Big wind 2.0

2014_05140222London Free Press, John Miner
Ontario has rewritten the rules for its next round of wind farms, but will that end the high-voltage backlash the projects have sparked in rural Southwestern Ontario and elsewhere? John Miner reports.
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Chalk one up for small-town Ontario. Dismissed, ignored, stripped of control, defeated before tribunals, blocked in the courts — when it comes to giant wind farms built to generate power, rural Ontario has been on a long losing streak. Until now. Powerless for years to stop the wind farms, as the Liberal government plunged headlong into green energy with 2009 legislation that seized control from municipalities over where the highrise-sized turbine towers could be built, many of those same areas are finding the rules of the game have changed.

For starters, wind energy companies will have to buy peace to win new contracts, getting local communities — many of them deeply polarized by past projects — on board. Gone, too, are the sweetheart deals that paid companies far more to generate power than consumers paid, piling up more red ink in a province that hasn’t balanced its books in years. Instead, wind companies will have to bid on price.

And with Ontario’s next round of energy contracts this fall amounting to only 300 megawatts, enough to power about 90,000 homes, competition will be fierce and fought over a much smaller share of the spoils. Wind power generates only a fraction of Ontario’s juice, but its political voltage has loomed large for years, especially in wind-swept Southwestern Ontario’s farm belt where many wind farms have sprouted. Read full article

NEW PROPOSALS

Among those vying for the next round of contracts:

NextEra Energy

  • Hardy Creek Wind Energy Centre: (Middlesex and Lambton counties); up to 50 turbines, 100 megawatts (MW)
  • Northpoint 1 Wind Energy Centre: (Eastern Ontario): Township of North Frontenac, 35 to 50 turbines, 150 MW
  • Northpoint 2 Wind Energy Centre: (Eastern Ontario) Townships of Addington Highlands and North Frontenac, 35 to 100 turbines, 200 MW

Kruger Energy 

  • 30- to 40-MW project, 10 to 15 wind turbines, on existing Port Alma and Chatham wind farms.

Invenergy

  • Strong Breeze Wind Project, in Dutton-Dunwich Township in Elgin Country, 60 MW
  • Nine Mile Wind Farm, in Eastern Ontario South Dundas, 50 to 90 MW

Suncor

  • Nauvoo Wind Power Project, 75 megawatts, Townships of Warwick and Brooke-Alvinston, Lambton County

EDF-EN Canada

  • Churchill wind project, 100 to 150 MW, in Enniskillen and Plympton-Wyoming, Lambton

Capstone Infrastructure Corp.

  • Erie Shores Wind Farm 2, up to 70 MW, within Township of Malahide and Bayham, Elgin

Enerfin Canada

  • Sydenham Wind Power Project, Brooke-Alvinston and Enniskillen Townships, Lambton, up to 100 MW

WPD Canada

  • Silver Centre Wind Project, West Timiskaming District, up to 120 MW

SWEP Development LP

  • Meadowvale Wind Farm, south of Wallaceburg, Chatham-Kent, 18 to 19 MW
  • Clachan Wind Farm, north of Duart, Chatham-Kent, 9 to 15 MW
  • Duart Wind Farm, west of Duart, 8-9 MW
  • Townsend Wind Farm, north of Jarvis, Haldimand County, 6-7 MW

57 thoughts on “Big wind 2.0

  1. Combine high labour costs, high energy costs, cap-and-trade and these combined costs will just about finish off manufacturing in Ontario.

    Manufacturers can use low wages alone to offset the cost of “carbon credits” available in other countries and still make profits.

    Ford, Toyota and Goodyear all building plants in Mexico.

    Ontario’s surplus power will continue to be exported.

  2. Trocaire, Ireland

    “Meeting the Challenge of Climate Justice From Evidence to Action, Co.Kildare, June 22-23, 2015

    Keynote speakers included:
    Mary Robinson
    Bill Mckibben
    Lorna Gold

    Trocaire is a member of CIDSE along with Canada and the U.S. CIDSE organized the Rome, July 2-3, 2015 meeting which included Naomi Klein, Mary Robinson and Lorna Gold.

