Our Ontario heroes at the Green Energy Coalition (GEC) have saved Ontario-rate payers billions on their gas and electricity bills over the years.
They did it by convincing the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to uphold and enforce strong energy efficiency rules.
It is the hard slogging research, legal, and economic work that gets little attention or recognition because it's complicated, boring and absolutely essential.
So I want to give the GEC a shout-out of gratitude.
GEC’s David Poch and Kai Millyard do their work quietly in the background, so when they expressed exasperation the other day, I sat up in my chair.
Important matters the GEC are pursuing need more support, so I thought: “It’s time to lend them a hand”.
Something has gone wrong at the OEB and unless we marshal a lot of support, years of work and billions spent on smart meters and other conservation measures will be lost.
I’m headed to New York City this weekend to march with tens of thousands for climate action. A number of people have been ruminating on the wisdom of travelling so far, with its carbon implications and use of resources. But as we saw with the Arab Spring, revolutions are won when people stand arm-in-arm for justice.
That’s why I’m going. I made my decision a few minutes ago after a call with the “Lobby Monitor”. They obtained a copy of the briefing binder given to Greg Rickford earlier this year (Rickford replaced Joe Oliver as Minister of Natural Resources in March 2014) and I was asked if I wished to comment on his instructions to obtain the infrastructure necessary to export oil and diversify markets (read: find new Asian customers).
After I got over the shock… I said “No, I’m not surprised, but it is an attempt to go forward looking backwards--and that doesn’t work. Around the world, especially in Asia,...
My brother liked to throw things at me shouting “THINK FAST!"
Now I’m doing it to you! August 29th is the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's (CNSC) deadline for comments on its “Hypothetical Severe Nuclear Accident and Effectiveness of Mitigation Measures" report. You can send yours here.
Sorry for giving you so little time.
Back in 2012 we all urged the CNSC to consider what would happen if a Fukushima-scale accident took place in Canada. Would the CNSC's emergency measures have been effective?
Now we knew we would get a big pile of assurances that all is well and don’t worry, but we thought we might get a legit review in light of the disaster in Japan. However, CNSC hasn’t looked at a Fukushima-scale...