Energy

Writing for Island Tides, Elizabeth May discusses the issues around all the pipeline proposals, eastern Canada's reliance on foreign oil, and comes to the only sensible solution -- slow down the expansion of the tar sands to a managable and steady 2 million barrels a day, which would cool inflation, and construct the refineries needed so that Alberta is shipping conventional oil and gas to eastern Canada instead of dilbert. May says this would be thinking like a country.

Sounds like a plan to me.

Posted on October 16, 2012

by Alice Chambers

Perched on the banks of the Winnipeg River, immediately upstream of Sakgeeng First Nation Reserve in Manitoba, the Pine Falls mill is the oldest pulp mill on the prairies and it shows. The mill opened in 1927 and since that time there have been concerns over resource use, corporate behaviour, regulation and enforcement. This article briefly outlines the resource use and corporate behaviour issues and looks in some detail at the regulatory and enforcement situations.

Posted on October 15, 2012

The pulp and paper industry is one of the largest and most polluting industries in the world; it is the third most polluting industry in North America.

by Delores Broten and Jay Ritchlin

(may be downloaded in pdf format)

Introduction

Pulp and paper mills still pollute our water, air, and soil. This guide explains how mills pollute, gives a vision for a sustainable pulp industry, and shows how British Columbia's "Zero AOX" law can help achieve a pulp and paper industry that sustains the environment, healthy communities, and jobs. This Pulp Pollution Primer explains the basic facts of pulp mill pollution, presents alternatives, and examines industry's resistance to change.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Declining oil supplies will lead us toward local food production for local use.

by Colin Graham

In the last issue of this journal, David Fleming analysed the double speak of the International Energy Agency, and found it is putting out a coded message to the effect that world oil supplies are running out.

Posted on October 14, 2012

There's plenty of juice available from the winds and tides, if we choose to use it.

by Liza Morris

Electricity. Energy. Power. The stuff without which our modern, convenient, western lifestyle would come crashing to a halt.

Canada's largest wind farm will be able to supply 16,000 households in Quebec.

Posted on October 14, 2012

Hard times in BC's export economy are fuelling an effort to lift the moratorium on offshore oil and gas development.

by Oonagh O'Connor, Living Oceans Society

The exploration and development of offshore oil and gas have been prohibited on the west coast of Canada for almost 30 years because of the threat they pose to our environment and coastal economy. Now downturns in BC's resource export economy have some people promoting offshore oil and gas.

Posted on October 10, 2012

BC Hydro has an urge to burn, but green power beckons. The right stuff is just around the corner. Can opposition turn into change?

by Delores Broten

After three weeks of research on the questions of hydro power, natural gas, BC Hydro and pipelines to Vancouver Island, I was trying to tell a friend about the story. "Something's wonky," I kept repeating, listing all the questions I could not answer. "Does Not Add Up," I typed crankily as I tried to get answers from BC Hydro and from Vancouver Island energy activists.

Posted on October 10, 2012

These large gas-fired power plants have raised serious concerns among investors and among grass-roots groups for their negative ecological impacts.

by Seth Dunn, Worldwatch Paper 151, July 2000

Anyone who operates digital equipment will wryly agree with the Worldwatch Institute's new report, which argues that today's giant power plants, especially coal and nuclear, are failing to provide the high-quality, reliable electricity needed to power the new digital economy.

Posted on October 10, 2012

The future and forms of energy continue to change.

by Don Malcolm

Scattered throughout the watersheds in the eastern part of Canada and the United States are countless ancient mill sites. Their locations are marked by the presence of old dams on many of the creeks and rivers. Water backed up from the dam became a millpond from which it was channelled through a millrace to turn a large wooden mill wheel.

Posted on September 30, 2012

A Liquefied Natural Gas terminal on Texada Island in the middle of scenic Georgia Strait is one of those bizarre ideas that shouldn’t float, but, given the peculiar throes of the world of fossil fuels and the absence of strategic energy planning in BC these days, one never knows.

Residents of Texada Island, 84% opposed to the idea, are taking no chances and are trying to squash the proposal before it gets to the formal application stage,

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