YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED, IT'S GETTING WARMER.
Survey says, 80%+ of Canadians are clamoring for useful direction, regarding increasing cascades, like the Arctic, (indifferent to flags) tipping fast.
MORE than enough energy, comes from the Sun, every day.
The historic success of any species, so far,
Varies directly with ELEGANCE in the management of,
Passive Solar/Geothermal energy.
THE KEY to Kyoto is to QUIT BURNING.
OUR TIME is SHORT.
CASCADING isn't, just pretty, little waterfalls.
It describes: exponential, systemic catastrophy,
Driving changes, in both kind and degree,
About which, we know, NOTHING.
Assuming systemic equilibrium, among other variables, any persistant 'constant' tends to augment some conditions, and retard others.
EXPONENTIAL OVERLOADING, of the Biome,
By OUR RESIDUES, is this NOVEL CONSTANT.
CHECK those "Rearviews" Folks, somethin' to do with OUR FLAMING BEHAVIOUR, (may be closer than you think) gaining FAST.
IF you lean on the hull of a ULCC, laden with two million bbls of (Light? Sweet?) Crude, long enough, you will move that Ship.
WHEN that Ship's moving, SLOWING it down again, requires LOTS (of Lilliputians) that's US.
OUR 200 YEAR SMOKING BINGE.
2208? ECHO-TOURISM? BITTER MEMOIRES?
IF we don't kick now, (nevermind the mess) the party's OVER.
SOME of our great, GRAND children,( who are wizard troglodytes) may see 2101, but without ipods, how will they MANAGE?
HOW LONG will we manage, WHEN (mortal lock) the GRID TRIPS again, more often, longer, in 'high' summer?
KYOTO is our slim LIFELINE, to a future entirely dependent on what we do today, to mitigate our (unprecedented) CARBON (et al) loading.
BUSH, Harper, Howard and the Kiwi P.M., all dismissive "Where, there? Folks, (head patting) Kyoto will destroy our economies and, in any event, its impossible, can't be done??" (wallet checking)
BASED ON WHAT? THESE BOZOS' long study? profound grasp? of the issue?
IDYLLIC IDIOTS, playing with OILED GUNS,+GREED.
"DENY/DELAY SPINNERAMAS" compounding misery, "WATCH THIS"
IT'S FINAL JEOPARDY time, Folks, and THEY MIS-took-read-taken-demeaned-under-estimated, ALL the questions?
THEY have NO currentcy, except US.
MAYBE it's time to say BOO! before we're through.
NEITHER, Solid Solar Panels, Focal Furnaces, Tarry Sands, Corny Ethanol, Wind Farms, Tidal Teathers, Cold Fusion, Space Mirrors, Ballard Buses, BullFrog Power, "Deep-Geo Carbon Sequestration,"
NOR, "New Nukes," online circa mid-Century? (maybe, how 'bout Yr. backyard?) will bail us out of this one, Fellow Earthlings.
WE ARE, along with "Meat, Autos and Greed," WAY TOO MANY.
WE CRAVE CONTRAPTION
WE BURN Fossils to change water into steam, to drive turbines, to generate electricity, to burn toast.
This arcane "method" is now "de fault" that cools/heats our homes, replete with multi-neo-grid-gobblers, large and small.
An Old Hitchhiker predicted this, of the 'digital watch set.'
SMALL, occasional campfires are handy for heat, light and marshmallows, but now the fuel is far from the fire, and the fire is far from home, SMOKE, everywhere.
HUGE, REMOTE from HOME, "GENSITES", burning billions of tonnes of fossils, moved billions of miles, so we can have "Toast," chez nous.
OLD SOLAR CONCENTRATES, (COAL-OIL-GAS) reformatted over and over, delivered through millions of miles, of long, expensive, LEAKY WIRES, to our shacks, shanties, split-levels and "Memories of River Dolphins" Condos. (near the polluted ditch, by the road)
"Get 'em while they last! Write 'UR' Own mortgage! says Flipper!"
"So long and thanks, for all the fish."
THE TROUBLE with Energy is, IT'S just like all US.
WE are carbon based, semi-random, brief, (happy?) coherent little concentrations of transient energy.
ALWAYS avoiding, in any way possible, moving, or concentrating, or transforming.
Energy prefers to relax, fallout, dismiss and disperse, just like us.
Remember (Meryl) Blixen's revelation, when the rains came?
"Dis water, be long Mombassa."
This 'character flaw' is known as ENTROPY, it's pervasive, like aging.
After wiki, revisit Rube Goldberg's visions of advanced, mechanical, engineering methodology, take notes.
HOW OUR GRID OPERATES?
Organic complexity often succeeds, mechanical complexity always fails.
The N.A. Grid is an "EMPIRE of ENTROPY," where: we use the wrong inputs, in the wrong way, in the wrong place, for the wrong reasons, poorly.
Diamonds in, Garbage out, "DIGO."