    Klein and McKibben are leaders of 350.org who were in Toronto July 5, 2015

    http://www.trocaire.org/climate-justice-2015

  3. RedStar, July 15, 2015

    ‘Billionaires Use Environmental Movement to Profit Handily’

    Billionaires have hyjacked the environmental movement to line their own pockets.

    http://www.redstate.com/search/billionaires+use+environmental+movement+profit+handily

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    BlueGreen Alliance Board:

    Leo W. Gerard, Co-chair. & USW International
    Michael Brune, Co-chair & Executive Director Sierra Club U.S.

    IWTs and solar panels require loads of steel.

    http://www.bluegreenalliance.org/about/board-of-directors

  4. Examiner, July 10, 2015

    ‘EPA: We don’t need to justify our regulations to avert warming .01 degree’

    From U.S. Congressional testimony:

    Rep. Smith, “it would only lower global temperatures by 1/100 of a degree”

    EPA McCarthy: ” the goal of the Clean Power Plan was to show strong domestic action, which can trigger global action, getting other countries to follow our lead”

    Link to this article is at:
    http://www.judithcurry.com/2015/07/11/week-in-review-energy-and-policy-edition-3/

    There is also a video of McCarthy’s testimony online.

    • Update!
      July 17, 2015

      EPA’s Gina McCarthy: Why does anybody want to look @ our secrets?
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      EPA ‘secret science’ under the microscope as GOP lawmakers seek ban

      ‘[excerpt] The Environmental Protection Agency for years has issued costly clean air rules based, in part, on two ’90s-era studies linking air pollution with death.

      But, critics say, the same agency has stymied efforts to access the data behind them. The transparency concerns have Republican lawmakers on a new campaign to end the use of what they dub “secret science.”

      “Why would the EPA want to hide this information from the American people?” House science committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, asked EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy at a hearing last week.

      Smith is among those pushing legislation to bar the use of “secret science” for EPA regulations — namely, Clean Air Act rules that Republicans say are based on research hidden from public view. The bill has passed the House and now awaits action on the Senate floor.

      “The most expensive rules coming out of the EPA rely on secret science,” Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), said in a statement to FoxNews.com. “Americans deserve to have access to technical information and data being used to develop EPA rules that significantly impact their daily lives.”

      For its part, the EPA has argued that releasing the data could compromise confidential personal information, and that it didn’t have access to all the research anyway, among other issues. The agency made an effort to contact the original institutions behind the studies in 2013, but Republicans say they again would not hand over everything.

      During last week’s hearing, McCarthy questioned why lawmakers have focused on this — and why anyone would want to seek out this kind of granular information.’
      http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/07/17/gop-lawmakers-aim-to-end-epas-use-secret-science/

  5. I was discussing the unrecognized liabilities of the wind energy industry with a Suncor shareholder (big stakes) last year. We were talking about fraud, and the inability of IWT to reduce pollution emissions, or prevent the climate from changing. The shareholder seemed well-prep’d and quickly retorted that the contracts upon which these projects are based, were doled out by the provincial government, in part to foster “a new industry”. That has happened, and so, the projects have delivered; therefore, not fraud, was his position.

    But when we were talking about the liabilities that developers & operators and others would be forced to confront pertaining to injury and environmental damage etc caused by these projects, and the catastrophic effects this could have on enterprises, and my concern for shareholders like him, his nonchalant response was, “oh, they’ll probably settle for $3 or $4 BILLION and that’ll be it.”

    He may have grossly under-estimated the liability, but nonetheless, the ethics of costing out and profiting from others’ demise is “unjust”, to say the least.

    Not sure whether all Suncor shareholders are as well-versed as this one, but some might be shocked to find out what the directors & officers have been up to. Check out the documents, newspaper articles, and Hansard transcripts compiled here: http://docuse.wordpress.com/gagged

    and watch Carmen Krogh’s presentation a few weeks ago at IdeaCity,
    http://www.ideacityonline.com/video/carmen-krogh-wind-turbines-can-harm-humans/
    where she describes the experience of one young family, billeted at a motel by the wind turbine operating company. The young mother gave birth and had to “return home” to a motel room, because returning to their family home would have been hazardous to their health.

    How much was the baby compensated?

    • Minister of Environment:
      ‘[excerpt] Ms. Laurel C. Broten: Thank you for your pres-entation today. I am sorry that the wind farm has caused you these health issues and has caused grief for your families.‘

  6. MY World Analytics, 2015

    ‘Peoples Voices Challenge’ poll supported by the UN and ODI

    Last count: 7,680,506 votes from around the world.

