Canada Coaching Countries to Waste Water

Canada, a decade ago, used to do more good than bad in the wider world. Now we’re an international wrecking crew, teaching countries how to waste their water supplies on international disasters like shale oil.

This sort of unproductive activity is also changing our climate. It’s also slowing investment in renewable energy technologies that don’t pollute and consume water or air.

Our Acidic Ocean

It’s incalculably high what this will cost us.

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40 Years of Accidents in a Single Year

2013 had more railroad accidents than the past 40 years combined. Also, if you remember, a Quebec town was blown up, killing dozens instantly after the Lac Megantic rail disaster from under-staffing of a trail carrying dangerous tarsands bitumen in cars not rated for carrying it.

My pal Jerry mused: “if only we cold put the oil in sum sorta elongated cylindrical right of way where it could be monitored for leeks and it would take less energy to move it” (please excuse his typos, he has a learning disability).

Maybe he doesn’t mean like this pipeline explosion in Manitoba, leaving thousands without heat because they have no renewable heat sources for their homes? Maybe some of them have fireplaces still.

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Here’s where government is going wrong. Giving jobs to oil execs, we end up with people like Pam Wallin in power.

Saskatoon Shiners #exploresk

Saskatoon is a beautiful city, so don’t let these photos fool you. Every city has a few shiners here and there. “There”, in this case, is downtown.
Holiday Inn Supermax Prison
This is the Holiday Inn Supermax Prison. Don’t worry, it only looks like a prison from the outside. You can leave, unlike the more picturesque Hotel California.

Here’s one of the more beautiful parkades with a cell phone tower behind it.
Saskatoon

It’s January, and the snow has retreated into puddles due to the unseasonal temperatures, but the gang activity hasn’t retreated.
Saskatoon

The people of Saskatoon are friendly, and will accommodate you whether you’re addicted to tobacco or real estate.
Saskatoon

Saskatoon
The Sturdy Stone isn’t going to see you, so you should go see it.

The HMCS Unicorn will be grinning at you when you walk by.
Saskatoon

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Part 1 #OilConVoid – Neil Young Hints At Unspeakable Canadian Civil War

I’m starting a short series of 3 blog posts today deliberately with the top climate change story in Canada. There are huge stories also in the RoboCon election fraud scandal, and the PMO-Senate scandals, but it’s climate change that will have the longest lasting impact in Canada and the world.

Canadians have been fortunate for a long time, in that few of us consider the possibility of living through a war on our own soil. Most Canadians are people, however. All people on Earth are at risk of experiencing war, and Canada is even involved in one today, but not in North America. Take a moment, and consider what situations could bring about a war here. What do people fight over, and what are some examples from around the world today?

-Religious differences, {unemployment/poverty} economic disparity leading to political upheaval, resource shortages {oil}, colonialization, etc.
Defending a home or water supply has caused people in some parts of the world to resort to guerrilla war, or terrorism, to resist annihilation. Canada’s been prepared for such an event as few as 31 years ago, with its Top Secret PROFUNC concentration camp plan kept in many RCMP detachments.


I hope Neil Young’s support of the Treaties and First Nations people being killed by corrupt political ideology, becomes a cultural turning point in our country.

“Believe me, these people are not going to sit back and let Canada, modern Canada, roll over them,” Young said. “They’re not saying it, but they’re feeling it. And you can’t do this. Canada can’t just walk over everyone.”

On seeing the Tarsands first hand from the ground:
“That was 1 of 50 sites. The one we saw was the cleanest one, it’s the best looking one, it’s the poster child, and it’s one of the ugliest things I’ve ever seen.”

On the Conservatives in Ottawa, Young says, “It’s all marketing, it’s all big money.”

Now you know why Conservatives in Ottawa are willing to break laws, further oppress First Nations, and ruin Canada’s reputation, to serve their oil company masters.

In Part 2, next on my blog, you’ll read a bit about how the Conservatives go about getting willing-donor-money to gain unrestricted power in order to spend everyone’s tax money on subsidizing the tarsands’ oil companies.

Future Proof: Ice Storms

Last year Shane vlogged about ice storms. Let’s not wait until a big storm hits Saskatchewan before we future proof our homes being built today.

You can check out Shane’s website, and buy his book.

If I had $20,000 to spend on a “depreciating liability” (a car), or $20,000 to spend on renewable energy for my home, which would be more useful during an ice storm or other time of emergency? Arguably a car could be useful to remove myself from the place of emergency, but if there’s no enough gas, or electricity to pump the gas, or if the roads are jammed, a warm home would be much more useful.

Energy prices are only going to go up, so investing in energy systems today is an excellent choice. A company local to Regina that could help is Sound Solar, but there are others with good reputations also.

First Nations Get $0.3M for Solar Research #skpoli

The Conservative government generously gave First Nations in Saskatchewan enough grant money to build one impressively sized solar array that could power a half dozen homes.

Ontario is going with $5,000M.

SaskPower gave 10 times the recent federal contribution, to the UofR to research how to put CO2 underground so more oil can be pumped out of the Weyburn area.

Lockheed manufactures illegal weapons, and is part of the F-35 dud stealth bomber boondoggle.

Solar is not “concentrated” in SK as explained in the article, we just have more sun hitting the ground throughout the year than most of Canada. There’s no magnifying glass aimed at Regina or Estevan, fortunately.

$300K is better than a kick in the teeth, I suppose. It’s to be used on little demonstration projects. It’s 2013, and Germany has already done a country-wide demonstration project that we can wholesale adopt here in Saskatchewan. Let’s get on with it already.

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300 Years Is Bogus

Thanks to another letter writer, Michael McKinlay, I caught this opportunity to again offer a better future perspective than SaskPower’s current President has done thus far.

http://saskboy.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/an-irrational-mixup-at-saskpower/

I’m writing in response to SaskPower President and CEO Robert Watson’s comments in the November 25th article, “SaskPower set to overhaul power grid“. In it he touts a “300-year supply” of coal, as he has since at least 2012 when he used that imprecise figure in a Financial Post article. Doing a wider search of the web, you can find unqualified people using the same “300-year” claim since 2010 in the UK and the US, referring to their own coal supplies. Key words like “recoverable” and “proven” are not present in Mr. Watson’s claim. Many reputable academics estimate world peak coal could come as soon as the 2030s. After that decade it barely matters if there’s coal available, because the cost will be going through the stratosphere.

A more prudent use of our remaining coal supply is to build an energy technology for the future. There are many renewable options for Saskatchewan, including wind and solar power. Our wind potential is significant, and our solar potential rivals the global powerhouse Germany, as we’re at a similar latitude and get even more sunny days.

I’d prefer the smart grid Mr. Watson talked about included plenty of solar generated electricity. A compelling story in the Star Phoenix on November 4th included engineer Brent Veitch who explained a $20,000 solar electricity system is already able to pay itself off in less than 20 years in Saskatchewan. That seems a smarter investment for homeowners, than to buy into Mr. Watson’s subsidization of a 20th century fossil-fueled grid.

This letter above appeared in the Star-Phoenix this past week.

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Made in Canada Scam Plan #cdnpoli

Conservatives are stalling, as they have been for nearly 8 years on both Senate reform and climate change action.

Now:

Misplaced trust, or active covering?

Actively covering for a regret-free industry, is more like it. I think she’s a liar.

The Cons are just trying to make as many people hold off on urgently dealing with air pollution, so fossil fuel companies can make as much as they can by exploiting our atmosphere as an open sewer.