Sunday, January 21, 2007

 

Conservative enviromental policies of the weak

For all of the conservatives efforts to appease the environmentalists concerns with Eco friendly initiatives they still are only doing it piece meal and have no real vision for the country.

If the conservatives really wanted to incorporate eco friendly energy generation the best thing they could possibly do iMO would be to implement a national East West power energy corridor.

Because Wind and solar energy is intermittent at best it is poorly positioned to address the national energy concerns. In order to address national energy concerns a national east west power/energy corridor needs to be implemented. So that eco energy can be transmitted to the areas that need it when it is being generated elsewhere. Wind energy in particular is at it's peak after sunrise and at sunset due to the differences in the earths temperature creates the wind.

Then there is the problem with raw sewage being dumped into the oceans creating algea blooms and polluting the oceans. Nothing.

I highly doubt the Conservative govt will address the greatest environmental disaster of this millenium. The destruction of the worlds greatest source of protein the Grand Banks of Newfoundland Labrador. In particular the Nose Tail and Flemish cap, which we are the custodians of and have a responsibility to not only protect it for our own people but for the entire planet. Nothing.

I guess the Conservatives are no different than the Liberals in that they lean with the wind and throw money around only to get votes.

As for paying short sighted people to retrofit their homes. I won't be getting any of that money because I had enough sense to buy a R2000 house. So once again the people with vision and a concern for the enviroment will be punished in favor of the ignorant and short sighted through tax rebates. We truely are a mail in rebate country.

Now if the energy companies were allowed to raise their rates so that they could administer the program or if rates were set so that thresh holds of energy usage per house hold were allowed to be implemented kinda like water metering then maybe people would be more inclined to upgrade on their own with programs from the energy companies.

I still think that if we were to do like Europe did and abolish regular grade gasoline in favor of the already accessible supreme grade gasoline it would do more to curb green house gases and global warming than all of the small cars and ethenol and biofuels combined. The savings from requiring less infrastructure to supply low mid and high grade gas would more than offset the cost of supplying just high grade gas.

As for the money for Stanley park. Trees get old and become susceptible to wind falls forest fires. Hence the need to cut forests or or expect to have forest fires.

Someone is going to be laughing all the way to the bank with those giant red wood logs that can be salvaged from Stanley park. There probably was enough logs that will come out of that park to cover the money the Federallies put into it.

I almost gagged when I heard the word biodiversity being used for one of the announcements. How Harpocritical can you get protecting biodiversity. All the while doing nothing to curb the indescriminant destructive practices on the 40% of our continental shelf Grand Banks which lies outside the arbitrary 200 mile line in the water where 60% of the WORLDS indescriminant, destructive bottom dragging takes place on the 40% of our continental shelf.

Ahh but Ottawa has to do whats in the best interest of the majority of canadians by default Ontario and Quebec. So don't expect Ottawa to do anything to protect that environment anytime soon because that would impact the majority even though the minority who live off and depend on that resource are being decimated.

You gotta love how Ottawa uses the Supreme court of canada to circumvent the founding principles of this federation in that resources Non-Renewable and renewable were to be the sole property and to the benefit of the province which lived from and owned them because Ottawa would be in a conflict of interest in that it would have to do what's in the best interest of the majority even if the province which owned and relied on that resource were to suffer. Colonialism at it's best in the Empire of Ontario.

If it doesn't have to do with a national policy stay out of it Ottawa. Know your place.
 

Super conductivity Critical breakthrough

It's all greek to me, but maybe somebody can investigate further to see if this new breakthrough could be somehow be instrimental in utilizing the Anglo Saxon route. Seeing as Ottawa still isn't willing to expropriate a national power corridor through Quebec unlike what was done for the Western provinces.

Yep asymetrical federalism is alive and well.

Critical breakthrough

25 August 2005

Strong magnetic fields normally destroy the superconducting properties of materials. However, physicists in France have now discovered a metal that becomes a superconductor in the presence of an extremely strong field (Science 309 1343). The new work is the latest breakthrough in the growing field of quantum criticality.

http://physicsweb.org/articles/news/9/8/17/1

This could also be of interest albeit on a much smaller scale in this application.

Physics promises wireless power
By Jonathan Fildes
Science and technology reporter, BBC News

Plugs and wires could soon become a thing of the past
The tangle of cables and plugs needed to recharge today's electronic gadgets could soon be a thing of the past.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/6129460.stm

Here is a prime example of how this could work.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/bristol/somerset/3509651.stm
 

Business of war in Afghanistan

I've read quite a few stories about the abundance of scrap destroyed tanks around Afghanistan.

I find this very plausible when you consider I saw tanks from the second world war left laying around in Africa when I was there.

It just seeems to me that with China right next door and China scouring the world for metal to fuel their industries. Afghanistan is well positioned to collect al of these scrap tanks which weigh in at 30 tonnes a piece and sell them as scrap to the Chinese.

By removing the scrap tanks you would also be removing a source of parts for the tanks the Taliban have and help develop a scrap metal industry in Afstan.

T 34 Specs

Friday, January 19, 2007

 

Re-inventing the appliance

Instead of asking people to throw out a perfectly good appliance in favor of a newer energy efficient one. Why not use a system already in place where by the electric companies rent hot water tanks and will replace them every 15 years or so at no extra charge.

So rent all of your appliances from the electric company and have it replaced every 15 years at no extra charge.

The old appliances could either be reconditioned with new energy efficient parts and resold as reconditioned with the new energy standards parts or scraped. They could even be shipped to third world countries.

Dryers have to be one of the most energy wastefull appliances there is. At least the ones that don't have a moisture sensor. Now that is something that should be mandated all dryers must have a moisture sensor. Even if there was someway of developing an add on moisture sensor so older dryers could be upgraded to include a moisture sensor.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

 

Members of The Society for the Preservation of the Most Scenic Ghetto in all of Canada speak out.

I think my title says it all.

Opposition to fish farm proposal

By ELIZABETH MACDONALD
nor'wester

SPRINGDALE – Opposition is growing in the Springdale area about a proposal to build a fish rearing facility near West Pond and Barney’s Brook.

Cyril Pelley Jr. (Cog) spearheaded a meeting to discuss the proposal in town on Jan 4, and drew over two dozen concerned residents, mainly cabin owners in the proposed area, said Mr. Pelley.

http://www.thenorwester.ca/index.cfm?iid=2184&sid=17475

To add insult to injury in the same issue.
Needing their hours

Four CEP workers won’t qualify for EI

By ELIZABETH MACDONALD
nor'wester

MIDDLE ARM – Four residents of Middle Arm on the Baie Verte Peninsula say they were promised enough hours to qualify for Employment Insurance (EI) on a Community Enhancement Program (CEP), but the hours ran short and now they don’t qualify.

http://www.thenorwester.ca/index.cfm?iid=2184&sid=17470

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