Members of the CUSJ are very concerned about climate change and the contribution that humans are making towards it through the burning of fossil fuels. At the same time we are very concerned about the dammage to the environment and the dangers for both human, animal, and plant health of many of our sources of energy. These pages are a discussion of the pros and cons of all forms of energy and an exploration towards a sound energy approach for our future.
The Board of CUSJ believes we must do our best to work towards a world based on smaller, local renewable energy projects. We also recognize the difficulty in achieving that goal in the current global climate.
Carbon Tracker highlights that Financial Institutions are beginning to worry about wasted capital and stranded assets as Big Oil and Gas companies continue to explore and develop new reserves when we already have more known reserves than we can afford to burn and still stay within 2 (or 3) degrees average temperature rise.
2013 10 11 350.org sends brief to University of Toronto Board of Directors telling them why they should divest from all fossil fuels.
2013 09 21 EuroNews.com French Carbon Tax funds renewable energy
2013 09 21 National Post — Trudeau criticizes Harper for not being aggressive enough in promoting the Tar Sands. Write him a letter.
2013 08 08 National Geographic - Research showed the editorial bias of the editor strongly affected whether renewable energy stories were positive or negative. The whole attitude of the British public was shown to be affected by negatively biased renewable energy reports. You can check the facts here: Energy Fact Check
International Energy Agency report and projections 2013 for global renewable energy to 2018
CCPA releases report: The Bitumen Cliff: Lessons and Challenges of Bitumen Mega-Developments for Canada’s Economy in an Age of Climate Change 2013 02 21
Office of the Auditor General: Commissioner’s on Environment and Sustainable Development 2012. Report gives an overview of government policies in oil and gas and nuclear including subsidies, policy direction, issues of financial liability and preparedness in the event of oil spills and other disasters, and roles and responsibilities of different levels of government and the private sector.
Ontario is long-term energy planning. You can participate too.
The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association supports the development of wind and solar co-ops and other forms of renewable energy in Ontario. It’s goal is to move us towards a 100% renewable energy future.
100% Renewable Energy is possible in 20-40 years if we can find the political will says Stanford researcher Mark Z. Jacobson in January 2011
The Resilience Imperative and Civil Disobedience by Michael Lewis – also a book by the same title. This article ties energy to growth and climate change.
Nobel Prize winner arrested to stop coal (CBC News, May 5, 2012)
Straight Goods: 2011 11 23 Fossil Fuel Train Headed Over a Cliff by Stephen Leahy for Interpress Service
Check out this video by the Jon Cooksey and the North Shore Unitarians How To Boil A Frog