Kelly McParland: Another wheel flies off Ontario’s green energy bus, and lands on 340 workers

Windmills were the future.
Clean energy was what McGuinty’s two-year-old Green Energy Act was all about.
Just six years later the plant is closing.
NAFTA is critical to Ontario, particularly given the flow of manufacturing plants leaving the province over high costs, increasing regulation and expensive electricity.
Does anyone remember the last time anything positive emerged from Ontario’s electricity industry, battered and bruised from 13 years of Liberal government manhandling?
The result of the Liberals’ green energy vision has been a catalogue of disasters Wynne’s government has been steadily retreating from a green energy deal with Samsung, even while proclaiming its continued devotion to McGuinty’s green vision.
In return, Samsung cut its planned investment by $2 billion.
In September, the Liberals ended plans for any new projects, admitting the power wasn’t needed.
Climate change, of course, is real and demons… Guest essay by Eric Worrall The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has rejected a motion to delay implementation of Obama era methane emission laws which limit allowed emissions from oil and gas drilling.
I’ll be running the blog for the… Submitted by Larry Hamlin A recent EIA report on energy production shows that wind and solar despite receiving tens of billions in government subsidies provided only 3.2% of U.S. energy in year 2016.

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Louisiana won’t give the security firm that tracked DAPL opponents a license.

Louisiana won’t give the security firm that tracked DAPL opponents a license..
The state Board of Private Security Examiners rebuffed the North Carolina company known as TigerSwan, citing a legal complaint filed by a similar North Dakota agency charging that the outfit operated in that state without legal permission.
Fabian Blache III, the board’s executive director, said that Louisiana law governing the private security industry is designed to protect the state’s people.
He said TigerSwan — which was denied a license in North Dakota twice — had not shown it could follow regulations.
Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that Energy Transfer Partners said it no longer had a security presence on the ground in North Dakota, and TigerSwan said it had ended work with the Dallas-based pipeline developer at the end of June.
But apparently the firm was still seeking to work for Energy Transfer Partners in Louisiana, where the company is currently planning to build a 162-mile pipeline known as Bayou Bridge, which would shuttle refined crude oil to hubs in Texas.
That project, like Dakota Access, faces court challenges.
Regional advocacy groups pleaded with the Louisiana board to deny TigerSwan’s license, citing the type of intrusive surveillance reportedly employed by the company in North Dakota.
“TigerSwan follows people as if we were criminals,” said Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
“We can disagree about the pipeline without resorting to such behavior.”

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Florida town requires solar on new homes.

Florida town requires solar on new homes.. Louisiana won’t give the security firm that tracked DAPL opponents a license.
The state Board of Private Security Examiners rebuffed the North Carolina company known as TigerSwan, citing a legal complaint filed by a similar North Dakota agency charging that the outfit operated in that state without legal permission.
Fabian Blache III, the board’s executive director, said that Louisiana law governing the private security industry is designed to protect the state’s people.
He said TigerSwan — which was denied a license in North Dakota twice — had not shown it could follow regulations.
Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that Energy Transfer Partners said it no longer had a security presence on the ground in North Dakota, and TigerSwan said it had ended work with the Dallas-based pipeline developer at the end of June.
But apparently the firm was still seeking to work for Energy Transfer Partners in Louisiana, where the company is currently planning to build a 162-mile pipeline known as Bayou Bridge, which would shuttle refined crude oil to hubs in Texas.
That project, like Dakota Access, faces court challenges.
Regional advocacy groups pleaded with the Louisiana board to deny TigerSwan’s license, citing the type of intrusive surveillance reportedly employed by the company in North Dakota.
“TigerSwan follows people as if we were criminals,” said Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
“We can disagree about the pipeline without resorting to such behavior.”

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Alarums And Excursions

Alarming Climate: Expert opinions and government funding versus scientific forecasting Kesten C. Green, J. Scott Armstrong, and Willie Soon July 14, 2017 On June 17, we and our co-authors received a response to our letter to MIT President, Professor Reif, raising concerns about his letter to the MIT community in support of the Paris Climate Accord.
Not only have leading experts expressed directly opposing beliefs—including MIT’s own Professor Lindzen, and Princeton’s Professor Dyson—Professor Reif’s argument by authority runs counter to conclusions from decades of research on the value of expert opinions about what will happen in the future.
It isn’t, as Green and Armstrong (2007) showed.
The IPCC’s temperature projections were the outcome of procedures that violated 81% of the scientific forecasting principles that the IPCC report provided sufficient information to rate.
That effort at scientific forecasting resulted in the Green, Armstrong, and Soon (2009) no-change forecast.
Our Green-Armstrong-Soon forecast of no-change in global average temperatures over the 21st Century is consistent with the state of knowledge on climate as described in the last paragraph of Section 14.2.2.2 in Chapter 14 of the IPCC Third Assessment Report.
The Green, Armstrong and Soon (2009) no-change forecast has been shown to be substantially more accurate than the IPCC dangerous manmade global warming projections (Green and Armstrong 2014).
The extraordinary 100% false alarm rate of environmental alarms raised by scientists (Green and Armstrong 2011) is not evidence of a failure of science, but of a failure of scientists to follow the scientific method.
Scientists are subject to incentives and pressures that lead them away from following the scientific method, and to instead become advocates posing as scientists.
In Armstrong and Green (2017), we provide solutions to the deterioration in the practice of science.

