The uncertain future of U.S. coal communities

In this June 2017 photo, a coal barge is positioned as a backdrop behind U.S. President Donald Trump as he speaks during a rally in Cincinnati. A coal company executive said Trump personally promised to activate emergency legal authorities to keep dirty or economically uncompetitive coal plants from shutting down. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File) Sandeep […]

Alberta oil communities need a transition plan, not new pipelines

  Protesters are seen outside an event Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was attending in Calgary on Nov. 22, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh Sandeep Pai, University of British Columbia; Hisham Zerriffi, University of British Columbia, and Kathryn Harrison, University of British Columbia Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent visit to Calgary drew thousands of protesters frustrated […]

Tackling the social and political impacts of fossil fuel industry decline

(@paisandy) Energy is indispensable to human existence. It has played and will play a crucial role in shaping our society. In the pre-industrial era, biomass was the dominant energy source. However, its share in the energy mix fell after James Watt invented the coal-driven steam engine in 1769. The first widespread use of this efficient […]