Canada’s clean energy future must include nuclear

Ignoring its potential would be a missed opportunity

Canada’s clean energy future must include nuclearIn 1950, Canada faced a difficult choice between the desire to be a leader in the development of nuclear energy technology and the fear that such technology would bring the end of the world a little closer. Despite concerns related to the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Canada elected to be in the vanguard. As…

It’s not easy being green but we can get there

Wind and solar power won't magically eliminate the threats to our environment

It’s not easy being green but we can get thereBaruch Spinoza, a 17th-century philosopher, said the future and anything we can say about it is imaginary. He was right. Despite our best efforts to foresee what the future will bring, we really don’t know what is forthcoming until the future becomes the present. The challenge of climate change has focused our attention on what…

Regulatory quicksand holds back clean tech in Alberta

Sitting on an enormous economic opportunity that could address current financial and environmental issues and help diversify the economy

Regulatory quicksand holds back clean tech in AlbertaWith Alberta’s economy still sputtering and not expected to rebound until 2023, the knowledge that we are sitting on an enormous economic opportunity is music to the ears of most Albertans. The fact that this opportunity not only addresses current financial and environmental issues but also helps diversify the energy sector is a veritable symphony.…

Canadian briefs U.S. policy-makers on removing CO2 from atmosphere

U of A scientist co-led expert panel on mineral carbonation, briefed U.S. congressional staff on opportunities in the United States

Canadian briefs U.S. policy-makers on removing CO2 from atmosphereA scientist at the University of Alberta is lending her expertise on mineral carbonation to policy-makers in the United States in hopes of reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide on a mass scale. Sasha Wilson, an associate professor in the Faculty of Science, worked with the American non-profit Energy Futures Initiative (EFI). In December 2020, Wilson and her colleagues co-led…

Going green, one vehicle at a time

The fuel economy of today’s car is miles ahead of what it used to be but manufacturers aren't done yet

Going green, one vehicle at a timeArguably the biggest challenge facing automakers has to do with the environment: How to make their products more fuel efficient and cleaner running, while consuming fewer natural resources and leaving a smaller carbon footprint. Air conditioned seats, illuminated cup-holders, and cars that park themselves are fine and dandy, but people (and governments) want automobiles that…

With a little help, clean tech will revive Alberta’s economy

Let’s hope our government has the vision to ensure we make the most of this golden opportunity

With a little help, clean tech will revive Alberta’s economyAll the hand-wringing and anger over the way the Rest Of Canada treats Alberta and its oil and gas sector obscures the fact that some very, very interesting things are developing in clean technology. It seems that cynical Canadians both to the east and west of this province are too ready to dismiss claims that…

Fuel-cell vehicles poised to take drivers beyond batteries

Combining the best of both internal combustion engine (ICE) and battery electric (BEV) technology

Fuel-cell vehicles poised to take drivers beyond batteriesJust when you think you’ve settled on the perfect mate for your daily commute, a new love interest shows up. Canadians have slowly started to accept that electric vehicles (EV) will replace good old fashioned gasoline-powered cars as their daily driver. But industry leaders say EVs could eventually be eclipsed by a more convenient technology:…

Clean/green movement won’t transform the economy quickly

There are formidable technical and economic obstacles to replacing fossil fuels with other forms of energy

Clean/green movement won’t transform the economy quicklyWith the federal election fast approaching, we can expect to hear a lot about climate change, energy policy and how government can spur the development of a ‘low-carbon’ economy. These themes are central to the platforms of a number of the political parties contesting the election. The discussion of these topics takes place against the…

Are electric cars really a solution to the climate crisis?

There are serious social, economic and environmental costs to driving any kind of vehicle. We must consider the implications of every choice

Are electric cars really a solution to the climate crisis?American actress Alexandra Paul summarized the sentiment of much of the world when she said, “The cars we drive say a lot about us.” The climate crisis also says a lot about us as a society and one of greatest culprits related to that crisis is the automobile. As a result, many people are choosing…

New technology will make carbon tax obsolete

The free-market system, human ingenuity and investors and entrepreneurs seeking profits brought these ideas forth

New technology will make carbon tax obsoleteThe Canadian political scene has been riven and toxified by Ottawa’s plans to impose a tax on greenhouse gas emissions on all provinces lacking such a levy. The ostensible goal is to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and thus emit less carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4, the main component of natural gas and…