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Doctor Renewable

Doctor Renewable is a radio show promoting energy literacy where we discuss how to transition the earth to renewable energy using mainly recent sunlight. We navigate renewable energy and climate change, while addressing misconceptions. Of importance, we apply critical thinking so that people can make more informed decisions. For example, promoting using more fossil fuels in the era of climate change may not be what you support and want for your children and grandchildren. The show’s hosts use humor and repetition to help retain the information. The show is structured around THE RED CUP, an energy policy that makes sense to enable the energy transition to significantly reduce the risk of nature imposing a feedback loop that would affect biodiversity across the globe.

Past Broadcasts

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May 16, 2024 – 057–Robert and Eric interview Shahab Shokrzadeh who founded a startup company focused on battery repurposing. His venture is base of the work he did on his PhD where he modeled how EV batteries can be used to support wind and solar energy after they are no longer needed in an electric vehicle. He demonstrated a circular economy where batteries can have a second life to support the energy needed to power electric vehicles. In this way charging of electric vehicles using wind and solar does not impact utilities.
May 10, 2024
May 9, 2024 – 056–Robert and Eric interview Daniel Friesen, a neighbor of Eric’s in Winnipeg, who installed three solar air panels on his roof more than a decade ago. Daniel explains the simplicity of his system, the energy he saves, and the reliability of the solar heating system. THE RED CUP looks at all energy needs, and Daniel provides an example how heat can be addressed using solar energy using air panels. For most stakeholders renewable energy is electricity. That is not the case. Transportation, heat/cooling, and electricity (THE) are the three energy needs which need to be address using 100% renewable energy. There is no need to be distracted by net zero.
May 2, 2024 – 055–Robert and Eric review articles that have emerged from Alberta who are waging a war on renewables. Several articles have appeared showing how Alberta first put a hold on solar and wind projects for 6 months, followed by preventing renewable energy projects to proceed by placing rules that cannot be justified. Eric exposes the nonsense coming out of Alberta especially when you consider how the oil and gas has much more impact and has no such rules while contributing to climate change. Alberta requires 1% to 2% of mostly marginal land for wind and solar to power the province and they use the land excuse to justify themselves.
April 19, 2024 – 054–It’s time for another episode of Street Talk. Eric interviews a young women while traveling on Vancouver Island and asks her questions about her understanding of climate change. This Street Talk was engaging and turned into a full episode.
April 12, 2024 – 053–Roberts brings a news article addressing how farmers in Saskatchewan are complaining about the current impacts of the weather on their farming operations. Here, Eric correctly observes that Robert mainly focuses on the article title that appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press. The article relates of what farmers are experiencing in terms of current weather impacts. From this article title, Eric explains the three phases of GHG’s, making sure that people understand we are only starting to enter the third phase, a phase which is non-linear and is most uncertain.
April 5, 2024 – 052–Our 1-year anniversary show already! Robert and Eric go festive and do a scorecard segment where they look at the total fossil fuel left to extract. They look at data that shows how many years of oil is left which is less than 50 years at current consumption rates. Eric highlights that the amount of oil left is less than climate change discussions that extend beyond 2100. What it means is that we look at the GHG in 2100 and we argue what will be the impact on temperature when the fossil fuel era will have ended. So fossil fuels companies try to accelerate the exploration of fossil fuels while penalties are low, and they can get away with it. Part of the apartheid against renewables is to slow down the transition.
March 29, 2024 – 051–Robert and Eric interview Winnipeg writer Joan Thomas on her fifth and latest novel, Wild Hope. A writer of social realism, Joan talks about the challenge writers face in incorporating a massive issue like the climate crisis in realistic fiction. She talks about creating characters who inhabit the contemporary world, with all its anxieties related to a changing climate and its impact on life forms, while still telling an engaging story that does not strike readers as didactic.
March 22, 2024 – 050–Robert and Eric review a news article about a firm in Quebec doing biofuels. The firm is looking at what is called e-fuel with CO2 extracted from the atmosphere, hydrogen obtained from electrolysis of water using renewable electricity, and the process of making a quality octane fuel from the CO2 and H2. Eric points to the fact that why not avoid this complexity and just use the renewable electricity directly at lower cost in electric vehicles, noting that the apartheid against renewables includes supporting companies that promote energy inefficiency and cover up by saying they will use renewable energy to cover up. We need to learn to treat renewables electricity with respect and understand that using it with less than 75% efficiency causes GHG in the global commons, a point that will take a long time for people to understand.
March 15, 2024 – 049–Robert and Eric continue to review the book Living the 1.5 Degree Lifestyle: Why Individual Climate Action Matters More than Ever by Lloyd Alter. Eric expands on the books premise and highlights various points that are presented in the book in the light of THE RED CUP.
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