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Canada: More Pipeline Export Capacity Needed

By Allen Brooks -- November 16, 2016

“The Canadian federal government’s decision about Trans Mountain on December 19th will be an important milestone for the nation’s energy business. There are still numerous other policy decisions that must be addressed before Canada develops a full-scale oil and gas export expansion regime, but the first steps appear to have been taken last week.”

“Despite being the ‘environmental’ prime minister, Mr. Trudeau is recognizing that without more oil and gas export opportunities, his nation’s economy, which depends on a healthy energy economy, will suffer with many social and financial repercussions.”

Canada ranks third in the world in total oil resources due to its oil sands. The country, with 95% of its resources located in its oil sands deposits in Western Canada, trails Venezuela, with its huge heavy oil deposits, and Saudi Arabia, with only conventional oil resources, in the world’s oil resource rankings.

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LEED: From Market Efficiency to Political Conservationism

By Jim Clarkson -- November 15, 2016

“Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several areas that address sustainability issues. Based on the number of points achieved, a project then receives one of four LEED rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.”

LEED Website

“LEED advocates say the added cost of building to their standards is small. That may be true for the actual recommended energy measures; it is the certification process that is so costly.”

“Proponents of LEED say there are short paybacks and many benefits for the extra costs. But the environmental benefits are subjective…. Plus, many of the projected savings for LEED buildings are proving very difficult to verify.”

“LEED with its one-size-fits-all standard … may not hold up in competition with voluntary energy efficiency programs.”

– Jim Clarkson (below)

It’s a shame to see money wasted in the name of energy conservation.

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Energy & Environmental Newsletter: November 14, 2016

By -- November 14, 2016

The Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions (AWED) is an informal coalition of individuals and organizations interested in improving national, state, and local energy and environmental policies. Our premise is that technical matters like these should be addressed by using Real Science (please consult WiseEnergy.org for more information).

A key element of AWED’s efforts is public education. Towards that end, every three weeks we put together a newsletter to balance what is found in the mainstream media about energy and the environment. We appreciate MasterResource for their assistance in publishing this information.

Some of the more important articles in this issue are:

Government Concludes that Wind Projects Cause Sleep Loss, Stress and Anxiety

Video: Infrasound — What You Are Not Being Told

What if the US had to pay EU energy prices?

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American Bird Conservancy: Wind Power, Solar Farms Must Play by Federal Rules, too

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- November 10, 2016
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1) Eliminate Obamacare 2) Challenge Private Foundations to Divert all Global Warming Spending to Health Insurance for the Vulnerable

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- November 9, 2016
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Political Economy 101: Wisdom for Election Week

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- November 7, 2016
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OPEC Dilemma (Cartel vs. Competition)

By Richard Sigman -- November 5, 2016
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Mandatory Access: Solar Cronies Jump In

By Jim Clarkson -- November 3, 2016
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Ohio State Senator Seitz to Ohio Power Siting Board on Wind Externalities

By Thomas Stacy II -- November 2, 2016
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Climate Policy as ‘Bribery’: James Hansen’s Latest (gov’t failure in the quest to correct ‘market failure’)

By Robert Bradley Jr. -- November 1, 2016
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