As I drove on the Gardiner Expressway this morning
to the 40-year reunion with my Class of 6T4 at the U of T, I noticed that the
huge windmill at the Canadian National Exhibition was motionless.
They sure picked a great location to demonstrate
how we are leapfrogging to blackouts.
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Sent: Friday, June 04, 2004 9:29 PM
Subject: [cdn-nucl-l] " China can use
wind power to 'leapfrog' over polluting energy: Greenpeace "
From the "yeah, right"
can use wind power to 'leapfrog' over polluting energy:
BEIJING (AFP) Jun 03, 2004
China has unveiled
ambitions to become a global wind power within the next
decade, grasping a
chance to "leapfrog" over more polluting forms of energy,
group Greenpeace said Thursday.
China has just published an action plan
which foresees renewable energy
sources accounting for 10 percent of the
nation's total installed
electricity capacity by 2010, Greenpeace said in a
"This is a golden opportunity," said Lo Sze Ping, campaign
Greenpeace in China.
"If China is able to fully utilize its
immense renewable energy resources,
it can leapfrog over the polluting
fossil fuel age straight into a clean
renewable energy future," he
China already seems well into the fossil fuel age, with auto
29 percent in the first three months of 2004 to 1.28
China targets 60 gigawatts coming from renewable energy
sources by the end
of the decade, including four gigawatts from wind power
and six gigawatts
from biomass, Greenepace said.
The group did not
say where the majority of the renewable energy would
Hydropower is likely to account for a large part,
organizations generally do not welcome such projects
if they are too large
to be sustainable.
China's roaring economy
demands ever-larger amounts of energy, meaning
policy planners have to look
either abroad or investigate alternative energy
sources to meet
As an indication of China's huge appetite for power, the
country last year
overtook Japan as the world's second-largest importer of
oil after the