From GAIA'S vantage, we're just the late(st), not so great, ape.
SO FAR, most notable for: unprecedented violence to everything within' shootin' range.
CARELESS of the campsite, LOUDEST ever, (barking bedroom slippers) like smirking chimps or heartless baboons and WE, LOVE TO SMOKE."
SADLY, we can't just yell "Quaint," into the breeze, on this one, Dubya.
ALL of the "PLASTICS" + "SMOKE" we have ever made, didn't blow away, it blows around, FOREVER.
There's many a slip, twixt the cup and the lip. (time/distance = cleaning costs)
A USEFUL COURSE OF ACTION: SIMPLIFY.
MANY of US, Northern Folks, have ATTICS above and BASEMENTS below, at HOME.
BASEMENTS, routinely interface with a (sub-frostline) geo-constant of about (+/-) 10C.
ATTICS, below shingled roofs, routinely collect and store +60C PASSIVE SOLAR HEAT for MOST of the year.
So the "SWEET SPOT," where we live, is SURROUNDED, by passive, adjacent, contiguous, persistant, pristine, free energy differentials of (+/-) 50C most of the time.
INSTEAD of combatting? this FREE ENERGY, with EXPENSIVE/DIRTY (Grid energy) LET'S USE IT.
Since residential A/C is the BIG DEMAND issue, on all temperate zone Grids, and the energy cost of A/C, for the average home, now exceeds heating, let's start there.
IF you have central A/C, do this.
IF you don't have central A/C, do this FIRST, then maybe Y'll decide to pass, on the joys of large, entropic contraptions.
WHAT TO DO WHEN ITS HOT
DON"T touch that dial, whatever TEMP setting you prefer, is just fine.
BUY a $50 square box fan, place it facing "UP" towards the attic, in the access hatch.
Plug it in, usually to a pull chain and socket adapter, in the closet light recepticle.
Some fans have three speeds, use LOW.
NOW you are: quietly, positively expelling the super-heated attic air, out ridge pots and soffits, turning down the ATTIC OVEN.
CLOSE the doors, curtains and windows, except a basement window, preferably one facing East or North.
LEAVE (that) window open, so replacement air, from shaded, (green?) grade level, is drawn into, Yr. cooler basement, thence the house.
HOW HARD was that?
NOW, you can sleep at night, because Yr. attic oven has been 'banked', and the bedroom air is fresh and cool.
WHAT ABOUT: HUMIDITY, POLLUTANTS, COOLER?
IN that window space, install a SEER+13 A/C, with an electro-static filter, run drip hose to petunias.
Turn it on LOW, its good to BALANCE in/out airflow, and precipitate the humidity.
The slower that the incoming air transits the basement, the higher the cooling factor in those upper bedrooms.
ON HOTTER DAYS, leave the thermostat, turn Yr. basement unit HIGHER to increase pre-cooling incoming.
NO SOLID, solar panels or geothermic wells with their stunning capital costs and extra-ordinary maintenance issues.
SPEND $600 + ADD to Yr. "seasonal" COSTS?
FOR ANOTHER A/C?
The average cost of centrally cooling an (A+B) home is about $2000/yr.
NOW Yr. old banger/compressor, (cunningly mounted against those sunny bricks) is seldom needed, to service the thermostat.
SMART fishers use quiet, mini-trolling motors.
Return on investment? July+August.
AVERAGE "Store Bought" energy savings +75%.
BIG STEP, in the RIGHT DIRECTION, retired the cost and saved almost $1000, IN ONE YEAR.
As external, energy prices and cooling demand INCREASE, THINK of this reno as a "COOL COLA" provision, built into YR HOME, forever.
There are about 150 MILLION these (A+B) HOMES in North America.
Residential A/C demand, during the lenghtening "Cooling" season, routinely exceeds HALF of ALL CAPACITY.
By substituting PASSIVE energy, "HOMESPUN"
RIGHT MODE: (Hot/cool) MEDIUM: (air) PLACE: (Yr. home)
We, concurrently, INCREASE SUPPLY and, REDUCE GRID DEMAND,
Sending a wave of PROGRESSIVE SAVINGS back up-Grid.
A LAKESIDE SUNSET, WE can watch WITH the KIDS,
Where the "STACKS" are not SMOKEY, all day.
IF WE all did this TODAY, we would EXCEED
2012 KYOTO PROMISES, TOMORROW.
So what shall we do with all this Sunfall/Earthgift cash?
Well, that too, but let's save more, soon.
LET'S CLOSE "ALL COAL Fired Generation", across the Dominion,
July 1st, 2008, ('09, LATEST)
Il sera une Bonne Fete du Canada, n'est pas?
With all that FREE HEAT in the attic, early Spring to late Fall,
Suppose we use it: to heat our water, dry our clothes, stay toasty?
"Simple strategies, sometimes succeed" Occam.
QUIT blaming the SUNBEAMS,
WE STOP BURNING, or
Those Grand Kids will ALL be TOAST.