Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

'Money Laundering' claim irks green groups

MONTREAL - Environmental groups in Quebec and across Canada are accusing the federal government of engaging in a kind of McCarthyism, painting environmentalists as terrorists and criminals in a bid to discredit and silence critics.

“This is a sustained campaign,” said Steven Guilbeault of the Montreal-based environmental organization Équiterre. “They have been talking about it since January; comparing environmental groups to terrorists, radicals, and money launderers. If I had more money, I would take the minister to court for defamation.”

Guilbeault was responding to various statements by Conservative politicians, including Environment Minister Peter Kent’s recent comments on CBC accusing unnamed environmental organizations of money laundering.

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ABCs of subsidies

The Ontario Green Energy Act was passed only three years ago. In that short period, thousands of jobs have been created and hundreds of megawatts of capacity built. In that time, a nuclear power plant would have been nothing more than a big hole in the ground with seven more years of construction before it.

I fail to understand why subsidies for nuclear power topping $60-billion and rising are good and paying a premium for green power is bad.

Sierra Club Canada

Peace Out, playing at Toronto's Hot Docs festival!

Peace Out, the award winning documentary hailed by critics as “… not just another environmental movie…”, “a thoughtful, clear-eyed exploration of an issue that always ends in costs, trade-offs, and least-bad options”  and “a generously inquisitive film, made with an open mind and a fierce sense of commitment”  is coming to Toronto’s Hot Docs Film Festival next week.
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Conference at Univeristy of Toronto April 20-21: The Nuclear Industry in the 21st Century: How We Got Here

Nuclear International Research Group (NIRG) Workshop: The Nuclear Industry in
the 21st Century: How We Got Here
April 21-22, 2012

http://niche-canada.org/files/pdf/NIRGworkshop-program.pdf
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Sierra Club Director, John Bennet quoted in Reuters article on the topic of our governments efforts with regards to greenhouse emissions.

UPDATE 1-New data shows Canada to miss emissions goal -greens

* Emission figures signal targeted cut will be hard to hit

* Emissions grew by 0.25 pct in 2010, economy by 3.2 percent

* Government says economic recovery is the priority (Recasts lead, adds reaction, details, background)

By David Ljunggren

OTTAWA, April 11 (Reuters) - Although Canada's output of greenhouse gases was almost unchanged in 2010 from 2009, the major oil producer will find it tough to meet its 2020 emissions-cut target, government figures signaled on Wednesday.

Conservative government officials hailed the data, which showed emissions in Canada rose by just 0.25 percent in 2010 from the year before, hitting 692 megatons. The economy grew by 3.2 percent in the same period.... Read more »

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