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everything old is new again: clean coal

Clean coal seems to be in vogue, but when I read about it, I thought — hang on, isn’t this just the old town gas technology?

I’m guessing the new clean coal guys don’t want us to know about the old town gasworks in the UK, most of which still have toxic wastes lurking deep down.

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cars suck o canada WAGDAIYF

“The clean air choice of Earth Day Canada.”

So, what would you think would be “The clean air choice of Earth Day Canada“? A bicycle, perhaps? Some kind of renewable energy? Some really brilliant Canadian enviro-social development, like a biodegradeable donut?

Nope, a car; the Toyota Prius. Last time I checked, it still used petroleum (with its high environmental and geopolitical toxicity). It still causes gridlock; I see Priuses (Prii? Your moon-pie eye!) inching along the Gardiner from the GO train with all the other wretched junkers. The way I see it, it’s not looking like part of the solution. It’s a bit like having an official assault rifle for the the International Day of Peace.

Toyota also give out $5000 Toyota Earth Day Scholarships. I mean, that’s nice and all, but it’s hardly giving back. If you look at all the scholarship materials, it’s carefully arranged so it looks like the event is called Toyota Earth Day, with the ‘scholarship’ on the next line. Nice cooption. Good greenwash.

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General WAGDAIYF

cheap powermeter

I snagged a UPM EM 100 Energy Meter at crappytire yesterday. It was a good bit cheaper than the old standard P3 Kill A WATT. We’ll see if it’s useful.

(So I guess I’ve answered my own Talk Energy post.)

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WAGDAIYF

the Wawa Plume – it’s pollutionalicious!

the wawa plume, courtesy google maps

The Wawa Plume (Google maps link) — a 24km trail of environmental destruction left by smelters — is clearly visible from space. You don’t need a weatherman to say that the wind blows from the southwest in Wawa.

Thanks to Evan o’ the Wildlands League for finding this.

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WAGDAIYF

well, don’t blame *me* for these …

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WAGDAIYF

new category: WAGDAIYF

Anouncing my new category on climate change: WAGDAIYF, acronym for “we’re all gonna die, and it’s your fault”.