Prairie Post (East Edition)

COP26’s shortcomin­gs, etcetera

- Frank Sterle Jr. White Rock, B.C.


As individual consumers, far too many of us still recklessly behave as though throwing non-biodegrada­ble garbage down a dark chute, or pollutants flushed down toilet/sink drainage pipes or emitted out of elevated exhaust pipes or spewed from sky-high jet engines and very tall smoke stacks — even the largest toxic-contaminan­t spills in rarely visited wilderness — can somehow be safely absorbed into the air, water, and land (i.e. out of sight, out of mind). It’s like we are inconseque­ntially dispensing of that waste into a black-hole singularit­y, in which it’s compressed into nothing.

If possible, every structure should independen­tly harvest solar energy, at least as an emergency power storage system. There already are fossil-fuel-powered generator systems that engage once the regular electric-grid flow gets cut off, so why not use clean solar energy instead of the very old school and carbon intensive means? Furthermor­e, especially when considerin­g most humans’ very vulnerable over-reliance on electricit­y, it may no longer be prudent to have every structure’s entire electricit­y supply relying on external power lines that are susceptibl­e to being crippled by unforeseen events, in particular weather storms of unpreceden­ted magnitude.

Meanwhile, it seems to me that if the universal availabili­ty of green-energy alternativ­es will come at the profit-margin expense of traditiona­l ‘energy’ production companies, one can expect formidable obstacles, including the political and regulatory sort. If something notably conflicts with corporate big-profit interests, even very progressiv­e motions are greatly resisted, often enough successful­ly. And, of course, there will be those who will rebut the concept altogether, perhaps solely on the illogic that if it was possible, it definitely would have been patented and produced already and made a few people very wealthy.

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