Citizen Action Monitor

Be wary of hype, Canadian cleantech companies not yet at a scale where they can be profitable

Although the industry produced $6.7 billion in export revenue in 2015, global market share fell 12% over 8-year span. No 1940 Posted by fw, April 21, 2017 ***** As far as … Continue reading

April 21, 2017

High cost of Wind and Solar energy is a “deal killer”, says Gail Tverberg

Wind and solar are like a high-cost placebo — people will think we are treating the problem. No 1884 Posted by fw, February 1, 2017 “In my opinion, the time has … Continue reading

February 1, 2017

Despite the hype, the US road to a carbon-zero energy economy is long and daunting

US now has 27.2 gigawatts of solar power = 1 million solar installations = power for 6 million homes = just 1 percent of electricity in the US. No 1687 … Continue reading

May 30, 2016

Our fossil fuel driven economic growth system is reaching limits, but in a way few understand

If we don’t understand the problem, there’s a risk the whole system will collapse, and renewables won’t save us. No 1636 Posted by fw, April 8, 2016 “People hate to think … Continue reading

April 8, 2016

Bill Rees’ Degrowth Vision – Planned descent toward socially just sustainability for all: Part 4

Degrowth, a steady-state solution is not new; it’s been around for at least 150 years. So, if we’re so smart, why hasn’t it penetrated the public policy domain? No 1553 … Continue reading

December 31, 2015

Renewable energy – Hope or hype?

“Renewable alternatives are simply not in the cards,” says Canadian ecological economist, Bill Rees No 1549 Posted by fw, December 27, 2015 “So, renewable alternatives are simply not in the … Continue reading

December 27, 2015

No time for small steps — We need to “leap” to the next economy, says Naomi Klein

Klein proposes a series interlocking policies to make the transformative leap. No 1448 Posted by fw, September 11, 2015 “I’ve been in rooms filled with incredible activists including here in Australia … Continue reading

September 11, 2015

Two green thumbs way up for Ecology Ottawa, host of panel discussion on transition to 100% renewable energy

Title of Sept. 16 event: Vancouver’s Green Revolution Comes to Ottawa! No 1434 Posted by fw, August 28, 2015 “The transition to 100% renewable energy means that we will stop using … Continue reading

August 28, 2015

Despite the hype, transitioning to renewable energy is likely to take decades

On the plus side, immediate radical reductions in energy use remains an effective way to reduce harmful emissions No 1354 Posted by fw, June 01, 2015 “…recent news items remind … Continue reading

June 1, 2015

Is climate movement in denial? — Renewables cannot sustain our Western growth-based consumer lifestyles

Alternative growth in the South requires degrowth in the North No 1351 Posted by fw, May 30, 2015 “To be able to successfully develop a different type of growth, the … Continue reading

May 30, 2015

Rapid developments in renewables signals movement toward a true-cost, steady state economy

Major added benefit — wind and solar technologies are proving to be big job creators No 1348 Posted by fw, May 25, 2015 “The global economy has run for a … Continue reading

May 25, 2015

Denmark’s promotion of a cost-free, business-as-usual switch to renewables is delusional

To date, increased efficiency in energy use hasn’t reduced carbon emissions No 1330 Posted by fw, May 10, 2015 “When we look past the cheerleading for a bright renewable future, … Continue reading

May 10, 2015

It’s inevitable that we will have less total energy in our renewable future, says Richard Heinberg

The fact is, “There’s just no good comprehensive renewable substitute for oil” No 1320 Posted by fw, April 27, 2015 “If we look realistically at the challenge, it seems inevitable … Continue reading

April 27, 2015

Will our energy future be fueled by fossils or by abundant, renewable wind and sunlight?

“The gap between our current way of life and one that can be sustained with future energy supplies is likely to be significant,” says Richard Heinberg No 1271 Posted by … Continue reading

March 3, 2015

“It is hard to create large enough quantities of new renewables. We have practically nowhere to go”

Gail Tverberg’s latest analysis of our energy options confirms difficult challenges ahead No 1255 Posted by fw, February 9, 2015 “Now we have practically nowhere to go. Natural gas cannot … Continue reading

February 9, 2015

Can we find a full-scale replacement for fossil fuels soon and sustain it indefinitely?

Given our pathetic historical track record for sustainable living, future prospects look bleak No 1202 Posted by fw, December 4, 2014 ‘Sustainability’ has become everyone’s favourite buzz word. But few … Continue reading

December 4, 2014

“At best, green solutions can help us avoid finite limits for a little while longer,” concludes expert analyst

The problem, says Gail Tverberg, is that statements about green energy are often overly optimistic No 1197 Posted by fw, November 22, 2014 “Expectations for wind and solar PV need … Continue reading

November 22, 2014

SHOCKER – Our only hope for a sustainable future is to return to a low-energy, low consumption, pre-1973 lifestyle

On closer inspection, many of the “great renewable energy successes” don’t look so great after all No 1195 Posted by fw, November 20, 2014 “Renewable energy is growing faster than ever … Continue reading

November 20, 2014

Locally-owned utilities are a rapidly expanding part of Germany’s transition to clean energy

Conventional centralized big power plants are facing record losses to emerging decentralized small providers of renewable energy No 1180 Posted by fw, November 2, 2014 “On any given day, Johannes … Continue reading

November 2, 2014