SHEDDING LIGHT ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Alternatives ideas to powering cities
MYRTLE, MACDONALD, B.Sc M.Sc.A. , AUTHOR, CHILLIWACK
There have been great findings and applications way back in the 1980s and 1990s, and even in the 1930s. What a pity wealthy multinationals have blocked and slandered them! They stay rich on the backs of the poor and they squeeze the middle class into poverty.
1. 1979 I myself saw in northern Pakistan that a Canadian surgeon from Edmonton had solar energy tiles on the hospital roof. They frequently for hours empowered huge modern electric lights for surgery.
2. 1991 in Lesotho, a kingdom located in the mountains of southern Africa, I flew in to a remote nursing station, where solar panels provided electricity and hot water. Electricity watered the peach orchard and they were luscious.
3. Also in Lesotho in the capital city Maseru I saw that about half of their homes had solar panels on their roofs. They provided electricity on an individual basis. Whether or not they had batteries I do not know. Why are batteries expensive?
Here in BC I see no reason why we could not do the same and be connected with the provincial electric system, able to export our excess power and import when it is low, due to cloudy skies. There is more sunshine than people realize. Again, I believe opposition to such a simple solution is opposed by wealthy multinationals and by the politicians deceived by them.
4. When I was a child during the great depression of the 1930s a few neighbors installed Wind Charges plus batteries, to store excess electricity for days when the wind was low. Dad could not afford to buy batteries. Why not now build inexpensive batteries?
5. About 2000 in Chilliwack a lovely new home was built by the BC Government for chronically mentally ill people. I visited and found it was powered by Geothermal electricity, from under the building. Apparently the province built several such small institutions. Why donít the public know and do likewise?? Installation requires special plumbing skill to install pipes under the building. They provide electricity for both heating, light and cooling and are very silent. Maintenance costs are nil through the years.
I also visited a three bedroom home in Cultus Lake near here, used for tourists, that was built with the same geothermal system. My daughter and grand daughter rented it for a week about 10 years ago for less than renting a motel. I have seen on Google that provincial subsidies were/are available to install Geothermal Energy in private homes and small institutions. The public donít consider installing it, probably because they think hot springs are required. They are not.
6. My own home was built directly on the ground some 40 years ago. Living on the ground floor, I do not need to have air conditioning. My heating bills in the winter are lower than usual. There is some leakage of warm air around the windows.
7. I suggest that you pay more attention to developments in alternate energy in Scotland, Holland and Spain, to name a few. Many transportation and power companies in the USA have grandiose habits, as do SNC Lavalin and Bombardier. They are out of date and have deceived Vancouver Transit and the Surrey Mayor. The two previous mayors of Surrey had more practical inexpensive sense.
8. I do not use the word ban, but rather I urge the following:
A). Generous funding of alternate energy of all kinds, thus providing jobs and cleaner, less expensive electricity.
B). Cutting back on export of crude oil and coal to China. The present pipe lines should be used for a few more years and not enlarged, but made safe. It is silly of Canada to increase exports to wealthy China. They also are keen on cutting down their smog and on building alternate energy. Our BC coast line is supposedly protected by federal Coast Guards. They are far too few, and the oil that often spills from ship tankers cannot be removed. Exxon Valdes oil is still destroying fish and sea mammals.
C). A pipe line to Lake Superior to cut back on import of oil from Venezuela and the middle east. Why not ship it on the St Lawrence and Great Lakes?
I suggest that you are deceived by politicians who are beholden to multinationals. The rich are getting richer and the poor poorer.
I am poor, educated, experienced and assertive. Trust me.
Please sincerely consider all I wrote. No more arguments. I donít have time. I have Family History and memoirs to attend to.
Also I need to downsize the clutter in my home. There are valuable things to give to interested people and to a museum, if I can find one. Help!
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