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  • Writer's pictureWayne Drury

Renewable Energy

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Let’s discuss this, as it is the facts that matter.

Let’s Put the Climate Crisis to Bed

Focusing on whether the climate crisis is real or not only takes us away from the issue of what is best for our planet. Two competing interests and a lot of money, energy and time are wasted arguing about the reality of a climate crisis and its potential impacts on all of us.

What if it is not real?

If the climate crisis is not real, what is the harm in cleaning up our act? We clean our homes, our streets, and our parks. What is wrong with looking after our environment and all that is associated with it?

We know that the air that we breathe is not healthy, we know our waterways are becoming polluted, and we know that animals and plants are becoming extinct because of human activities.

Improving our environment can and will give us a better quality of life.

What if it is real?

If we believe the modelling experts and the climate crisis is real, we have little time to waste. As my dad would say, “pitter patter, get at it and fix the problem.”

Fix the Problem

We have Alberta Premier Danielle Smith suggesting that cutting GHG emissions to Net Zero by 2030 will result in skyrocketing energy costs, throwing thousands of Canadians into energy poverty, and everyone will face blackouts. We now see a backlash towards EVs in the US – and soon to hit Canada: And the energy infrastructure cannot keep up with demand with everything switching to electrification.

We have the federal government steaming down the tracks, spending $billions we do not have to support all sorts of initiatives to “save us.” Initiatives that, in many cases, we do not have the information to know if they will accomplish what they are intended to accomplish. We do not have the facts that matter.

So, what’s the problem?

We have those who profess the idiocy of going too fast – or, in some cases, going at all. On the other hand, we have those that suggest we are not going fast enough. This is where we would expect our leaders to lead, but I get the sense that most politicians treat us like mushrooms, keeping us mostly in the dark – and spinning us like we are on a merry-go-round.

Politicians may not lie, but they don't tell the truth; politically correct, but a politician now will not be believed, even if he speaks the truth.

To me, that’s a big problem, and it is not having the facts that matter

It is the Facts that Matter

We can continue to head toward a cliff. Or we can come together to improve our living environment. For any model of success, any initiative must be good for the environment, good for the people, and it must be sustainable. The principles of a circular economy and what could be better than that?

Forget the fight about whether climate change is real or not; accept that we must do something to have a better quality of life, no matter what side we sit on.

We cannot just turn a blind eye to the impacts on our family, friends, neighbours, and those we do not know. We cannot just think we are doing the world a world of good by acting in a way that drives thousands into the realms of energy poverty, food insecurity, and living out on the street.

We cannot keep throwing money we do not have at the wall to hopefully have it stick.

Give us the facts that matter. We are not yokels and may have some pretty good ideas on how to accomplish what needs to be accomplished.

Climate change, real or not, we need to take action to have a better quality of life by implementing actions that are good for the people, good for the planet and sustainable. Right now, our politicians are only throwing money at the wall, hoping it will stick, and there are enough warning signs showing up that should have us all worried.

Best wishes from ...

Facts that Matter is part of a boutique firm in Vancouver, Canada, working to do the world a world of good by promoting truth in government and by assisting businesses and First Nations to address their social, environmental, and economic interests through the lens of a Circular Economy. Give us a shout to discuss how we can help you honestly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.

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