    Action on Climate Change is in last place of concerns.
    Among Medium to Highly Developed counties, Action on Climate Change is very low among peoples’ concerns.

    http://data.myworld2015.org

    You can vote at this website.

    Website has nice graphs to display this information.

    • Remember back about 3 years ago when OWR posters were speculating about when the power grid in Gr. Britain could go down?

      NOTE, COP 21 will be held in France which has nuclear power.

  7. Climate Change | Climate Crisis

    Corruption Charges | Corruption Crisis

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    “Is the climate crisis creating a global consciousness shift?”
    By David Suzuki
    Published Tuesday, July 21, 2015 by the Simcoe Reformer (Norfolk County, Ontario)
    Page A4, COMMENT

    ‘When an assassin killed Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria in 1914, no one called it the start of the First World War. That happened years later, after the implications, consequences and scale of the response could be assessed. It’s often the way. That’s why historians are important; they put events in context.

    Similarly, I doubt anyone knew how our world would change after Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak built their first computer in Jobs’ parents’ garage in 1975.

    In 1988, when climate scientist James Hansen testified in Washington that human-caused global warming was kicking in, people might have been excused for failing to grasp the significance of his early warning. But there’s no excuse for humanity’s subsequent dismissal and denial of the reality of his statements and the deliberate, aggressive opposition to any action to reduce the threat.

    For years, environmentalists have called for an urgent response to runaway climate change. Evidence has poured in from around the world to corroborate Hansen’s conclusions from melting glaciers, sea level rise and ocean acidification to increasing extreme weather events and changes in animal and plant behaviour and ranges.

    Despite the evidence, few governments have taken the necessary steps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Instead of listening to scientists and citizens, many leaders have chosen to heed the fossil fuel industry’s massive PR machine and right-wind ideologues who see the call for global action as a socialist threat to capitalism.

    There has been progress, at national and subnational levels, and among forward-thinking corporations and organizations. Some, like the commitment by countries including Denmark and Germany to reduce dependence on fossil fuels after the 1973 Arab oil embargo, were in response to markets rather than the climate crisis, but it positioned them well as evidence for climate change mounted.

    More recently, people on the frontlines of climate change such as Pacific Islanders and Inuit have warned of the changes they’re experiencing. The insurance industry and a number of corporations have called for action, with some, like Tesla, designing solutions. But many in the media and government continue to downplay the problem.

    I’ve been astounded by the lack of response over the years, but I’ll go out on a limb and suggest a shift is now taking place. Although we may not recognize its significance without the benefit of hindsight, we appear to be in the early stages of something huge.

    Even some news outlets are shifting. The U.K.’s Guardian decided earlier this year to increase its coverage of climate change, going so far as to encourage divestment from the fossil fuel industry. The New York Times decided to use the more accurate term “denier” rather than “skeptic” to refer to those who reject the overwhelming evidence for human-caused climate change.

    People power is another sign of the growing shift: 400,000 at the largest climate march in history in New York in September, with 2,646 simultaneous marches in 162 countries; an unprecedented gathering of 25,000 in Quebec City in advance of a premiers’ climate change summit in April; and more than 10,000 in Toronto (including me) on July 5 for the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in advance of the Climate Summit of the Americas.

    When Pope Francis reached beyond the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics to call for action on climate change, his message was endorsed by other religious leaders and organizations, including the Dalai Lama, the Islamic Society of North America, an influential group of Jewish rabbis and the Church of England.

    Beyond visible evidence of the increasing willingness to meet the challenge of global warming, one of the biggest signs of a shift has been the almost unnoticed but spectacular increase in renewable energy investment in countries like the U.S., Brazil and China.

    It’s easy for governments and industry to prioritize corporate profits and short-term gain over the best interests of complacent citizens. But when enough people demand action, take to the streets, write to business, political and religious leaders and talk to friends and family, change starts happening. We never know how big it will be until it’s occurred – but this time, it looks like it could monumental! Let’s hope so.

    Written with contributions by Ian Hanington’

  8. “Climate change is real: Mayors”
    By Nicole Winfield | Associated Press
    Published in the Simcoe Reformer (Norfolk County, Ontario)
    Wednesday, July 22, 2015
    Page B6 WORLD NEWS

    ‘CONFERENCE: Pope has ‘a lot of hope’ Paris negotiations will succeed

    VATICAN CITY – Dozens of mayors from around the world, including Vancouver, demanded Tuesday that their national leaders take bold steps at the Paris climate talks this year, saying that could be the last chance to keep the Earth’s warming to levels still safe for humanity.

