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Silver Donald Cameron

Welcome to Silver Donald Cameron’s blog! Dr Cameron is the author of 18 books and of many plays, films, magazine articles, radio and TV scripts. He is currently the host and executive producer of thegreeninterview.com and of its feature documentary, Green Rights: The Human Right to a Healthy World. He also teaches a Green Rights course at Cape Breton University, where he earlier served as professor, dean and writer-in-residence.

Energy

Monbiot: Canada has become “a thuggish petro-state”

Tar sands oil and a regressive Conservative government are turning Canada into a “thuggish petro-state,” says acclaimed British journalist and climate-change expert George Monbiot. “It’s an extraordinary thing to witness from this side of the Atlantic: to watch Canada, this highly sophisticated, liberal, outward-looking nation, turning into a thuggish petro-state,” Monbiot told Silver Donald Cameron in a new Green Interview conversation filmed recently in Oxford, England.

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Hugo Spowers: Steal These Secrets! Build this Car!

Steal this technology! Build this hydrogen car! says Hugo Spowers. I'm fascinated. Race-car driver turned green automotive visionary, Hugo has re-imagined not just the automobile, but the entire auto industry. The result? A car that looks and runs like no other vehicle on the road, made by a company that runs like no other in the business world.

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Riversimple: Building the Hydrogen Car!

Great interview yesterday with Hugo Spowers, the moving spirit behind Riversimple — a tiny company that plans to bring the world's first hydrogen-powered car to market in 2014. The company is a little group of valiant and enormously experienced entrepreneurs and engineers based in Ludlow, Shropshire, a gorgeous mediaeval market town in a forgotten corner of England near the Welsh border.

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The Take Charge! Tour: Silver Donald Speaks on Energy Efficiency

I'm excited to tell you that I'm partnering with Efficiency Nova Scotia on a province-wide speaking tour to promote energy efficiency. Take Charge! Saving Money, Creating Jobs and Helping the Planet will launch in Truro tomorrow, November 26. I'll be speaking in Stellarton December 1, and in Sydney December 8, and visiting Amherst, Bridgewater, Wolfville, Yarmouth and Halifax in the first six weeks of 2012.

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Where Does the Power Go?

Date:July 9, 2011
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Homeowners have plenty of ways to reduce their energy use – but how do you know which changes are worthwhile? You can insulate, seal, change thermostats and replace old appliances. You can install solar panels, insulate your water heaters and water pipes, clean your furnace filters and replace shower-heads.

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Nuclear Power, 1982: A Reprint

I’ve just posted my extensive 1982 article “Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option” in the Green Pieces blog on this site. I refer to the piece in this week’s Sunday column, and it has a certain historical interest. When I re-read it, to be truthful, I was struck by how little has changed about nuclear power in general — although its new appeal to green consumers in the context of climate change is certainly a dramatic development. 

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The Trouble with Nuclear Power – Sunday column, March 27, 2011

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In 1982, I was commissioned to write a heavily-researched cover story on the economics of nuclear power for the late, lamented weekend supplement called Today, which appeared in newspapers all across Canada. After visiting Ottawa, Chalk River, Toronto, Montreal and Point Lepreau, NB, I wrote an article entitled “Nuclear Power: The Unaffordable Option.” Nobody really knew the actual costs of nuclear power, I reported, but clearly they were unbearably high.

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