Lester Brown makes a satisfying – if not always perfectly compelling – argument that fossil fuels are already inheriting the world. Each chapter presents a round-up of all the wins, advances and anticipated benefits of a particular renewable energy. Brown glows equally on the subjects of solar, wind, geothermal and […]
During the last 10 years in Canada, as well as elsewhere in North America and other parts of the world, proposed wind energy projects have spawned fierce opposition and intense controversy. It’s not headline news when members of the public react against possible changes to their neighbourhoods.
GE’s new Space Frame wind tower is lighter, taller and easier to transport than previous turbines. It also represents the wind industry’s latest effort to remove itself from human view. One wonders if something won’t be lost in moving renewable power further away from our communities.
Last month in Goderich, Ontario, hundreds of protestors demonstrated outside the local courthouse during injunction deliberations for the proposed K2 Wind Power Project.
Sometime during the next 100 years or so, the world is going to run out of platinum. If we haven’t found a replacement, production of new jewelry, electrodes, anticancer drugs and turbine engines will all grind to a halt. Also coming to a screeching stop will be production of solar […]
During the Ontario ice storm of 1998, millions of people were left without power for weeks in the middle of January. Since then, questions have been raised about how so many could go without electricity in a province which often has so much it has to pay neighbours to take […]
This article is part of A\J’s web series Night School.
When travelling throughout Southern Ontario this summer one can’t help but notice the proliferation of wind turbines. After the Green Energy Act and the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program were enacted in 2009, large scale wind farms sprang up across the province driven by a desire to increase clean, renewable energy […]
A new Australian study presents evidence that wind turbine health effects are actually all in the head of the complainants, a finding with strong repercussions for Canada. Led by Simon Chapman of the University of Sydney, the researchers examined records of complaints about all of Australia’s 49 wind farms, dating […]
In 2008, the esteemed Al Gore told Obama he should demand that the US move to 100 per cent renewables within ten years. We’re five years on now, but let’s pretend that Obama is just getting around to this memo on his list of things to do. “Oh darn,” he says to […]