Renewables Are Powerful Engines of economic growth & job creation

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Renewables are powerful engines of economic growth & job creation

Originally Published on Energy Post

By Allan Hoffman

Job creation is always a safe issue for politicians to address and it played a crucial role in our recent presidential election. Donald Trump achieved his unexpected upset victory over Hillary Clinton by appealing to disaffected workers in normally Democrat-leaning states such as Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. A primary focus of the Trump campaign was jobs in the manufacturing and coal-mining industries, where many workers had been laid off in recent years. Some people have blamed these job losses on Obama Administration policies, including support for solar and wind energy. What are the facts?

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Half the Signatories To Paris Agreement Reaffirm Their Commitment

The ECOreport reposts news from Europe, Half the Signatories To Paris Agreement Reaffirm Their Commitment

Press Release from the European Commission

The European Union and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries, who together make up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, today reaffirmed their strong and steadfast commitment to full implementation of the agreement, urging all partners to keep up the momentum created in 2015.

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Gas Vs Electric Heating Costs In British Columbia

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed, Gas Vs Electric Heating Costs In British Columbia

Originally Published on the Pembina Institute

By Dylan Heerema

What’s the real cost of heating your home with natural gas or electricity? In British Columbia, there has been much public discussion lately on the relative affordability of these two energy sources. We ran the numbers for a fairly efficient home in the Lower Mainland, and found that gas heating and electric heating can come with similar costs.
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How Art Can Inspire Next-Generation Architects

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed from Germany, how art can inspire next-generation architects

Originally Published on the Technical University of Munich News

As an artist, Professor Tina Haase has a special way of seeing architecture. In this interview, she explains how art can inspire next-generation architects on ways to give tangible form to their ideas and why it’s important for buildings not to lose their individuality.

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Why Didn’t Any Canadian Clean-Tech Companies Make The Top 100?

The ECOreport looks at this year’s Start-up Energy Transition Awards, Why Didn’t Any Canadian Clean-Tech Companies Make The Top 100?

We are ready to assume more of a Global role.

By Roy L Hales

More than 500 start-ups, from 66 countries, made submissions. Though the Start-up Energy Transition Tech Festival is a German Energy Agency (Dena) initiative, even a casual perusal of literature reveals its’ international  character. The General Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and Director General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) were among the presenters. The list of speakers included representatives from the Rocky Mountain Institute and Hyperloop Technologies. So why didn’t any Canadian clean-tech companies make the top 100?

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Sun Towards High Noon: Explaining How Solar Power Is Transforming Our Energy Future

The ECOreport looks at Sun Towards High Noon and its’ explanation of how solar power is transforming our energy future

By Roy L Hales

Peter F. Varadi’s first book1 described the birth of the solar industry and its’ growth up until 2013. He recruited a team of internationally recognized contributors for the sequel.2 SUN TOWARDS HIGH NOON: SOLAR POWER TRANSFORMING OUR ENERGY FUTURE guides us through the industry today.

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  1. Peter F. Varadi, SUN ABOVE THE HORIZON; THE METEORIC RISE OF THE SOLAR INDUSTRY, Pan Stanford, 2014
  2. Wolfgang Palz, Editor of the Pan San Series on Renewable Energy; Michael Eckhart, Managing Director & Global Head of Environmental Finance at Citigroup; Dr Allan Hoffman, a former senior analyst at the US Department of Energy; Paula Mints, founder & Chief Market Research Analyst of SPV Market Research; Bill Rever, co founder Advanced Silicon Group; John Wohlgemuth, from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Frank Wouters, former Deputy Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency

Scrap Kinder Morgan’s Pipeline

The ECOreport reposts an Op-Ed from Britiosh Columbia, Scrap Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion

A Press Release from the Green Party of Canada

By Lynne Quarmby

In 2012, Stephen Harper and the Conservative government handed control of environmental assessments for proposed energy projects, such as the Kinder Morgan pipeline, over to the National Energy Board.

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Just Cool It! What We Can Do About The Climate Crises

The ECOreport reposts an announcement about David Suzuki’s new book, Just Cool It!: The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

Most people understand that human-caused climate change is a real and serious threat. True, some still reject the mountains of evidence amassed by scientists from around the world over many decades, and accepted by every legitimate scientific academy and institution. But as the physical evidence builds daily — from increasingly frequent and intense extreme weather events like droughts and floods to disappearing polar ice to rising sea levels — it takes an incredible amount of denial to claim we have no reason to worry.

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Stop British Columbia’s Bad Deals

The ECOreport reposts an OP-Ed and appeal for action to stop British Columbia’s Bad Deals

From the Sierra Club BC

By Galen Armstrong

In less than two weeks, BC Hydro will force Ken and Arlene Boon to leave the land they’ve farmed for thirty-seven years. They and other farmers are already being evicted to make way for the Site C dam. The traditional territory of Treaty 8 First Nations is being scraped clean of trees years in advance of the proposed flooding.

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David Bernhardt’s Potential Conflict Of Interest

The ECOreport reposts a response to the Congressional Review of a proposed Deputy Interior Secretary, David Bernhardt’s Potential Conflict Of Interest

Press Release from Mojave Desert Land Trust

Joshua Tree, CA – Today, David Bernhardt underwent congressional review for his nomination as Deputy Interior Secretary, the second ranking official in the Department of the Interior. Despite his prior experience at the Department of the Interior during the Bush administration, Bernhardt has a long history of lobbying against the agency as a partner at the firm Brownstein, Hyatt, Farber and Schreck. Bernhardt conducted legal work for Cadiz Inc., a company that aims to drain water from an aquifer in the Mojave Trails National Monument for use in coastal communities.
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