The staggering cost and challenge of new infrastructure pummels any quick energy transition plan

The staggering cost and challenge of new infrastructure pummels any quick energy transition plan

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. -Richard Buckminster Fuller It is not news to point out that there is a gulf between what ought to be and what can be. I ought to have a Ferrari in my garage, […]

Starving the petroleum industry of capital is, as usual, too boneheaded and environmentally counterproductive for words

Starving the petroleum industry of capital is, as usual, too boneheaded and environmentally counterproductive for words

A year or so ago a picture circulated the web, a photo of an emaciated and sickly-looking polar bear. The poor beast was elected the new poster child for climate change  (a disgusting claim since the bear was clearly ill, and the photographers made no effort to help the poor animal because they wanted to […]

Environmental extremism starts self-destructing – maybe now we can start thinking about a realistic energy transition plan

Environmental extremism starts self-destructing – maybe now we can start thinking about a realistic energy transition plan

Maybe you’ve never had a similar experience, but I have one that recurs more often than I care to admit. Back in high school, teachers would make us read “literature” which was torture (as opposed to, say, a car magazine). How was Shakespeare or Hemingway ever going to improve my life? Of course, a few […]

Hard to believe but… sometimes passionate environmentalists are really bad for the environment

Hard to believe but… sometimes passionate environmentalists are really bad for the environment

You may have noticed some very weird winds blowing around the world these days. These strange forces are all about the environment, yet are not really part of the environment at all; they exist between peoples’ ears and nowhere else. That doesn’t make these forces any less real; people of many stripes have been terrified […]

Canadians learning about trees from Italians? The benefits of a scarcity mentality

Canadians learning about trees from Italians? The benefits of a scarcity mentality

Some years ago, I bought my first house, a townhouse. It was one of those three story open-plan 1970s things with a west-facing back wall mostly of glass and a theoretical mountain view if you stood on a 12-foot ladder in the middle of the living room and twisted your head just right. The back […]