Cigarettes?

(13) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 5:41 PM

Fill the moat. Raise the drawbridge. Steady those crossbows on the turrets. We should be safe in here.

That's the feeling I got when I read the recent analysis by Kenneth P. Green from Canada's Fraser Institute on why Canada should not impose a carbon tax:

"First there...
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What if Whole Communities Were Willing to Live Off-Grid?

(6) Comments | Posted April 9, 2013 | 5:54 PM

The ferocity of the storms were hard to ignore in the five years we lived in Washington, D.C.

Summer or winter, big storms would seem to arise out of nowhere, causing a lot of destruction, human and otherwise, throughout the U.S. Northeast.

Scores would lose power during these weather...

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