Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Ok! So What Would YOU Do If ??

Like Suzuki was asking the children on his cross Canada eco-propaganda Tour.
I want to ask you "What would you do if?" only I'm not going to make it a childish political "what if "by having you try to imagine what a Prime Minister of Canada needs to do about environmental issues.
As Dr. Suzuki is really involved in a crusade to bring the uninformed into the political debate without adding any value or helping to actually INFORM anyone I think there's an opportunity to do what this leprechaun of enviro-hokum is not doing.

I would like to ask You to offer your opinions about what could be done to address the issues at hand without any preposterous assumptions about our political reality.

What can be done? What would you do if you could?

I have some ideas of my own and I can assure you that they do not involve taxing our economy to subsidize economic growth in Asia or elsewhere.


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Anonymous Fergy said...

Okay I'll get the ball rolling. Send repeat sex offenders to the Sub-Sahara to plant trees.

But seriously, reclaiming deserts in Africa and East Asia allows previously useless land to become arable and gives struggling people a job and a hand up instead of a handout. Obviously, there is much graft going on with the various aid agencies, so controls need to be put in place. But what if large corporations that need to meet an enviromental cap hired Canadians to work there for say a six month stint?

2/23/2007 11:24 a.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Thanks for playing Fergy....
Anyone else??

2/23/2007 9:13 p.m.  
Anonymous Fergy said...

I say this because it worked for Australia

2/23/2007 10:46 p.m.  
Blogger Mac said...

Instead of using sex offenders as tree planters, let's use 'em as fertilizer!

Instead of trying to make huge, sweeping changes, how about little steps like:

Using gravity fed municipal water supplies to generate electricity. It's not going to be huge like a hydro-electric dam but it'll make a difference.

Geo-thermal, anyone?

That being said, I read recently that the Swiss drilled some 5 km holes and pushed pressurized water into 'em as part of a geothermal project (supposedly, they were running steam turbines from the super-heated water coming back up) and managed to set off a series of measurable earth tremors. They've stopped the project to see what happened and what can be done about it.

How about a bounty of old energy-inefficient appliances?

One of the hidden consumers of electricity is vampire appliances. Most tvs and other electronics don't actually "shut off" when you hit the "off" switch. They go into a standby mode which consumes almost as much power as being on. The idea is so they start more quickly when you activate them but the result is energy consumption.

Canada is a country with cold seasons, yet many older houses aren't insulated, have less-efficient windows, etc. How about eliminating taxation on materials used to improve the energy efficiency of older homes?

This isn't rocket science, folks. Little things make a huge difference.

2/25/2007 12:48 a.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Mac ... old appliances and old cars.

Hard to round em up but if your going to create a pool of taxpayers money for eco-projects then your bounty idea makes sense.
In MB there is money available $5000 for home energy projects like windows and doors ..insulation and siding!

Fergy makes a great point about where current dollars are being wasted!
Stopping waste of any kind is ALLWAYS a good place to start.

2/26/2007 11:14 a.m.  
Blogger Mac said...

As the proud owner of a 73 Corvette, I'm not so certain about the old car bounty. Old cars can be a source for parts that aren't available on the aftermarket... and some old cars have collector value but I get your point. Those who are driving uncollected garbage on four wheels might just respond to a bounty. It's worth a try!

Incidentally, I pass emmissions testing in my Vette every year with flying colours but I take care of it.

2/26/2007 9:35 p.m.  
Anonymous Fergy said...


2/27/2007 3:04 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Thanks Fergy......I've got that covered! ;)

2/27/2007 3:20 p.m.  
Anonymous Fergy said...

I hope you've got NIMBY covered as well. A few years ago I remember that a bid was shot down because of NIMBY.

ps: Bud I have problems with the verification, my eyes are what they used to be.

2/27/2007 6:57 p.m.  
Blogger PGP said...

Kyoto is a kind of NIMBY scheme!

EYES - word verification on Blooger is forked much of the time!

2/27/2007 7:44 p.m.  
Blogger JimCotton said...

Double energy prices. People will become much more efficiant then.

2/28/2007 10:19 p.m.  

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