I was reading a Canadian Trivia book by Pat Hancock (my son's book lol) and came across an interesting page. We are being inundated every day with talk of climate change and how man is causing it, how the changes taking place now are coming faster than 'ever before' and therefore man must be the root of the problem. Blah Blah Blah. When it stopped getting warmer and instead got cooler, the key phrase Global Warming turned into Climate Change and there are several other renditions, depending who you speak to. Since it has been cooler in my region for awhile, people are saying it's still caused by man and it's enough to make my head spin.
Well according to this book, in 1816 they had what they called a Year Without A Summer because it snowed in June July and August that year. Freezing Arctic winds destroyed crops and froze leaves in eastern Canada in July. In August there was a deadly frost and another major snowstorm. It had snowed in June as well. It was a very bad crop year... well that was in 1816 so who the heck was at fault for that one? We didnt have cars, factories belching fumes, etc... so how did the weather change so quickly and harshly out of the blue like that?
Well I looked it up and surprise surprise, it seems likely due to a volcanic eruption that occurred in 1815 which caused havoc around the world for a couple of years. Europe Canada and the US all experienced varying levels of famine due to crop death. Even waterfowl were killed when their ponds froze up for the summer. Events like this have happened periodically over time with a natural explanation - but now we are told the changes are man's fault. There have been ice ages and warming periods consistently but that was all natural or perhaps caused by a cosmic event. Now it's man. I don't understand why we are supposed to sit here and put up with that.
But whatever - here is something else I often hear people talking about 'free energy'. Many seem to hope to clear out reliance on oil gas and coal because they think it will save them some money and don't really care about if it's better for the environment or not. They talk about the money side. Well do they think our cities and towns will suddenly pop up some wind turbines and our bills will cheaper? What a joke! The turbines will have to be purchased and constructed, new equipment put in place to transfer the energy to wherever it is needed, then transferred to our homes, maintenance, renewal, upkeep, paying all the associated workers and transport and distribution costs... for all we know it could even cost MORE. We have no way of knowing, but do you really think it's going to be LESS? Come on! I am already paying an extra monthly fee on my utility bill for a wind farm that isn't even constructed yet! They don't even know for sure where they are going to put it but my city started tagging on an extra fee (small, but it still adds up over time). If each house is paying $3 a month, that's over $60,000 a month being collected by my city right now for a wind farm that doesn't even exist! Think about it! It irks me to no-end. I also saw on the news recently a large solar panel field in Ontario that currently can power a few thousand homes. It's huge but only has enough for a very small town, or rather, a village. How much land area for crops, parks, animals, etc could be taken up if the projects are expanded? All of this for 'saving the environment'?? Are you kidding me?
I also hear over the years how people complain about the price of gasoline and say 'it's a conspiracy' ALL the time... well do they think there is never going to be a 'conspiracy' with energy companies transferring 'clean energy'? Come on! It drives me crazy. There are natural gas wells ALL over the place where I live, thousands of them, and you can't even see them unless you look really close. A small well just has a little red fence around it in the middle of the fields and you don't even notice them. I don't think the same can be said about wind turbines and solar power fields. It's mental people. It really is!
An oil well might look like a terrible mess while they are working on it, but after they are finished with it, they can put it all back and plant new trees and grass and you would never know 10 years later that something so messy and ugly had ever occupied that space. Can the same be said about wind turbines and solar fields? They have to stay there permanently. Forever. The only way they will be moved is if they decide the wind isn't efficient enough there and they try a new spot. Imagine how many of those things will need to be put up in order for us to continue our current way of living. It's astonishing when you think about it. A small nat gas well can power MANY homes (each is diff depending on the output from the well so I can't just give you a magic figure), but you would need an army of wind turbines to match that one well's output. How can we justify doing that and saying it would be good for the environment? We still have to dig up the earth to install cables and power transfer lines all over the place, we still have to use steel, cement, gasoline, batteries, diesel fuel, etc in the transport construction and transportation of these things... how many will there be? I don't understand how people with half a brain can't envision this and just blindly go along. They know nothing about the oil and gas industry, nothing about coal production, yet they have an opinion on it. They don't take the time to look into it and see how far we have advanced since the beginning and how much better we are at doing things right, and how we are constantly working to improve even more - but they have a negative opinion about it. And they will still turn on their electric items, power up their laptops, get on their blackberrys and iphones and slam down the industry. Pathetic!