Hey Shell, not so fast! Come on back for a chat

Hey Shell, not so fast! Come on back for a chat

I had the craziest dream the other night, it seemed so real… In it, the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) catches a kind of varmint, trying to crawl under a fence and get away.  Almost made it too. AER grabbed him by the ankle and pulled him back. “Who are you and where d’you think you’re […]

Michael Moore’s renewables critique is on the money, but biomass has a place

Michael Moore’s renewables critique is on the money, but biomass has a place

When I was a kid growing up poor on a farm in a poor rural community, we’d always be on the lookout for bargains and/or free stuff. Nothing beat free stuff. It didn’t have to be exotic or fancy, just useful. The downside of this existence was not inconsequential from an aesthetic perspective, I’m sure, […]

Proper incentives and deposits – all we really need to clean up the environment

Proper incentives and deposits – all we really need to clean up the environment

The role of incentives in our lives is truly and tragically underestimated.  When money is dangled in front of people, batten down the hatches because you’ll have no idea what you can unleash. (Consider a series of polls on the website Buzzfeed. People were asked how far they would go for 5 million dollars. Two […]

A new direction – energy wisdom/efficiency discussions must replace implausible political ones

A new direction – energy wisdom/efficiency discussions must replace implausible political ones

There are certain fundamental rules of civilized behaviour most subscribe to so that we can all just get along. Far be it from me to catalog them all; I’m no poster child and am a remarkably bad dinner guest. Don’t ask. But should I ever find myself in those situations, I know that religion and […]

“You are always learning; there is a lot of grey; don’t take things for granted.”

“You are always learning; there is a lot of grey; don’t take things for granted.”

title quote – Lisa Marie Presley Elvis Presley, according to what sounds like a really smart guy on Wikipedia, exploded onto the music scene in the 1950s with records that “contain the seeds of what rock & roll was, has been and most likely what it may foreseeably become.” Indeed, Presley was at the forefront […]