It’s the policy, stupid…

Did you know that during the first quarter of 2013, Portugal generated three-quarters of its electricity with renewable energy? And that in Germany not only one-fifth of all electricity was generated with renewables but also most of that came from wind and solar?

Last week, US renewable energy expert Paul Gipe published a very important analysis of the penetration of renewable energy into the electricity supply mix in 10 countries. It shows that there are already today some countries in Europe generating 100% of their electricity with renewable energy. [Read more →]

May 22, 2013   Comments Off on It’s the policy, stupid…

Who’s calling the shots? Over 1 million add their voices to Keystone XL decision-making process

It’s a busy time for Canada.

Over a million US citizens oppose the Keystone XL proposal © 350.org

No, I am not talking about the Leafs making it to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2004. I am referring to the continued – and ramped up – lobbying efforts of the federal government to sell the Albertan oil sands abroad. Federal Minister of Natural Resources Joe Oliver was in Brussels last week attempting to convince the EU to relax its categorisation of oil sands crude as “dirty”. Minister of Environment Peter Kent followed in his footsteps across the pond and is in London this week to push for the same thing. Oliver has already been to D.C. four times since the beginning of this year to lobby US senators and members of Congress to support the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. Even the Prime Minister is joining in: Stephen Harper is in New York this week to pitch the oil sands first to the Council of Foreign Relations and then to Wall Street.

Hey, big spender!

Because despite claiming to be a fiscally conservative government, and despite cutting federal spending in major programmes (science and research, public broadcasting, environmental protection, pensions, employment insurance, the arts), millions of taxpayer dollars have been allocated to oil sands promotion with no end in sight. [Read more →]

May 17, 2013   2 Comments