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  •  Makes sense if you think about it (5+ / 0-)

    You've got an enormous, sparsely populated country with a  cold climate, so, lots of energy going both for heating and for travel between distant cities.

    Given those circumstances, I'm not sure Canada could ever become a model of energy efficiency. That doesn't mean they shouldn't try.

    OTOH, it is per capita, and Canada's total population is about 10% that of the US. In absolute terms we're way worse than they are.

    Australia is also a huge, sparsely populated country, but I'm surprised that their climate doesn't mitigate their transportation energy needs somewhat.

    "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

    by sidnora on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 09:31:22 AM PST

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    •  Canada also has coastal wind resources.... (3+ / 0-)
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      ..... some of the best wind sites in North America.  Multiple gigawatts in some regions; all that's needed is the transmission capacity to bring the power to the major cities.

      "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 03:57:55 PM PST

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      •  There is a limit to the distance (1+ / 0-)
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        that you can transmit electric power. Most of Canada's population is in the Windsor-Quebec City corridor, which is not close to energy resources (other than hydro power).

        •  that or wind to hydrolysis to hydrogen, (1+ / 0-)
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          .... into gas pipelines to interior regions.  

          Yes, H2 leaks out of any vessel in which one tries to store it, but even assuming losses from a pipeline, there should be some radius or range that is viable.  

          There's also inland wind resource but I'm not as closely familiar with it as I am with coastal.  

          "Minus one vote for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

          by G2geek on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 04:49:12 PM PST

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          •  Inland wind resources (0+ / 0-)

            If the wind blows across central Canada the same way it blows across the Great Plains of the US, there should be plenty. However, very few people live there, and transmission is an ongoing issue, as noted above.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 06:29:09 AM PST

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