    One by one, some of the 60 mayors invited to a two-day Vatican conference lined up to sign a final declaration stating that “human-induced climate change is a scientific reality and its effective control is a moral imperative for humanity.”

    Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, the only Canadian mayor who is part of the gathering, signed the declaration.

    The mayors were aiming to keep the pressure on world leaders ahead of the Paris negotiations in December. Pope Francis last month released an environmental encyclical that denounced what he calls a fossil fuel-based world economy that exploits the poor and destroys the Earth.

    Francis told the gathering Tuesday that he had “a lot of hope” that the Paris negotiations would succeed, but also told the mayors: “You are the conscience of humanity.”

    Experts have long said that cities are key to reducing global warming since urban areas account for nearly three-quarters of human emissions. Mayor after mayor made an individual plea Tuesday at the conference for the world to change its ways.

    Drawing rousing applause, California Gov. Jerry Brown denounced global warming deniers who he said are “bamboozling” the public and politicians with false information to persuade them that the world isn’t getting warmer.

    Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, urged the mayors to not be complacent in opposing climate deniers. California has enacted the toughest greenhouse gas emissions standards in North America.

    “We have a very powerful opposition that, at least in my country, spends billions on trying to keep from office people such as yourselves and elect troglodytes and other deniers of the obvious science,” he said.

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new greenhouse gas emissions targets for the Big Apple – committing the city to reducing its emissions 40 per cent by 2030 – and urged other cities to follow suit.

    “The Paris summit is just months away,” De Blasio said. “We need to see it as the finish line of a sprint, and take every local action we can in the coming months to maximize the chance that our national governments will act boldly.” De Blasio is a founding member of an alliance of world cities that have committed to reducing emissions 80 per cent by 2050 or sooner.

    Robertson, the Vancouver mayor, called Blasio [sic] and Brown’s speeches “powerful addresses” in a tweet sent early Tuesday, adding that California and New York City were demonstrating “crucial climate leadership.”

    He also tweeted: “Honoured to sign joint declaration for climate action with @ Pontifex + global mayors.”

    San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee also announced new measures, saying the city that takes its name from the Pope’s nature-loving namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, would transition its municipal fleet of fire trucks, buses and trucks from petroleum diesel to renewable energy sources by the end of the year.

    Stockholm Mayor Karin Wanngard said the Paris climate talks must take fossil fuels off the table and focus instead on renewable energy sources.

    “Climate negotiators must dare to push boundaries and exclude fossil fuels as an option and reward solutions that are long-term sustainable and renewable,” she said.

    Stockholm is one of the world’s leaders in using renewable energy sources, with 75 per cent of the city’s public transport network running on renewable energy. Wanngard’s goal is to make the Swedish capital fossil fuel-free by 2040.

    The climax of Tuesday’s inaugural session was the afternoon audience with Francis, who has become a hero to the environmental movement and has used his moral authority and enormous popularity to focus world attention on climate change and its effects on the poor.

    Francis’ other main priority has been to raise awareness about human trafficking.

    The Vatican conference is aimed at showing how both are related: The exploitation of the Earth and its most vulnerable people, with global warming often responsible for creating “environmental refugees” forced to flee homes because of drought or other climate-induced natural disasters.’

    • Nothing said about former NYC Mayor Bloomberg and his role and money in getting big city mayors on-board for the climate change agenda?

      Nothing said about the increased incidence of Valley Fever in the California desert areas where wind and solar projects have been installed? Plus all the other environmental damage?

      Nothing said about the 700,000 manufacturing jobs loss in California which is related to higher energy costs. All just collateral damage!

      One would think that the MSM would be ashamed of publishing stuff like this.

  9. Al Gore, delusional, treats CBC viewers like you’re stupid

    “Al Gore on climate change, relying on oil & putting a price on carbon”
    Posted on Jul 10th, 2015
    The National

    http://www.cbc.ca/television/posts/al-gore-on-climate-change-relying-on-oil-putting-a-price-on-carbon

    “In a CBC exclusive, former U.S. president Al Gore talks about the economic opportunities as the world fights climate change.

