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Ontario, Québec, Electricity and Climate Change

Advancing the Dialogue

This is a report I authored and produced for Dr. Mark Winfield, York University and Dr. Pierre-Olivier Pineau, HEC Montréal, principal proponents on a SSHRC-funded project to organize a series of workshops on electricity and climate change collaboration between Ontario and Québec. The report summarizes the workshops and outlines a number of opportunities, barriers, risks and uncertainties associated with collaboration. The text provided here is the Executive Summary. For the full report, visit the link the Sustainable Energy Initiative or download the attachment below.

Posted: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 16:09

What is Sustainability and Why Should You Care?

It's in your own best interest

A short writing sample I prepared for a job application that draws a little from my discussion of the topic in my doctoral thesis. The aim is essentially to make a case for sustainability that doesn't rest on the power of a global/external normative injunction, thereby aligning present expense with perceived personal benefit - a libertarian argument for sustainability, in a sense.

Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 09:07

Is CCS Net-Positive for the Environment?

The short answer is - probably not.

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is often presented as a unique opportunity to combine significant emissions reductions with the continuing use of carbon-intensive fossil fuel energy sources.

Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 00:00

A Partial Defense of Governing from the Gut

You have to do it sometimes

It seems that more and more the actions of government are questioned on grounds of evidence.

Posted: Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 00:00

The Irony of Contemporary Criticism

Take a stance on something

There is a general distinction in the social sciences between those who try not to think too hard about the firmness of the foundations upon which their knowledge is built, and those who delight in exposing the arbitrariness, or falsity, of those foundations.

Posted: Saturday, October 1, 2011 - 00:00