- Lawrence Solomon: Amazon doesn’t compete in the free market. It should have to.
- Lawrence Solomon: Cyclists are just bloody collateral damage in the climate change wars
- Are bike lanes safe?
- Lawrence Solomon: Rip out the bike lanes — before more innocent people get hurt
- Lawrence Solomon: How ‘road diets’ are making our car commutes even more painful
Category Archives: Utilities
(July 4, 2011) “If in the long run we are the makers of our own fate, in the short run we are the captives of the ideas we have created”. These words of economist and political philosopher Friedrich Hayek’s today resonate loudly in the carbon “idea” – that the West should fast-track a low-carbon economy no matter what the socio-economic cost. Continue reading
(April 21, 2009) North of the border a controversy is starting to gain steam in the nation’s largest city, Toronto. The city has proposed a by-law that would make ‘green roofs’ mandatory in new construction of condos higher than 7 storeys and office or retail complexes greater than 54,000 square feet (about 1/4 of a Wal-Mart Supercenter). The proposed law would require 30-60% of the surface area of buildings’ roofs to be green (depending on the size of the building) and violators would be subject to fines up to $100,000. Continue reading
(August 28, 2003) Some Ontarians don’t understand why they should conserve electricity, as Ontario Premier Ernie Eves implores them to do. For these dunderheads, let me connect the dots. Continue reading
(September 18, 2002) Rooftop power plants are sprouting in California, a state that has suffered from volatile power costs and electricity shortages, and before the end of the year, they’ll be sprouting in New York and New Jersey. By the end of next year, they may have come to electricity-challenged Ontario, where another botched deregulation is leading to wildly fluctuating prices, brownouts and threats of California-style rolling blackouts. Continue reading
(January 5, 2001) I am writing to correct some false assertions you made in a recent editorial (Tilting at Windmills, Jan. 2). Continue reading
(September 12, 1994) Thank you for inviting me to this Roundtable discussion, and for giving me the opportunity to discuss why Ontario Hydro should be broken up and privatized to create a competitive electricity sector. Continue reading
(February 10, 1994) Eighty years ago, Adam Beck, who began the great enterprise we call Hydro, argued for an electrified transportation sector…In 1915, he organized a march on the legislature to present a resolution asking the provincial government for a subsidy of $3500 per mile for his municipal Hydro railway scheme. By the 1930s, Hydro was operating electric railways in this province. Continue reading