    Gore talks about whether Canada is providing enough leadership when it comes to the environment, whether we’re relying too much on oil, and the idea of putting a price on carbon.

    He says governments don’t have to choose between economic growth and helping the environment.

    Gore says there is enormous economic potential in the growth of renewable energy, as the cost of things like wind and solar power is dropping much faster than anyone expected.”

    • The reason CBC gives voice to Al Gore is;
      – he was – ‘president’ – of the United States?
      Hahahahahahahaha……hahahahahahahahaha…….

      Looking for correction from the CBC…….
      hahahahahahahaha…….hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha……

      CBC should be defunded – of tax dollars……
      – period!
      Let them make it on their own – in the free market.
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      Blittersdorf and Gore – ‘exclusive’
      should book their ‘massages’ together!
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      Green-energy CEO: Vermonters must abandon the car, embrace renewable energy future

      ‘[excerpt] NO MORE SUVs: Gov. Peter Shumlin and other Vermonters will have to give up their SUVs and other vehicles as Vermont ramps up renewables to achieve mandates set by Act 56, according to the state’s leading green-industry mogul.’

      ‘[excerpt] Now that Vermont has a mandate to get 75 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2032, residents will have to ditch automobiles and embrace a whole new way of life, the state’s top renewable energy CEO says.

      “We’re probably going to have to abandon the car,” David Blittersdorf, president of All Earth Renewables, told Addison County Democrats in a recent presentation titled “Vermont’s Renewable Energy Future.”

      Blittersdorf, the entrepreneur arguably responsible for the Green Mountain State’s transition to an energy policy opposed to oil, coal, nuclear and natural gas, says Vermonters face big changes as Act 56 kicks in.

      “The car has been our No. 1 reason we consume so much energy. Suburbia is built around the car; our highway system is heavily subsidized around the car. It takes a lot of energy to run a car-centric system,” he said in the hour-long presentation captured on YouTube.

      In the new green Vermont, where renewables-based electricity will power nearly all human activities, people will have new lifestyles. Vermonters accustomed to driving will have to seek out mass transit; homes heated by oil and propane will require conversion to solar, wood and biomass sources aided by heat pumps; even air transit will diminish.’

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      ‘[excerpt] John McClaughry, founder and vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute, said Act 56 will enrich renewable energy CEOs like Blittersdorf and hurt average Vermonters.

      “For years (Blittersdorf) has been advocating for regulations, subsidies and taxes to stamp out fossil fuels and replace them with the energy solutions he is in business to profit from. That, of course, requires eliminating energy-intensive fuels in favor of energy-diffuse fuels like wind and solar,” McClaughry said.

      “The most energy-intensive fuel is nuclear, which emits almost none of the carbon pollution that Mr. Blittersdorf wants to end. But he opposes nuclear energy, which is a threat to the high-cost and intermittent renewable energy products he is promoting.”

      For Blittersdorf, the state has no option but to abandon fossil fuels, which, he claims, have reached their maximum extraction potential. He says Vermont must be the example to the world, even though the state emits the least CO2 of any state in the nation.

      “Vermont is in an ideal place: we’re a small state, we have low population density, and we have resources. We have the wind, sun and hydro. We can be the example for the rest of the United States and a large part of the world,” he said. “If we can’t make renewables work here, I don’t think anybody can. We have to be the leader.”’
      http://watchdog.org/230815/vermonters-must-abandon-the-car/

      • “Low population density”?? Something like rural Ontario?? When does “mass transit” come to rural areas of Ontario? Is Winnie the Puke thinking about that? Next idea… Make ALL Ontario roads toll roads to discourage commuting?

      • EIA/U.S. Energy Information

        With the shut down of Vermont’s Yankee Nuclear Plant at the end of 2014, Vermont lost 55% of its electricity generating capacity and the source of more than 70% of its net generation in recent years.

        http://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=VT

        Now Vermont needs cap-and trade?

      • Growing Mexico! – while the rest of us – ‘conserve energy’
        – to save the planet –
        ….with wind turbines and solar panels;
        building a corrupt ‘green’ economy!
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        Kathleen Wynne’s – ‘climate justice’…….and you can have
        ‘social justice’ –
        – under a liberal government too.

