Energy

Painting of George Dempsey and Firpo match

The rich don’t understand we’re in an emergency. Or don’t care

Today is one of those days when I feel sucker-punched; more melancholy than angry, a little despairing at the contemptible cowardice of the rich and powerful men who run our banks and hence our lives. But they were frightened by Greta et al before they were frightened by Jim Jordan et al, so back to work.

February 27, 2024

Syncrude plant in Canada

A New Report Maps Canada’s ‘Daunting’ Path to Net-Zero Carbon

Canada’s road to net zero by 2050 will be bumpy, winding and “daunting.” That’s the mathematical conclusion of David Hughes, one of Canada’s foremost energy analysts, in a comprehensive new report for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives released today.

February 26, 2024

LNG planned protest groups

Has the White House Gone Green?

A mix of celebration and scrutiny has followed Biden’s announcement of a pause on LNG export approvals. Whether this dramatic policy shift was spurred more by dogged activism, desperate vote-seeking, saturated markets and pissed off gas execs, or simply by resource depletion, it is a win for frontline communities and the environmental justice movement.

February 23, 2024

Nissan Leaf battery pack

Inexhaustible Flows?

It should not be surprising that we have not yet been—and may never be—able to engineer long-term-sustainable modernity (i.e., high-tech). I strongly suspect that’s not even a thing. Why on Earth would we just assume that it’s possible?

February 21, 2024

megadam

Dam, Dam, Dam!: Is There a Place for Hydropower in a Warming World?

Hydropower won’t help solve the climate crisis, but new dam projects may lead to war over one thing key to our survival — access to fresh, clean water.

February 20, 2024

Onkalo nuclear waste storage facility in Finland

Nuclear Waste and the Polycrisis

The unique risk profile of nuclear wastes has therefore in recent decades compelled governments and other authorities to seek a remedial strategy which is commensurate with the challenge whilst also being effective,

February 20, 2024

New York City in smog

1963 Conference Put Carbon Dioxide and Climate Change in the Spotlight

At 9:30 am on March 12, 1963, in Room 1-B of Manhattan’s Rockefeller Institute, six experts gathered to discuss the implications of a newly identified atmospheric phenomenon: the rising level of carbon dioxide (CO2) caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

February 14, 2024

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