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Russ Blinch

Writer at russellblinch.com

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 rel="nofollow">CopyCarbon.com</a>, a site that explore that all important nexus where energy needs meets environmental constraint. <br> 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.
Canada Needs to Reject Radical Right

Canada Needs to Reject Radical Right Thinking

This kind of talk about out-of-control government spending in central Canada will build and build. The right has a huge megaphone in this country and the ideas are rarely challenged in the mainstream media.
07/20/2014 10:54 EDT
Make Sharks Our Friends, Not Out

Make Sharks Our Friends, Not Out Food

Don't cue the theme from Jaws for 20-year-old Madison Stewart, A.K.A. the "Shark Girl." Madison has been diving with the sharks since the age of 12 in the Great Barrier Reef and she loathes the hype propagated in movies from Jaws to Sharknado that these mysterious beasts are "mindless blood thirsty killers."
06/16/2014 12:36 EDT
Why Harper's

Why Harper's "Trickle Over" Plan is Not Working

Prime Minister Harper says he won't lift a finger to help the environment because he's working too hard to protect jobs. In fact he is imperiling our future by blocking innovation in order to support a fading industry: fossil fuels. Instead of the discredited trickle down theories of the right we now get "trickle over" from Harper.
06/13/2014 12:26 EDT
Harper Is Willing and Able to Keep Canada Under

Harper Is Willing and Able to Keep Canada Under Surveillance

Yes, there have always been spies and espionage, all with the aim of stopping some calamity, the existential threats. But thanks to Snowden, the computer geek with the highest levels of clearance, we now know the U.S. has turned its giant spying apparatus on its own people. We also know, thanks to Snowden, that the Harper government is a willing participant and keen to add to our rapidly ballooning surveillance state. And future consequences may be dire.
05/27/2014 12:13 EDT
While Obama Fights for Climate, Harper Just

While Obama Fights for Climate, Harper Just Fights

In a flurry of moves the Obama Administration reinstalls solar panels atop the White House, unveils incentives to spur solar and a landmark government report is issued warning of the clear and present danger of climate change. Impressive, but let's see what's been happening in Canada.
05/18/2014 09:15 EDT
Keystone Is Dead: So Let's Stop Harper from Burying Our

Keystone Is Dead: So Let's Stop Harper from Burying Our Future

It would be refreshing to see Tom Mulcair of the NDP and Justin Trudeau of the Liberals to forge coherent energy policies that lead to a more vibrant and sustainable economy. In short, we need to know they will stop burying our future with dead end pipeline projects.
04/24/2014 12:04 EDT
Why Mulroney Is Right to Think Big Again About

Why Mulroney Is Right to Think Big Again About Canada

Mulroney, the former prime minister known for his big projects and his checkered past, recently gave a startling speech admonishing Ottawa to get its act together managing our vast resource wealth -- including reaching a deal with native Canadians and on protecting the environment.
04/18/2014 11:54 EDT
The Quebec Election's Warning to Harper: Bad Ideas Will

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

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 straightforward campaign of better government for a better economy. So what does this mean for the Harper government, which could take the country to the polls in the coming months? It will all come down to whether constituents, especially in vote-rich Ontario, are tired of the bad ideas and divisive overreach of their government in Ottawa.
04/09/2014 09:55 EDT
Toronto's Mayoral Candidates Should Realize Budget Cuts Don't Equal

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

Wouldn't it be cool to have a mayor who swanned around in a hybrid car, rather than a gas guzzling jalopy, and who talked about "nurturing" entrepreneurs, or who sought tax breaks for sustainability initiatives, or who could imagine something outside of the box when it comes to Toronto's moribund waterfront?
04/03/2014 01:03 EDT
Alberta's Tar Sands are a Burden, Not a

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

Stephane Dion, the former Liberal leader, once said that "there is no environmental minister on Earth who can stop the oil from coming out of the sands, because the money is too big." But that was a long time ago and he probably hadn't considered that numerous countries would take action to curb fossil fuel demand.
03/26/2014 12:21 EDT
Harper's Nodding Off at the Auto Industry

Harper's Nodding Off at the Auto Industry Wheel

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 join the hand wringing over a key engine of growth in a once prosperous province called Ontario. I'm talking about the so-called "free" trade agreement with South Korea and the future of the auto industry.
03/19/2014 05:22 EDT
We Need to Save Canada From the Harper

We Need to Save Canada From the Harper Economy

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 of our money to mislead us about the health of the country with the Canada Action Plan advertising campaign saturating the airwaves. In reality, our petro premier has transformed a balanced country into a petro-state that is "hollowing out" the economy.
03/11/2014 08:32 EDT
The One Book You Must Read to Understand Stephen

The One Book You Must Read to Understand Stephen Harper

At first glance Harper looks very much the accountant he was trained to be: dull and lacking in passion. But don't be fooled, he has a determined even subversive vision for the country. Harper is bound to American style conservatism, yet his battles are not fought in the open. As a new book illustrates, Stephen Harper's path is a subtler one.
12/09/2013 12:33 EST
Harper Is Seizing the Wrong

Harper Is Seizing the Wrong Century

You will not find a single word in the speech from the throne on solar or wind power, and certainly not a word on climate change. Why isn't Harper looking at products where the markets are expanding, say renewable fuels and related technology?
10/20/2013 12:54 EDT
Why I Wish I Could Be a Climate Change

Why I Wish I Could Be a Climate Change Skeptic

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 clear: we need to find a way to stop burning fossil fuels or risk imperilling the planet.
09/27/2013 05:28 EDT
Mother Nature Needs a Hand Saving the Great

Mother Nature Needs a Hand Saving the Great Lakes

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. If Mother Nature isn't cooperating, can anything else be done?
09/10/2013 12:19 EDT