Fossil Fuels

Loose Ends: Green Hydrogen, Handwavium & More

Loose Ends: Green Hydrogen, Handwavium & More

June 1, 2022 at 11:49 am

SaltWire’s Aaron Beswick wrote recently about the plan to turn Point Tupper into a green hydrogen hub without raising any questions about the viability of the scheme from a scientific perspective, and I suspect that’s how the coverage of this latest Strait Area mega-project is going to go. Beswick spokeRead More

EverWind: Powered by ‘Hopium?’

EverWind: Powered by ‘Hopium?’

May 18, 2022 at 2:04 pm

Having tried to understand the financing of the EverWind green hydrogen project in Point Tupper it’s now time to consider the science—or lack thereof—behind it. First, you need to understand that hydrogen does not come in a variety of colors. The color coding is used to denote how the hydrogenRead More

How to Heat a Hospital

How to Heat a Hospital

April 6, 2022 at 10:55 am

The headline on a 2021 article  from the Nova Scotia Health (NSH) website declares: Cape Breton Regional Hospital’s new energy centre will be cleaner, greener and more efficient What struck me when I first read this was that it didn’t simply say the new energy center will be “clean, greenRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 1, 2022 at 12:30 pm

Bridging burning There’s a big update this week on Bridging Finance, the private debt lender that extended Membertou a $6.8 million loan in January 2020 to invest in Novaporte, promoter Albert Barbusci’s proposed Sydney harbor container terminal project (and that took what Barbusci termed a small equity stake of itsRead More

Remembering the Ocean Ranger

Remembering the Ocean Ranger

February 16, 2022 at 12:19 pm

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the oil rig, Ocean Ranger, off the coast of Newfoundland with the loss of the entire crew—84 men, my brother Jim among them. The Spectator is marking this anniversary by republishing the preface to my 2012 book, The Ocean Ranger: remaking the promiseRead More

The Ocean Ranger 40 Years Later: Politicization of Grief?

The Ocean Ranger 40 Years Later: Politicization of Grief?

February 9, 2022 at 12:06 pm

I was visiting my mother a few years ago, in the seniors’ home where she now lives, in BC. Mom introduced me to a well-dressed lady: “This is my daughter. She’s come from Nova Scotia to visit me.” “Oh!” the lady offered brightly, “my husband used to run oil rigsRead More

Nova Scotia Power Vs. Pretty Much Everyone

Nova Scotia Power Vs. Pretty Much Everyone

February 2, 2022 at 1:16 pm

Full disclosure: I have not read Nova Scotia Power’s (NSP) application to the Utility and Review Board (UARB) for a 10% rate increase over the next three years — an application that apparently runs to 1,500 pages. I’ve read a lot about the application, though, beginning with NSP’s initial pressRead More

District Energy…Again!

District Energy…Again!

February 2, 2022 at 1:12 pm

I know, I know — enough with the District Energy already. But I can’t let go of it because it’s an infrastructure project worth $38 million (as in, the cost of a new central library); it’s being pushed by the province, which means it’s likely to happen; and we haveRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

January 28, 2022 at 11:55 am

Innkeeping In terms of sheer words per minute, I think Episode 11 of Annette Verschuren’s Bet On Me podcast — “The Power of Place: The connection between culture and economy with Zita Cobb, Innkeeper of Fogo Island Inn” — has to be the winner. Because man, can Zita Cobb talk.Read More

Photo from cover of Sydney Harbour District Energy Report by Ramboll, 2019

CBRM Council: District Energy

January 19, 2022 at 3:06 pm

Having watched CBRM council discuss a proposed district energy project for Downtown Sydney last night, I would say regular readers of the Spectator know more about this project than councilors do. I’ve been following it, as best I can, since it first appeared on my radar in January 2020 —Read More