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Volvo electric vehicle push reflects China’s leadership ambition

But while the Chinese-owned company’s commitment to stop producing new vehicles powered solely by internal combustion engines by 2019 is bold, it makes a lot of sense given global trends in the automotive sector, and China’s own ambitions to become a world leader in electric vehicles (EVs).​ To shift away from combustion engines, Volvo will introduce a portfolio of EVs across its range that includes fully electric cars, and hybrid cars, which use both battery power and a conventional engine.
EVs are predicted to be price-competitive with conventional cars by the early 2020s, in terms of the total cost of ownership over four years.
By 2050, you can see an almost total electrification of the fleet,” she added.
The main reason for this is that Volvo is owned by a Chinese company so they have a very clear technology choice to make.” Volvo parent company Geely Auto announced in November 2015 that it would shift from internal combustion engine vehicles towards new energy vehicles.
By 2020, Geely Auto targeting 90% of its vehicle sales to be EVs, plug-in electric hybrids and hybrid electric vehicles.
China has ambitions to be a world leader in EVs, with the government’s latest five-year plan setting a target for cumulative sales of electric vehicles to reach more than five million by 2020.
The State Grid Corporation of China and China Southern Power Grid together have opened more than 27,000 charging stations.
“The Chinese government and Chinese companies understood that they were lagging behind in the quality of the product in terms of cars with internal combustion engines and they didn’t really catch up with the international benchmark.” Five or ten years ago there were not many international companies working on e-mobility so they decided to leapfrog traditional technologies and focus on this, he said.
Yoann Le Petit, clean vehicles and e-mobility officer at Transport and Environment pointed out that as the share of renewable energy increases, electric vehicles can provide flexibility to grids helping to manage fluctuating supply from renewable electricity sources.
EV batteries can be used to send electricity back to the grid when demand is greater than supply.

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Maryland Will Be The First U.S. State To Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides For Consumer Use

Maryland Will Be The First U.S. State To Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides For Consumer Use.
Global bee populations are declining rapidly as a result of human impact on the environment, and there’s been a lot of buzz about it (pardon the pun).
What many people don’t know is that bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that represent 90% of global food supply.
However, it’s important to note that other pesticides affect bees too, and we will have to do much more than simply banning this class to fully give the environment the respect it deserves in order to restore the health of this planet.
Maryland Will Be the First State to Ban This Bee-Killing Pesticide It’s official: Maryland will be the first U.S. state to ban neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that have been linked to bee population decline.
The state ban on consumer usage of it will come into effect on January 1, 2018.
When it comes to neonicotinoids?
The team, the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, titled the review “Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impacts of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems,” and you can read the full report here.
You can read more about that study and the negative effects neonics have on bees in our CE article here.
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How Could Land Tenure Security Affect Conservation?

How Could Land Tenure Security Affect Conservation?.
To these herders, the Inner Mongolian grasslands are a source of beauty and cultural identity.
The factors that affect landholder decisions are central to most conservation strategies, but in our experience many strategies fail to consider who owns the land and how landholder rights affect human well-being and conservation outcomes.
Going further, land tenure security is how secure one feels that their property rights will be upheld by those around them.
How might informal institutions, or the existing power dynamics, affect the equity of conservation programs that incentivize landholder behaviors?
This doesn’t mean land tenure security is not important for conservation.
For example, providing herders in Inner Mongolia individual households rights over specific grazing plots gives them greater agency in planning and managing the grassland.
The conservation community should always assess and plan for how the tenure security of a community will affect its conservation and human well-being goals.
There are numerous tools and methods for assessing land tenure security of a community of interest.
Lands managed by local people — from Bataa’s Inner Mongolian grasslands to the forests of Papua New Guinea — make up some of the most intact ecosystems on this planet.

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Attract Pretty Pollinators with an Irresistible Butterfly Garden

Many butterfly populations are dwindling right now, but with a few minor tweaks in the garden, we can help save these pretty pollinators, and enjoy their beauty and benefit in the garden at the same time.
Read on to discover which plants butterflies need during their life cycle, and what to grow to attract various species to your yard.
In order to attract butterflies, it is important to understand their life cycle and the specific needs that go along with it.
The egg hatches into a caterpillar, which at this stage does nothing but eat!
Their life cycle requires them to have both host plants for the larval stage and food plants for mature butterflies to pollinate.
Choosing native plants or a standard butterfly seed mix will attract various butterflies that are native to your area, but if you are looking to attract particular butterflies, your best bet is to plant the specific host plants that species in your area use.
Butterfly-Friendly Plants Once butterflies reach the mature stage of their life cycle, they are attracted to brightly colored flowers with flat tops, short flower tubes, or flower clusters.
In addition to having a pretty flower garden, you can attract these lovely pollinators at the same time; a perfect garden partnership.
Moths are often forgotten about, but they are also beneficial pollinators and can be very beautiful.
To attract moths to your garden, plant night-blooming flowers such as evening primrose (Oenothera), phlox (Phlox x arendsii), and fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium).

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