Conversations with people… and encounters with ideas… that are re-inventing the world.


Monbiot: Canada has become “a thuggish petro-state”

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Tar sands oil and a regressive Conservative government are turning Canada into a “thuggish petro-state,” says acclaimed British journalist and climate-change expert George Monbiot. “It’s an extraordinary thing to witness from this side of the Atlantic: to watch Canada, this highly sophisticated, liberal, outward-looking nation, turning into a thuggish...

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Hugo Spowers: Steal These Secrets! Build this Car!

Posted on Apr 27, 2013 | 0 comments

Steal this technology! Build this hydrogen car! says Hugo Spowers. I'm fascinated. Race-car driver turned green automotive visionary, Hugo has re-imagined not just the automobile, but the entire auto industry. The result? A car that looks and runs like no other vehicle on the road, made by a company that runs like no other in the business world. In a new Green...

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Who’ll Sell Me Bundled Offsets?

Posted on Oct 14, 2012 | 0 comments

I'm happy to pay a little extra to buy my power from Bullfrog Power, which puts renewable electricity into the grid in proportion to the power I take out of the grid. I pay a little extra, but I help to build up the renewable infrastructure, and I cancel out the carbon emissions from generating the electricity I use. What about other emissions from my life and...

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Riversimple: Building the Hydrogen Car!

Posted on Sep 26, 2012 | 0 comments

Great interview yesterday with Hugo Spowers, the moving spirit behind Riversimple — a tiny company that plans to bring the world's first hydrogen-powered car to market in 2014. The company is a little group of valiant and enormously experienced entrepreneurs and engineers based in Ludlow, Shropshire, a gorgeous mediaeval market town in a forgotten corner...

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I’m speaking in Stellarton tomorrow, December 1

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 | 0 comments

As part of the "Take Charge!" tour for Efficiency Nova Scotia, I'll be speaking at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton tomorrow at 7:00. I'll also be interviewed on CBC's Information Morning at 6:25 tomorrow morning. The burning question: will I really make sense that early in the morning? Tune in and find out…

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The Take Charge! Tour: Silver Donald Speaks on Energy Efficiency

Posted on Nov 25, 2011 | 0 comments

I'm excited to tell you that I'm partnering with Efficiency Nova Scotia on a province-wide speaking tour to promote energy efficiency. Take Charge! Saving Money, Creating Jobs and Helping the Planet will launch in Truro tomorrow, November 26. I'll be speaking in Stellarton December 1, and in Sydney December 8, and visiting Amherst, Bridgewater,...

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Where Does the Power Go?

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 | 0 comments

Homeowners have plenty of ways to reduce their energy use – but how do you know which changes are worthwhile? You can insulate, seal, change thermostats and replace old appliances. You can install solar panels, insulate your water heaters and water pipes, clean your furnace filters and replace shower-heads. But how do you measure the effect of your upgrades?...

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Nuclear Power, 1982: A Reprint

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 | 0 comments

  I’ve just posted my extensive 1982 article "Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option" in the Green Pieces blog on this site. I refer to the piece in this week’s Sunday column, and it has a certain historical interest. When I re-read it, to be truthful, I was struck by how little has changed about nuclear power in general —...

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Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option (Today Magazine, 1982)

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 | 1 comment

Note: This article was published in the weekend magazine supplement Today, in June, 1928]  In 1953 President Dwight Eisenhower proposed an international Atoms for Peace program under which the United States would turn over to the United Nations its entire peace-time nuclear industry for the benefit of humanity at large. Lewis Strauss, Eisenhower’s atomic...

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The Trouble with Nuclear Power – Sunday column, March 27, 2011

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 | 0 comments

In 1982, I was commissioned to write a heavily-researched cover story on the economics of nuclear power for the late, lamented weekend supplement called Today, which appeared in newspapers all across Canada. After visiting Ottawa, Chalk River, Toronto, Montreal and Point Lepreau, NB, I wrote an article entitled “Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option.”...

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New interview — Andrew Nikiforuk!

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 | 0 comments

Andrew Nikiforuk is one of Canada’s leading journalists, a man who can write memorably and incisively about education, public health, energy and the environment, among other subjects. He’s won seven National Magazine Awards as well as the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction, Canada’s top literary prize. In 2009, he became the first...

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Energy, Environment and the Left – Vancouver Institute Lecture, March 2000

Posted on Jan 24, 2011 | 0 comments

I’ve just posted my lecture, Energy, Environment and the Left, in the Green Pieces section of this website. This lecture is  my most extensive and detailed examination of the ideas and issues we’re now pursuing through The Green Interview. It was delivered at the University of British Columbia on March 25, 2000. Although it’s ten years old,...

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The Power of Bullfrog

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 | 0 comments

The Green Interview is featured in the current issue of Bullfrog Buzz —  the newsletter of Bullfrog Power, the green power company which now serves Canadians from coast to coast. It’s a fine piece, and it gives an excellent insight into The Green Interview — who we are, why we’re doing what we do. To read it, just click here. We have...

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Energy, Environment and the Left

Posted on Nov 17, 2010 | 1 comment

Energy, Environment and the Left by Silver Donald Cameron   Vancouver Institute Lecture University of British Columbia March 25, 2000   Thank you. I am very happy to be here tonight, and for several reasons. First, this university is my alma mater — and the alma mater of my father, both my brothers, my eldest son, and my wife. In addition, my father,...

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