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"Notes" #30

Is It Worth The Price?

Mark Jacobson, environmental engineer states, "Transitioning to 100 per-cent clean, renewable energy is entirely doable by 2050, with much by 2030." However, I don't believe this green, renewable stance is "free". This alternative still has a downside.

Yes it is doable by 2050, but what will be the impact of mining those metals and minerals needed to build wind turbines, solar panel batteries (lithium) for energy storage, and the running of electric vehicles, all 1.2 billion of them.

Author Stephen Leahy, "The Lithium Project", says that half the lithium reserves on the planet come from Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina (Andes mountains) and the rest from China and Australia. These areas are not the easiest to get to or get cooperation from to mine the lithium needed for the transition from oil/gas to the lithium driven alternatives.

I guess my question would be, "Are we just trading one mining mess (oil/gas) for another (lithium)?" Mining does have a huge impact on the environment. Mining emits 10% of global carbon emissions and requires a huge amount of water resources, often in very dry areas. Then there is the human impact, the disruption and destroying of a way of life in the communities close to the mines.

Yes we need to pay attention to living a more sustainable existence but it needs to be thoroughly thought out, and with the understanding that change will have a price. For the sake of those inhabiting this planet in the future, I do believe it is worth the price!

Instead of getting mad at the world for the way that it is,
let's accept it and do what we can to improve it.


Perhaps this next piece has made the rounds but I am seeing it for the first time and feel it is oh so relevant.

Canada/ apology

This is an open letter purportedly written by a Florida judge about the CANADA/USA relationships & history.

Robert Meadows (Circuit Court Judge, Florida) wrote:

"Have you ever stopped to consider how lucky we Americans are to have the neighbours we have? Look around the globe at who some folks have been stuck sharing a border with over the past half century:

North Korea / South Korea

West Germany / East Germany

Greece / Turkey

Iran / Iraq

Israel / Palestine

India / Pakistan

China / Russia

We've got Canada! Canada. About as inoffensive a neighbour as you could ever hope for. In spite of all our boasts of "American exceptionalism" and chants of "America first," they just smile, do their thing and go about their business. They are on average more educated, have a higher standard of living, free health care, and almost no gun problems. They treat immigrants respectfully and already took in over 35,000 Syrians in the last two years.

They're with us in NATO, they fought alongside us in World War I, World War II, Korea, the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, Afghanistan, the Kosovo War and came to our defence after 9/11. There was that one time when Canada took a pass on one of our wars: Vietnam. Turned out to be a good call.

They've been steady consumers of American imports, reliable exporters of metals and petroleum products (they are the biggest importer of U.S. products from 37 states), and partnered with NASA in our space missions.

During 911 many aircraft were diverted to Newfoundland, an island province off Canada's east coast where Americans were housed in people's homes for two weeks and treated like royalty. In return for their hospitality, this administration slapped a 20% tariff on the products of Newfoundland's only paper mill, thereby threatening its survival.

And what do Canadians expect of us in return? To be respected for who and what they are: Canadians. That's what I call a good neighbour.

But the King of Chaos couldn't leave well enough alone. Based on his delusions of perpetual victimhood, out of the clear blue, he's declared economic war on Canada. On CANADA! And he did it based on Canada being a national security risk to the US! For no good reason, other than the voices in his head that told him it was a war he could win. So why not do it, then?

Trump went ahead and imposed his tariffs on aluminium and steel even though we have a trade surplus with Canada on those products! Trudeau retaliated in kind. And now this morning, the White House is preparing a new wave of tariffs in retaliation for Trudeau's retaliation. This time he threatens a tariff on automobiles even though 70% of their components originate in the U.S.! It's just a temporary spat, right? Except for that smile on Vladimir's face in the Kremlin, as the NATO pact unravels a little more with each passing day.

Again, we're talking about Canada. Our closest ally, friend and neighbour.

On behalf of an embarrassed nation, people of Canada, I apologize for this idiotic and wholly unnecessary attack. Please leave the back channels open. We the People of progressive persuasion stand with you.

My cousin Wayne Rosin, who also edits "Notes", did a "deep dive" into the origin of this piece and here is what he came up with:

Hi Dan,

Your question (who really wrote this piece) has provoked further research and highlighted the risk of simply forwarding items we may have received, even from known sources, given that we may not know the entire pedigree of the piece.

It now appears that this essay was authored by a Bruce Lindner of Portland, Oregon in June, 2018, who posted it to his Facebook page, and somewhere along the line, after going viral, was attributed to Judge Robert Meadows of Florida, commencing in September, 2018. How that came about appears to be a mystery.

The research ( website) also indicates that the greatest proponent of the piece was the late Republican Senator John McCain, one of the few voices of reason in his party.

But once again, all this has come from the internet, and I can't authenticate who in fact is checking the fact checkers.

Be that as it may, the comments are irrefutable regardless of whoever may have
authored them. The fact that they have circulated for the past two years as the opinion of a judge has simply captured incremental attention, and regardless, should be compulsory reading throughout the DSA. (IMHO)    Wayne

More than well done Wayne!