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Can We Talk?

Our Crazy Weather

It’s April 16 but it might as well be January 16.  I take that back.  In January the weather was mild.  Seems as though the seasons have shifted.  Last summer didn’t want to end.  Autumn – well – autumn is never long enough.  It’s everybody’s favourite season.  Even after the leaves are gone, there is still something magical about autumn.  Winter didn’t start until over half-way through January.  Now it’s officially spring but you could have fooled me. 

Still, I keep hearing about the warming of the planet.  Could be true.  The earth is ever changing.  It just doesn’t remain the same.  Whether we, as people, had anything to do with it is still up in the air.  Personally, I think it was changing anyway.  That doesn’t excuse our smelly air or dirty rivers and lakes.  People are pigs.  It’s just so easy to throw stuff in the water.  Usually it sinks to the floor of the lake and is gone from sight.  Meanwhile, the garbage piles up.  People are pigs.  While walking one morning, I saw one man, when he’d finished with his coffee, just throw the styrofoam cup on the lawn.  I saw him.  I yelled at him to pick it up and put it in the trash bin, which was a couple of feet from the lazy slob.

Industries are pigs.  They’d rather just dump their crap into the lakes and rivers rather than clean it up and disposing of it in a proper way.  They’d rather spew their crap in the air rather than clean the waste before realeasing it into the atmosphere.  That takes money.  They don’t want to spend the money.  I’d like to see some heavy fines put into place.  Enough is enough.  We want to take back our rivers, lakes, cities, highways and biways.  As long as there are slobs around, that can’t happen.

April 16th, 2007 Posted by | Climate Change, Environment, Pollution | no comments

And Speaking of the Environment

Seems that – oh boy, my face is red – I am confusing pollution with the climate change culprit, carbon dioxide.  Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m not the one confused.  Carbon dioxide.  Isn’t that what we exhale?  Don’t tell me exhaling is bad. 

Carbon dioxide – isn’t that what trees breathe in?  Isn’t that why it’s good to have indoor plants?  Oh, I don’t know.  I’m just going to stick to what really bothers me – POLLUTION! 

When stinky stuff spews out of tailpipes, that’s pollution.  When slobs throw garbage on the sidewalk or anywhere other than trash receptacles, that’s pollution.  When I can hear, from the penthouse, boom boxes blaring from cars thirty floors below, that’s pollution.  Let’s face it, if you want to blow out your eardrums, that’s your business.  Do it with the windows up.

But to get back to air and water quality.  We still have to live and work and manufacture things.  Without that, we’d be back living in caves.  So what are we to do?  Well, the technology is there.  Solar energy, wind energy, hydrogen fuel, methane gas made from sugar, corn and any number of renewable things.  And whatever happened to cold fusion?  Wasn’t that supposed to be the energy source of the next millennium?

Oh, come one, we’re smart, creative and obstinate.  Are we going to be forever beholdin’ to the oil god?

March 28th, 2007 Posted by | Climate Change, Environment, Personal Opinions, Pollution | no comments

What The Environment Means to Me

I know you were all waiting with breathless anticipation to hear my views.  Wait no more. 

I am a true believer in, “If it smells bad, fix it”.  Carbon dioxide has no smell.  We exhale carbon dioxide and breathe in oxygen.  Trees breathe in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen.  Ergo, trees are good.  Maybe we should only be driving cars in forests. But seriously, don’t you think the whole environment issue is overkill?  It just seems to be the trendy thing to talk about, nowadays.  It will pass.  (Does anyone talk about herpes anymore?  Naw.  Boring.  So last century.)  Why all the rhetoric? 

OK, anything that spews black smoke from smoke stacks has got to be either fixed or destroyed.  Cars should be running on a fuel made from a renewable resource.  Personally, I love hydrogen fuel.  Cars running on that only have water coming from their tailpipes.  That’s it.  No stink.  I don’t know about methane gas but it’s worth a look at.  I’m sure coal could be made to burn cleanly.  Surely some smart person has thought of a way to clean it up before the smoke enters the atmosphere.

Yes, we should all be environmentalists.  But what is that? 

What it is not is vacuous blather about saving the planet.  It is being proactive.  You can sum it up this way, “Don’t be a slob.”  Don’t throw things on the sidewalk – put it in the waste receptacle where it belongs.  If you don’t see one around, keep the items with you until you do or bring it home and put it in the trash.  It doesn’t take a lot of effort. 

Anyone who’s been to Switzerland will tell you how clean the country is.  Go into the cities early in the morning.  You’ll see shopkeepers sweeping up the sidewalk in front of their stores and cleaning their windows.  It’s a pleasure to see.  I dare you to find a piece of paper strewn anywhere.  What is impressive is that each person does his/her part.  That part being tidy.  No graffiti.  I have no idea why or how that became an art form. I would ban spray paint and throw the perps into jail. 

Yes, a city where the air is clean, where cars run quietly on hydrogen, where industry has cleaned up their polluting ways, and where people are tidy, would be a pleasure to live in.  I say let’s all work together toward that goal.  We don’t need an Al Gore to tell us what we instinctively already know.

March 22nd, 2007 Posted by | Climate Change, Environment, Pollution | no comments

Al Gore, The Self-Anointed Environmental Saint

I’ve been seeing him lately, ranting about the environment.  All he needs to do now is carry a picket sign with the words “Repent Sinner. The End Is Nigh”  Overkill.  On top of which he looks like a drunk.  His face is red and bloated and he looks like he just woke up from a major bender.  Quite a change from that straight-laced, stiff, robotic stance of yesteryear.  But what bugged me even more is what he said lately.  “America is the natural leader of the world”  Hugh?  America is a royal pain in the ass, especially if you live next door in Canada.  Especially since Dubja’s entry into the equation.  There’s no way anyone follows it’s lead. Time to get off that soapbox and face reality.  Time for me to get off that soapbox too.

Poor Al, he’s had a hard time since being Veep.  Living in Bill Clinton’s shadow must be tough.  We hadn’t heard from dear old Al in seven years.  Meanwhile, Bill is making oodles of money on speaking tours.  He’s involved in all kinds of humane causes.  Every time he appears anywhere, people rush to see him.  He has become a star, a folk hero.  All the while, making more money than he had ever dreamed of making.

All this time, no sign of Al.  Suddenly, he emerges as the friend of the planet.  He’s corny and transparent.  Maybe he’s hoping to make some money on speaking tours.  Maybe he’s hoping somebody will buy his book.  Poor Al.

March 22nd, 2007 Posted by | Climate Change | no comments

Daylight Saving Hogwash

Why do we do this?  It’s stupid and serves no purpose.  The sun comes up when it is time to rise and sets when it is time to set.  What number is on the clock doesn’t matter.  The sun doesn’t look at a clock and decide if it is time to rise or set.

To suggest that it saves energy is moronic.  How does it save energy?  You tell me.  Lay it out for me.  Come on.  Don’t be shy.

Some idiot politician decided to sound important and smart by coming up with this lamebrain law and we, the meek, follow.  The farmers don’t care.  They work when the sun rises, no matter what it says on the clock.  In fact, a lot of the time, they get up way before then. 

Oh well, here’s to stuff that’s made to sound important and has no meaning at all.  I’ll drink to that.

March 11th, 2007 Posted by | Climate Change | no comments