        Oh yeah – about the Wynne (throw it on) sweater [maybe that’s why she’s going to communist China;
        sweaters by the lb.]……hahahahahahaha!
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        Mexico’s energy ministry projects rapid near-term growth of natural gas imports from U.S.
        http://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.cfm?id=16471

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        The Gas All Went To Mexico—Moving U.S. Gas South Of The Border

        ‘[excerpt] For now, Mexico, (whose 2014 gas demand averaged 7.2 Bcf/d) is focused on maintaining its sagging domestic gas production (4.4 Bcf/d last year), and on developing the gas pipelines it needs to import increasing volumes of U.S.-sourced gas and move it south to population and industrial centers, where Mexico’s state-owned Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) and independent power companies are developing thousands of megawatts (MW) of gas-fired generating capacity to support a growing economy.’
        https://rbnenergy.com/the-gas-all-went-to-mexico-moving-us-gas-south-of-the-border

        p.s. Why is the United Nations is so critical of Canada
        and Stephen Harper conservatives?

        p.p.s. United Nations – support the liberals!
        Why is that?

        Election Year Canada!
        Piss of the United Nations!
        Vote Conservative!
        October 19, 2015

      • The U. Mass. analysis of the economic effects of closing down a power plant affects a region. The regional employment and social effects of plant closures can also be seen from this report.

        This same type of analysis can be done for any plant or business closings..

        This report can be used to show people how an analysis is done and what to expect when closures become known and it’s easy to read.

      • Bolster Up!

        Nuclear Power in France

        (Updated 28 July 2015)

        France derives about 75% of its electricity from nuclear energy, due to a long-standing policy based on energy security. This share is to be reduced to 50% by 2025.

        France is the world’s largest net exporter of electricity due to its very low cost of generation, and gains over €3 billion per year from this.
        France has been very active in developing nuclear technology.

        Reactors and fuel products and services are a major export.

        It is building its first Generation III reactor.
        About 17% of France’s electricity is from recycled nuclear fuel.
        http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Country-Profiles/Countries-A-F/France/
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        Bolstering Success in Paris

        The Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF15); the largest business-focused side event held during the annual Conference of Parties (COP), will take place again in 2015 on 7-8 December at the Stade de France in the Le Bourget area of Paris.

        Convening 750+ cross-sector participants from business, Government, investors, UN, NGO and civil society during COP21, SIF15 will be an unparalleled opportunity to bolster business innovation in the climate change arena. Building on year-round work from Climate Action and UNEP, the expanded 2 day Sustainable Innovation Forum 2015 will accelerate international sustainable development and bring scale to low carbon innovation.
        http://www.cop21paris.org/

    • Power Magazine, Feb.7, 2014

      ‘Without San Onofre, Drought Stricken Calif. Is Crippled by Natural Gas Shortages’

      “A natural gas shortage triggered by extreme cold weather in much of the U.S. and Canada has affected supplies to power plants in drought-stricken California and forced the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on Thursday to issue a conservation alert.”

      http://www.powermag.com/without-san-onofre-drought-stricken-calif-is-crippled-by-natural-gas-shortage

    • Energy Institute At HAAS, May 15, 2015

      ‘Market Impacts of a Nuclear Power Plant Closure’

      Introduction:

      The closure of San Onofre/SONGS increased the CO2 emissions by 9 million tons in the first twelve months or putting 2 million additional cars on the road.

      Also known as a second-order impact on the market.

      http://ei.haas.berkeley.edu/research/papers/WP248.pdf

      Wikipedia has a summary of what the other “mechanical” problems were with this plant.

      Closing nuclear power plants is great for the carbon trading markets.

    • Kathleen Wynne – to tour California then communist China;
      – Autumn trip!
      You’re paying for it!
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      Yes – Green
      [we’re talking about drought, and the smelt – the fish; not really endangered]

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      California’s Green Drought [man made hahaha]
      How bad policies are compounding the state’s water shortage.

      ‘[excerpt] Even in dry years, hundreds of thousands of acre feet of runoff are flushed into San Francisco Bay to protect fish in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

      During the last two winters amid the drought, regulators let more than 2.6 million acre-feet out into the bay. The reason: California lacked storage capacity north of the delta, and environmental rules restrict water pumping to reservoirs south. After heavy rains doused northern California this February, the State Water Resources Control Board dissipated tens of thousands of more acre-feet. Every smelt matters.
      http://www.wsj.com/articles/californias-green-drought-1428271308

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      How Can A Nation Awash In Natural Gas Have Shortages? And What To Do About It.

