Fighting for the Environment in Canada and U.S.

March 28, 2009 at 12:25 pm | Posted in environment | Leave a comment

How Aboot Using BC’s Beetle Infested Trees for Biofuel?

“Clean Coal” World Coal Reserves Could Be a Fraction of Previous Estimates:

Fights against new hydro and wind plants set back the fight against climate change:

Ontario joins the movement to make lawn and gardens green:

Alberta Utilities Commission approves 1,000 MW wind farm transmission line:

Fed govn to inject money into cash-strapped Canada-led UN water program:

Obama confident US will have cap-and-trade law:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tries to Flex it’s Legal Musculs:

The Environmental Protection Agency may have a new tool in its arsenal to fight global warming. The agency has submitted a proposal to the Obama administration which aims to list carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses as pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said on Tuesday it has the legal power to block permits for so-called mountaintop coal mines, a move that could affect hundreds of mining operations.

UPDATE: The EPA Does Halt ‘Hundreds’ of Mountaintop Mining Permits

Electric cars will not help solve traffic congestion: So says Stephen Ree

Electric cars – with energy from renewable resources – are going to be one essential component of weaning the world off fossil fuels. But just as every other solution, it will not be the magic bullet that solves every problem. The land use we now have was designed and built around mass car ownership – as was the transport infrastructure – and that will be with us for a long time after fossil fuel has become rare, expensive and socially unacceptable. There are going to be all sorts of bumps along that road – and in some places low density suburbs will be slums – or even deserted and torn down to be replaced with windfarms – or maybe even real farms.

Cars are also not going to be as welcome in urban environments – even if they are zero emission. Because cities are for people not their mobility devices. And since many of us still have legs that work (and of course we must make better provisions for those that don’t) we will be using those a lot more in future – because that will help us keep healthy and also produces a better social environment. There is no sociability in a traffic jam.

For the money to be spent on the Port Mann Bridge, we could have a “light rail metropolis”:

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