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Canada is making strides in developing innovative clean energy options. Could they become game-changers in the fight against climate change?
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  • When push comes to shove – and it will, make no mistake – nations will have to reduce their energy consumption. EVs will go a long way down this road with their higher efficiencies, but other ways must be found to reduce electricity demand. The only winner will be the planet, but then where else can we and our descendents live?

  • Canada should mostly invest in Water and Wind power plants. Anyway GREAT JOB CANADA<3<3
    My country energy production is this, like 55{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e} from water, 10{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e} combined from wind, solar and termo. Rest is nuclear.
    Anyway my country should really invest in wind since its very windy.
    Southern US should invest in Solar.
    All countries are different but there is options for all of us.
    If Trump wins the American election then he will halt all the investments in clean energy in America, and that sux, just pointing out. Hillary is also bad.

  • These green companies are not truly green. Lets have true environmental studies done on all aspects of wind , solar …….. and so called Green companies
    Lets see the pollution the mining and manufacturing of all the components needed to bring them to market. I think you will find Oil and Gas will be the winner. That being said the world will need them all. Stop the ignorant attacks on the fossil fuel energy.

  • What a farce. As though the money invested is a reflection of how productive the industry is. Fact: oil and gas have the highest energy content of any energy form. Fact: without oil and gas, neither solar nor wind could be manufactured. Fact: Oil and gas have gotten civilization pretty darn cozy. We enjoy the greatest lifespan, best food and better medical care because of oil and gas. Don't listen to those who are selling dreams. Read Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds for a little history lesson for clarity!

  • All this shit is so common sense but in the US we have to deal with retards that believe it's a hoax. One of them is running for president.

  • Carbon capture is BS. Oil must be removed from the energy mix as quickly as possible. Tax the fossil fuel industry out of existence and use the tax to support the conversion to clean energy. Thorium MSR is probably the best in-term solution for base-load. We don't have 20 years to make this conversion to clean energy. Would you rather have clean energy that is more expensive for one generation or witness the extinction of humanity?

  • Here is a big problem with coal that no one talks about. Based on the mercury pollution coal plants should be shutdown now! Anyone think that 10 tons of mercury pollution is OK? "More than half of the 7,000 tonnes of
    man-made mercury emissions globally
    come from Asia. Western Europe
    generates 500 tonnes, North America
    250 tonnes and Canada 10 tonnes."

  • global warming is of course a hoax, but i DO like the idea of alternative energy. Nobody should be against clean air and water. And global warmists, save the typing. Your argument won't change my mind, and mine won't change yours.

  • Shell's capture plan will cause earth quakes. Down south of Canada's border you can look at earth quake zones being created by storing similar gas underground. That tech doesn't work.

  • The answer is nuclear fission.All those windmills and solar panels just fail.Take A look at Germany.. Their electricity is expensive and their grid is on the edge of collapse!

  • Also electricity is just 20{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e} of our total energy consumption.

  • Inflating and deflating those balloons needs more than double the energy we use.In other ways,we need more than double the windmills and solar panels just to meet demand.

  • Reducing one's requirement for electricity is always going to be a Good Thing. It makes life a lot easier.

  • With regard to the US if progressives truly wanted a "war on coal" and wanted to cripple the coal industry further (thank you natural gas) they would purchase energy efficient AC units, appliances and LED lights for low to moderate income people in those states that rely heavy for electricity produced by coal (MO, WV, NM, CO, UT, WY, ND, OH,IW, KY, NB). Less electricity used means less coal burned and mined. Of course divestment, switching to providers that provide alternative energy, and more roof top solar (they did it in Germany – not the sunniest place in Europe).

    Perhaps Canadian progressives could do the same. Replace the old appliances with energy efficient ones. Me? I have been getting my power from West Texas wind farms since 2001 via Green Mountain Energy.

  • Don't take the carbon out of the ground in the first place.
    Also, trees and plants use CO2 .
    Try planting trees and grassland instead of turning Alberta into a wasteland.
    They are killing all the wildlife and polluted every lake and river for hundreds of miles.
    These people are insane.

  • No all countries in the whole have the wind and land to massive install solar panels, nor huge waves to generate electricity. What are the renewable solutions for energy for such smaller countries?

  • Carbon capture and utilization is better than carbon capture and storage. People have found a way to convert CO2 from power plant flu gas into baking soda.

  • By 2050 we will only be at 71{2926adbe9d5efe15cdd71803f3adbd0753091c5491a4687b622765a0a93bb12e} that's not good enough we need to be way more aggressive! Plus are they putting growth into consideration?

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