Archive for August, 2010

Another Nuclear Folly

Friday, August 20th, 2010

The refurbishment of New Brunswick’s 680 MW Candu reactor, it’s only one, is in trouble. There are three things that we can count on. Death, taxes, and nuclear cost overruns.

Ground Mount Compromise

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

Wow. The Ontario Power Authority, no doubt pushed by their political masters, backed down. They have announce a new compromise on pricing for small scale (<10 KW) ground mounted solar. The new price will be 64.2 cents/kWh, down from the original 80.2 cents, but up from the 58.8 cents announced earlier. But most importantly they will honour the original proposed price of 80.2 cents for all those who had submitted applications before the price change.

Moscow Smoke

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The smoke has finally cleared from Moscow, after days of smog caused by forest and peat fires from their record hot summer. Air pollution during the crisis has been at 3 times higher than the acceptable level. And the death rate has doubled. The city’s morgues are close to full. If ever there was concrete evidence that smog kills, this is it.

Climate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

James Hoggan and Richard Littlemore have written a powerful book exposing the efforts of the fossil industries to confuse the public and policy makers about the science of climate change. After all, if there is scientific doubt about climate change – either the causes, or the effects – then we don’t really have to do anything, do we? “This is a story of betrayal, a story of selfishness, greed, and irresponsibility on an epic scale.” The book exposes the public relations techniques used, the players, and the funding. It is a warning to all about media manipulation, and it is a lesson in public relations.