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Green energy, the Green Party, and Germany’s governance crisis: the McGuinty Syndrome?

Dalton McGuinty, Ontario’s most recent former premier, might have in mid-2011 whispered a rueful warning to German Chancellor Angela Merkel about the political wisdom of green energy: “note the world values survey when it comes to paying money to help the environment.” The 2001 version of tha ...

A New, Low-Cost Space Tech Is Set To Disrupt Everything From Commodities Trading To Telecommunications

Nanosatellites – tiny satellites you can hold in your hand – are being launched into space at unprecedented rates. As the pace of technological development speeds up, making it less and less expensive to send a “nanosat” into orbit, these machines could provide a value to society that ext ...

The Iron Chancellor and the Iron Rule: Merkel struggles to explain reality to game-theorizing Greens

Angela Merkel is as dexterous and tough in domestic affairs as Bismarck was in foreign affairs, so I mean no disrespect to her or any German when I give her Bismarck’s nickname The Iron Chancellor. I mean quite the opposite: absolute respect. She is impressive. The Iron Chancellor’s modern-day ...

Canadian federal anti-coal Crusader-in-Chief in Bonn: shooting at the host?

Why is Canada’s federal environment and climate change minister in Bonn, of all places, lecturing the world on how not to make electricity? Bonn, I will remind you, is in Germany (when I was growing up, it was the capital of what we called “Free” Germany). Germany, I will remind you, is a hea ...

Bitcoin brute-force validation: made for nuclear power and—in Ontario—re-regulation of electricity

I would have thought the hard economics of Bitcoin mining would pretty much instantly rule out of contention the politically correct renewable energy darlings wind and solar as viable sources of the computing power—i.e., electrical power—that underpins the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. Mine ...

Oil Demand to Remain Robust into 2040s

Oil consumption and demand is expected to remain robust into the 2040s despite a diversifying global energy mix and the rise of electric car sales, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).In its annual World Energy Outlook 2017 report, published Tuesday, the IEA said that over the next ...

BC Rural Dividend Program Supports Small-Scale Water Projects

Applications for funding of the fourth intake of the BC Rural Dividend program will be accepted Nov. 15th to Dec. 15th, 2017, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Doug Donaldson announced yesterday morning. Previous funding has successfully support small-sc ...

Climate Denier Lamar Smith Holds Rare Congressional Hearing on Geoengineering

Geoengineering, hailed in some circles as a potential technofix to the climate change crisis, has taken a step closer to going mainstream.   The U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology held a rare joint subcommittee hearing on November 8, only the second ever congressional hear ...

121 Of The Biggest, Costliest Startup Failures Of All Time

For those who’ve been reading, we’ve had failure on the brain recently. Why? Partly because it’s a good counterbalance to the typical survivorship bias laden stories we read, and also because understanding failure is critical to the algorithms underlying our product. Some of the fail-related ...

Overview of the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan

By George Vegh, Zachary Masoud and Brianne Paulin On October 26, 2017, the Ministry of Energy released Ontario’s revised 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan (“LTEP”), Delivering Fairness and Choice. The previous LTEP was published in 2013 (“2013 LTEP”). This blog provides a summary of the resourc ...