Catastrophic Climate Change: Cutting Your GHG Emissions in March.
We have met the enemy and he is us.
- Pogo (Walt Kelly for Earth Day 1970)
I owe you one. Spent the day picking up parts for the electric tractors. Had to buy gasoline
to complete the trip. On the plus side, it's the first time I have bought gasoline since December 11
last year, and the parts mean our zero-emissions electric tractors will be available to do more work.
I owe you another one. Spent the day today chipping ice and doing an upgrade on one of the electric tractors.
Today, I planted my garden - sort of. For those of you living in tropical climes, that may not seem very impressive.
However, here there is about a metre of snow on the ground, 2 metres on the snowbanks. That would give a new meaning
to iceberg lettuce. However, yesterday I received a new
Aerogarden. So, I have planted 3 heirloom cherry tomato plants and 3 of 6 herbs which came with the unit.
Set-up was easy. No soil required, and importantly for me - no window access required either. Grow lighting
is supplied by an array of LEDs, the growing system is essentially hydroponic (with a minor hybrid tweak for the
plant cones. Anyway, all seems to work as advertised. And now we wait for germination.
I got a little busy, and have not had a look at the Aerogarden since I set it up. Lo, and behold - 2 of the 3
tomato plant pods have sprouted. Water topped up. Now, I'm off to ignore it again for a few days.
Yesterday, the Canadian federal government delivered their budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
At 464 pages, it's a bit of a slog. However, there are a few items that might be worth considering.
There are about 11 pages related to climate change initiatives, but they're a bit on the fluffy side,
do there's not a lot of meat in this area. Still, they have hit a few high profile items, some of
which mark dramatic turns in past federal policy and action (more accurately, lack thereof). I'll
cover those in a bit more detail in the next few days as some items require some additional
fleshing out. It's always a concern when a major financial document uses the phrase: "Program details to follow."
But the math says they're looking to boost sales of "zero-emission vehicles" (battery-electric or hydrogen
fuel cell - plug-in hybrids and hydrogen combustion are not mentioned) by about 20,000 units a year for three years,
starting sometime after April 1 2019. Let's be charitable and colour that as not overly ambitious.
If you want to get a head start, open
https://www.budget.gc.ca/2019/docs/plan/budget-2019-en.pdf and head for page 81 (internal numbering -
pg 83 of the PDF document).