Energy Archive

Could BC Become a 100% Renewable Energy Region?: Trucking, Ships and Planes

Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Back in July, in my quest to see whether British Columbia could become a 100% renewable energy region, I looked at personal transportation. This week I take on

Peak mileage and the diminishing returns of technology

This graph, from “economonitor,” is very interesting because it contains so much relevant information. (However, note one detail: the title of the graph, “Miles Driven” is somewhat misleading; it should be “mileage”, as the text of the

Why Startup Urbanism Will Fail Us

Image: A rendering of the Downtown Project’s Container Park, now in operation. Is this serious or adolescent urbanism? In 1958, three years before her masterpiece, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs wrote an

Bubble time: Friends and relatives act as if we’ve returned to business-as-usual

It is a testament to the psychological power of financial bubbles that people who know and trust me and generally accept the analysis I’ve put forth in my writings over the last decade are jumping into the

Resilience Roundup

  Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisisMargareta Pagano, The Independent Germany and Russia have been working on a secret plan to broker a peaceful solution to end international tensions over

Orwellian Newspeak and the oil industry’s fake abundance story

When what you are saying is so obviously at odds with the plain truth, it is useful to choose your words carefully to obscure this fact. This was the strategy of the Ministry of Truth, the propaganda

Renewable Energy Provided One-Third Of Germany’s Power In The First Half Of 2014

Thanks to favorable weather and record production from solar and wind power, renewable energy accounted for approximately 31 percent of Germany’s electricity generation in the first half of 2014. Non-hydro renewables made up 27 percent of the

Iraq blowback: Isis rise manufactured by insatiable oil addiction

Following the bulk of western reporting on the Iraq crisis, you’d think the self-styled ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria‘ (Isis) popped out of nowhere, took the west completely by surprise, and is now rampaging across the

After the harvest — learning to leave the planet gracefully

Barren field (Flickr / Jonathan Grado) Every time I read the latest bad-and-getting-worse news about the health of the ecosphere, such as last month’s report that the melting of some giant glaciers had passed the point of

What is shared space?

PPS is pleased to announce an evening chat with the preeminent shared space guru in the world, Ben Hamilton-Baillie! What is Shared Space? Shared Space was pioneered by the late Dutch traffic engineer and PPS friend Hans