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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 CopyCarbon.com, 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.
How One Man's All Nighter Could Save The

How One Man's All Nighter Could Save The Planet

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 in a tube allowing the great unwashed to travel at the speed of sound from one city to the next, powered by the sun, all for $20 a shot. Big whoop.
08/17/2013 12:38 EDT
This Is Why We Need Renewable

This Is Why We Need Renewable Energy

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. We need new ways to heat our homes, power our cars and fuel our factories. If not, we risk heating our planet to the point of making it unlivable.
08/09/2013 05:32 EDT
Is Canada Now Openly Denying Anti-Pipeline

Is Canada Now Openly Denying Anti-Pipeline Research?

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 Joe Oliver, Canada's Natural Resources Minister and former investment banker turned heavy oil mouthpiece.
04/25/2013 06:18 EDT
Why Don't We Tax Carbon Like We Tax

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

A carbon tax is like a tax on tobacco. We need to make sure we are paying the full cost of something that is going to cause havoc down the road. In fact a carbon tax could be even revenue neutral, i.e., the money could be refunded to help the needy. Carbon-based fuels cause pollution and global warming. These hazards will prove costly for future generations.
04/12/2013 05:25 EDT
Can An Entire Community Be Self Sufficient and Live

Can An Entire Community Be Self Sufficient and Live Off-The-Grid?

The ferocity of the storms were hard to ignore in the five years we lived in Washington, D.C. Scores would lose power during these weather events, and get fed up with the power utilities for the delay in restoring power. But here's a solution. What if we got rid of the middleman?
04/09/2013 05:15 EDT