      ‘excerpt] The United States is supposed to be awash in natural gas. At 80 billion cubic feet per day we’ve never produced more of the stuff than we do right now. Natural gas is supposed to be our energy savior, allowing this power-hungry but environmentally conflicted country to mothball coal-fired power plants and shut down nuclear reactors.

      And yet, across the country the extreme cold has created such high demand for natural gas that outright shortages have emerged.

      This near-crisis is keeping the common folk shivering, the regulators reaching for the aspirin, and some smart hedge funds (like Houston’s Goldfinch Capital) counting their profits.

      First, the problems:’
      http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2014/02/08/how-can-a-nation-awash-in-natural-gas-have-shortages-and-what-to-do-about-it/
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      Note: Richmond Hill city council banned “O Canada” because it contains the word “God.”

      Welcome to Liberal Ontario!

      I like shopping – and wine!
      and Loblaws is closing 52 stores [hahahahahahaha];
      but where?

    • Show up from Vermont in Toronto a couple of weeks ago where 55% of their electricity supply was shut down and where there are natural gas pipeline constraints in New England that limit the supply of gas for electricity production and mouth-off about what a great job is being done in Vermont.

      Green state indeed! And the MSM never questions anything energy related?

  10. May 22, 2015
    “How much dirtier can Kathleen Wynne get?” Premier blocks TVO documentary about her

    It’s not wrong when Liberals do it! Ontario’s Liberal premier is blocking the release of a documentary that is critical of her.
    http://www.therebel.media/_how_much_dirtier_can_kathleen_wynne_get

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    Note: Richmond Hill city council banned “O Canada” because it contains the word “God.”

    Welcome to Liberal Ontario!

    • I wonder if they will have a ‘farmer’s market’?
      Of course they will – it’s France!

      Think Global – Buy Local

    • Some interesting connections:

      The Guardian, Oct.8, 2006

      Louise Blouin MacBain’s, ex wife of John McCall MacBain, sister, Helene, married Paul Desmarais, Jr.

      MacBain is Chair. of Trudeau Foundation Board and on the Board of the European Climate Foundation. MacBain is from Niagara Falls, ON. Used to work for Power Corp. Canada run by the Desmarais family.

      http://www.the guardian.com/artanddesign/2006/oct/08/art1

      Other connections as well.

    • All Politics – are Local Politics

      ‘[excerpt] Because so many of the prob­lems and solu­tions being addressed by Agenda 21 have their roots in local activ­i­ties, the par­tic­i­pa­tion and coop­er­a­tion of local author­i­ties will be a deter­min­ing fac­tor in ful­fill­ing its objec­tives. Local author­i­ties con­struct, oper­ate and main­tain eco­nomic, social and envi­ron­men­tal infra­struc­ture, over­see plan­ning processes, estab­lish local envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions, and assist in imple­ment­ing national and sub­na­tional envi­ron­men­tal poli­cies. As the level of gov­er­nance clos­est to the peo­ple, they play a vital role in edu­cat­ing, mobi­liz­ing and respond­ing to the pub­lic to pro­mote sus­tain­able development.

      Agenda 21, para­graph 28.1

      We adopt the enabling strat­egy and the prin­ci­ples of part­ner­ship and par­tic­i­pa­tion as the most demo­c­ra­tic and effec­tive approach for the real­iza­tion of our com­mit­ments. Recog­nis­ing local author­i­ties as our clos­est and essen­tial part­ners in the imple­men­ta­tion of the Habi­tat Agenda, we must, within the legal frame­work of each coun­try, pro­mote decen­tral­i­sa­tion through demo­c­ra­tic local author­i­ties and work to strengthen their finan­cial and insti­tu­tional capac­i­ties in accor­dance with the con­di­tions of coun­tries, while ensur­ing their trans­parency, account­abil­ity and respon­sive­ness to the needs of peo­ple, which are key require­ments for Gov­ern­ments at all levels.’
      http://agenda21news.com/2014/07/local-government-implementation-agenda-21/
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      Yes – you can volunteer @ the local level of government
      to implement
      Agenda 21 aka Smart Growth aka Kyoto Protocol aka Sustainable Development

      Liberals have their majority government –
      – till 2018 – that sucks!

      Welcome to a ‘fair and just’ Ontario;
      if you understood it – you would love it!
      Ugh!

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