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A Case for Nuclear

A Case for Nuclear

May 1, 2022

Nuclear energy resulted from the culmination of countless small discoveries made by various scientists from all over the world.

It is an amazing human achievement yet it is much maligned and discredited by environmental activists.

Is there merit to their criticism?

Well, our findings showed that nuclear energy is even more effective in terms of safety and CO2 emissions, than some forms of 'green' energy. 

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Sustainability Craze

Sustainability Craze

April 8, 2022

Sustainability is definitely a buzzword.

Whether it's corporations or governments, everyone wants to claim they are doing things in a 'sustainable' manner.

But what does sustainable actually mean?

There is no real definition, hence it can be easily manipulated.

We took a crack at defining what Sustainability truly encompasses.

We really did some inward thinking and came to some interesting conclusions that we are excited to share.

If you find value in these insights, please share with a friend that may benefit as well.

As always,

Break down, from the ground up.

 

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David Suzuki Comments

David Suzuki Comments

March 14, 2022

David Suzuki is a prominent Canadian environmentalist.

He recently got himself in some hot water after his comments about oil pipelines and their link to climate change.

Critics stated he was advocating for eco-terrorism by casually implying pipelines might start blowing up. 

Was the criticism justified?

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COP 26 Results

COP 26 Results

February 6, 2022

Global leaders recently gathered for COP26 to discuss the future of climate change and how countries would take actions to 'save the planet'.

Ironically, they jetted in with their private planes to make rules for the rest of the population, that they likely will not abide by (because after all they're special and have important things to do, and you simply do not).

What were the results of the talks?

You might be surprised at some of the findings. We go into detail on this subject in this episode of the podcast.

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EVs & Waste

EVs & Waste

January 18, 2022

Electric vehicles show a lot of promise towards a sustainable future (whatever that means).

Nonetheless, they are not without cost.

In this episode, we explore some of the environmental costs associated with lithium and other components of electric vehicles.

 

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IPCC & Greening

IPCC & Greening

December 16, 2021

Global greening is one of the interesting developments of climate change that was unexpected by most. It's the premise that with increased CO2 concentration in the atmosphere, trees and plant life will benefit, thrive, and generate greater yield. This seems logical as plants consume CO2 as their primary energy source.

This idea is however is not being discussed by mainstream media. Even worse, when it is mentioned, the premise is often demonized. 

What's the big deal? Perhaps it's an unfortunate consequence that runs counter to a narrative of complete doom and gloom that is the climate catastrophe.

We explore the concept further on this episode of the podcast. 

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IPCC & The Climate Crisis

IPCC & The Climate Crisis

November 1, 2021

The IPCC recently released another report documenting the status of climate change.

This has led to continual media hysteria with respect to a climate crisis.

Though we do not deny the existence of climate change, the crisis narrative seems to be over played. As the old saying goes, however, any good crisis is an opportunity.

'An opportunity for what?' you may ask.

 

Perhaps "The Great Reset" provides some clues...

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Hydrogen Use

Hydrogen Use

August 18, 2021

Hydrogen is the most abundant molecule in the universe. It can be used for a multitude of applications, including energy storage and transportation. 

 

In this episode, we analyze the potential use for Hydrogen in the current economy and environment. 

 

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Rational Optimist

Rational Optimist

June 24, 2021

A lot of doom and gloom surrounds environmentalists due to a supposed impending climate catastrophe. We hope to change this outlook by analyzing some of the positive elements of recent climate developments and technological innovations.

Technological revolutions have led to globally declining poverty at unprecedented rates. It can be argued that there is a correlation between an increase in wealth and a proclivity for environmental concern. Thus, we can hypothesize that the more mental energy we have dedicated towards solving environmental issues, the higher the likelihood that we solve the problem. 

Let's be rationally optimistic for the future. We need practical and pragmatic solutions to these problems, which will benefit by dedicating more minds to solving them. 

Carbon Tax

Carbon Tax

May 9, 2021

Many countries have proposed a Carbon Tax as a means to combat climate change. The principle behind it is that carbon emissions pose an externality to people's health and as such need to priced into the cost of goods. Theoretically, this would encourage people to buy goods that have a lower carbon content, as that would be reflected in a lower price. So whether you are producing steel, oil, gasoline, lumber, mining, etc. regardless of your industry, if you are generating carbon emissions, you need to pay a price on them.

 

One very popular and outspoken proponent of a carbon tax is Elon Musk. In this episode, we discuss comments Elon recently made about the efficacy of a carbon tax, and his perspective as a billionaire concerned about the planet. We also discuss carbon tax more broadly, in terms of its origins, intended use and implementation, and how the resulting effects will be felt by everyday individuals.

 

 

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