Archive for November 8th, 2012
HWC and Peter Salman will be making their closing oral submission before the ERT in regards to the appeal against the Port Dover Nanticoke wind project/Capital Power.
It will be held Monday November 26th 2012 at 10pm the location is the community hall in Fisherville.
Please plan to attend if possible. Your presence and ongoing support is really appreciated.
The fight isn’t over yet in Haldimand Norfolk.
Tip of the hat to The Global Warming Policy Foundation for this article
Gerrit Wiesmann — Financial Times — November 8, 2012
Europe’s ability to compete against the US as a manufacturing centre is being damaged by rising energy costs as North America benefits from cheap natural shale gas, Germany’s biggest companies have warned.
The energy cost advantage for US companies is rising and is expected to persist until at least 2020, according to the BDI, the German industry lobby group.
German industrial companies such as Bayer and BASF are among the those alarmed over the gap.
Some executives fear a growing divide between European and US energy costs could see energy-intensive manufacturers divert investments that might have gone into Europe to the US instead.
Harald Schwager, the member of BASF’s executive board responsible for Europe, told the Financial Times: “We Europeans are currently paying up to four or five times more for natural gas than the Americans … Of course that means increased competition for all the European manufacturing sites.”
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Robert Bryce — Wall Street Journal — November 7, 2012
The greens want to go ‘beyond oil,’ but without it we’d freeze in the dark.
Last year, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $50 million to the Sierra Club for its “beyond coal” campaign. But the mayor hasn’t—and won’t—be directing any cash to the club’s parallel “beyond oil” campaign.
That is because oil—and, more specifically, diesel fuel and gasoline—are proving to be the most important commodities in the wake of the huge storm that recently pummeled the East Coast.
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, all of the critical pieces of equipment were burning gasoline or diesel fuel: the pumps removing water from flooded basements and subway tunnels, the generators providing electricity to hospitals and businesses, and the cars, trucks and aircraft providing mobility.
The Sierra Club and its allies on the green left will doubtless continue their decades-long war on the oil and gas industry, but the Sandy disaster-response efforts are showing again that there is no substitute for oil. One of the first things that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie requested from the federal government after the storm was quick delivery of motor-fuel supplies. The Department of Defense responded with 250,000 gallons of gasoline and 500,000 gallons of diesel.
Petroleum is essential to modern society not because of some conspiracy cooked up by Exxon Mobil and its brethren. Instead, it is due to simple physics and basic math.
If oil didn’t exist, we would have to invent it. No other substance comes close when it comes to energy density (the amount of energy contained in a given unit of volume or mass), ease of handling or flexibility. A single kilogram of diesel fuel contains about 13,000 watt-hours of energy. That is about twice the energy density of coal, six times that of wood, and about 300 times that of lead-acid batteries. (And those batteries are useful only if they have been charged by some other energy source.)
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