1. Peter Shepherd

    I hope this will be available as web-cast for those unable to attend.

  2. thebiggreenlie

    Wish these people would discuss something with a little “reality” involved…………so what was the title again?………“Dreamland”?
    This is a disservice to the students of the U of T who’s parents spend many thousands of $$$ on their education, just to have a “nut bar” suggest this type of energy supply.

  3. s. hoch

    Nuclear power produces 5 million pounds of radioactive waste per year. There are currently over 500,000,000 pounds of nuclear waste all over Canada and the USA. that require constant cooling. Cancer rates are soaring to epidemic proportions. Is something wrong with this picture?

  4. AD

    I did not get to attend this event. So I echo Peter’s comment and request it be made available as a web-cast. From the comments, I deduct that part of his solution is nuclear. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure. I don’t think that we have investigated/researched nuclear waste enough with a view that it is a resource. We also don’t need to keep producing nuclear the way we always have. Do a google search for thorium. We use uranium today because it won the race to create a bomb. So I do have hope for nuclear as an energy source. I believe that scientist can figure out what to do with the waste. In my opinion our energy supply must come from a mix of technology. Most importantly, I think that it needs to be a distributed network design where it can flow 2 ways. Think of it as the web for energy supply. The battery will change everything since it will allow for supply volumes to decrease due to better supply management. This is why electric cars will play an important role in levelizing energy supply.

  5. Ron Tolmie

    All Canadian cities (and many American cities) can achieve total self-sufficiency for their buildings’ own energy requirements by employing seasonal storage of heat. We have an essentially unlimited supply of heat in our summer air and a virtually unlimited cooling capacity in our winter air so storage makes it possible to meet our heating, cooling and DHW needs by matching the thermal supplies with the loads. The activities within the buildings often need more electricity than can be generated locally but Canada has more than enough hydro power to meet that need. Such systems could be substantially less expensive than the existing systems that depend on fossil fuels. See the October issue of http://sustainability-journal.ca for details.

  6. Alice Friedemann

    Nothing can replace fossil fuels:




    Energy Overview. Oil is butter-fried-steak wrapped in bacon, alternative energy is iceberg lettuce


    Book review of Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste by William M. Alley & Rosemarie Alley. 2013. Cambridge University Press.

    Peak Soil: Why Biofuels are Not Sustainable and a Threat to America’s National Security

    Book review of “Spain’s Photovoltaic Revolution. The Energy Return on Investment”, by Pedro Prieto and Charles A.S. Hall. 2013.


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