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Why Blow our Money on Wind Power?

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My National Post column urges the government of Ontario to consider hydroelectric power instead of wind turbines.

Must we despoil Ontario’s environment in order to save it?

On Feb. 8, the Environmental Review Tribunal will consider an application to build nine large wind turbines on one of the most scenic points in one of Ontario’s most scenic places.

Professor Jeremy Michalek talks carbon pricing, batteries, and why we shouldn't be subsidizing your Tesla Roadster

A couple days ago, I wrote that taxing carbon wouldn't necessarily make electric vehicles economically viable.  Yesterday, I did an interview with Professor Jeremy Michalek of Carnegie Mellon, who has done research into that very question.  The interview has been lightly edited to enhance readability.

MEGAN: So to start with, can you tell me a bit about yourself, and how you got interested in the question of electric vehicles?

JEREMY MICHALEK: Sure. I'm an Associate Professor of Engineering & Public Policy and Mechanical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. I've been interested in vehicles since I was a kid growing up near Detroit. I became particularly interested in electric vehicles while working with other researchers at Carnegie Mellon examining their life cycle implications. The mix of issues with transportation, power generation, air emissions, fuel diversification, and policy makes it an exciting topic.

Shame on You, Walmart!

With an Ohio Walmart hosting a holiday food drive for its own workers, The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky criticizes the notoriously stingy company for not paying them more.

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