A call for energy democracy, vision for a better future, and how it is done in Germany

Yesterday saw the publishing of The Leap Manifesto, initiated and implemented by a group of five top-tier Canadian environmental activists, actors and musicians, each one of which barely needs an additional introduction – Naomi Klein, David Suzuki, Leonard Cohen, Donald Sutherland and Ellen Page – and it calls for an immediate shift of Canada’s internal policy towards a more green, sustainable, and democratic future.

According to the Manifesto, Canada’s current direction is way out of line.

“We could live in a country powered entirely by renewable energy, woven together by accessible public transit, in which the opportunities of this transition are designed to eliminate racial and gender inequality. Caring for one another and caring for the planet could be the economy’s fastest growing sectors. Many more people could have higher-wage jobs with fewer work hours, leaving us ample time to enjoy our loved ones and flourish in our communities.

Canada is not this place today – but it can be.

The time for this great transition is short. Climate scientists have told us this is the decade to take decisive action to prevent catastrophic global warming. That means small steps will no longer suffice.

So we need to leap.”

(The Leap Manifesto, https://leapmanifesto.org/en/the-leap-manifesto/)

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Toyota to Produce Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powered Car – Is It Good Or Bad

Toyota has announced the mass production of the new Toyota Mirai, a hydrogen fuel cell powered car that emits no CO2 or other exhaust gas at the point of operation, but water vapor instead.

Thus it is assumed and advertised to be 100% ecology-friendly.

They seem to forget, however, that water vapor is the gas that contributes to the greenhouse effect the most.

CNN piece is entitled rather optimistically, “You can drink this car’s exhaust”.

You don’t say?..

Read the news on Mirai car on CNN Money here:

http://money.cnn.com/video/luxury/2014/12/17/toyota-hydrogen-fuel-cell-mirai.cnnmoney/index.html

And then please make sure to read this article on water vapor and its harmful effect on Skeptical Science:
https://www.skepticalscience.com/water-vapor-greenhouse-gas.htm

Author: Dr Keats
Environmental exhaust? Not really (image: Dr Keats)

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