Alberta’s oil industry won a symbolic victory. President Trump calls his approval of the Keystone XL pipeline “a great day for jobs and energy independence” in the United States. Canada’s National Energy Board (NEB) admits the industry is not using its’ current pipeline capacity1 and adding more pipelines is “not consistent with the Paris Accord’s commitment to keep (Global) warming to two degrees Celsius, or its aspirational goal of limiting it to 1.5 degrees Celsius.”2 Approving the Keystone XL Pipeline is about our future on a planet where the scale and pace of extreme weather events is increasing.
“Canadian crude oil export pipelines are utilized at 85 to 90 per cent of their capacity … based on respective historical utilization rates.” – Canada’s Energy Future 2016, National Energy Board, p 92 ↩
We already possess sufficient clean alternatives to take over from most fossil fuels. Only, the world’s economies are market driven. Clean technologies need to be competitively priced before mass adoption is possible. Some argue this will change as the true cost of fossil fuels becomes more evident. A new Lux Research report uses a more conservative approach, when it predicts alternate fuels will power of the 1/3 world’s vehicles by 2030.
In 2010 the U.K. set up a solar feed-in tariff (FiT) that has far more successful than they anticipated. They slashed it in half the following year and now propose to slash the tariff another 87% in January 2016. Only Britain’s rooftop solar industry is not yet ready to stand on its’ own, so Solar Compared sent out the infogram below in the hope it will help save UK solar.