Just food for thought: It is -26C (-14.8F) right now with a windchill of -31C (-23.8F). I had to send my 12 year old out to the bus stop in this and in an hour I will be walking the 7yr old to school with my 1yr old all bundled up. Now maybe you can understand why some people joke and say 'bring on the Global Warming' when the weather is like this.
It's all well and good to want to change what type of energy people use to heat their homes, but a heck of a lot of big supporters of that live in areas that could never even dream of having weather this bitter. It's 7:20am and the sun is not due to rise until 8:07am so if I had solar panels I would have to hope and pray they had sucked up enough juice from yesterday's 12 hours of cloudy light in order to keep us going overnight and this morning.
Every winter we go through a few days here and there of -45C (-49F) and to be frank, it scares the crap out of me that we could be forced to change our heating systems in the years ahead... what if the 'efficiency' means less heat for those horrible days? If you had a good furnace blasting heat to warm your toes while the bitter chill crept through your walls, would you want to change it for an unproven theory? My friends bought an energy efficient furnace earlier this year and will get a few hundred bucks on their income tax return for the Retro-Fit funding... but it has broken down TWICE (before winter). Their old one, belching out fumes, did not break down one single time in 15+ years. I wonder if they are a bit nervous this winter? I'm not saying they will all break down lol, I'm just relating a story about the only family I know who has gone ahead and dropped a few grand on a new furnace that is more 'Green', only to have it break down on them. Sorry but I don't have a few grand to buy a new furnace, and I quite like my natural gas/electric system. It hasn't let me down yet (knock on wood).
But seriously, why should a person who might get a low of +44F in winter tell me what to do with my life when I have to endure -44F in winter? Who is going to tell me to drive a little electric car through the 3 foot snow bank that is behind my garage right now and the 7 inch deep snow down the entire street this morning? Who has the right to tell me that we should not be driving our big hefty SUV instead? Should I let people guilt me into thinking I am helping to destroy the planet, or should I say 'I would like to LIVE through this winter, thank you very much'?
PS The HIGH today is going to be -24C (-11.2F). Weee get out the sun tan lotion! And before you toss this aside and think 'It's Canada, what do you expect?', I am only an hour from the Montana border, and my friend lived in North Dakota for awhile and said she has never been colder in her LIFE... so it's not just Canada that feels a big freeze every winter!