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The new neo-con mantra regarding global climate change…

…has changed from “It’s not happening!” to “You first!”, after making a brief stop at “Human’s aren’t responsible!”.

Let me explain “You First!”. “You First!” is the notion that no one group can make an impact alone, so no one group should bother trying until every other group makes the effort. Including, but not restricted to, the group known as Canadians. This new mantra is politically powerful, because it can be used very effectively in the politics of divide-and-conquer. Ontario’s auto manufacturers can’t think about phasing out 6.3 mpg auto designs until Ontario Hydro starts phasing out coal- and oil- generated power. “You First!” Albertan energy giants can’t begin implementing CO2 sequestering technologies until the Siberian energy giants do the same. “You First!”. The Federal Canadian government can’t pass legislation to attempt to meet it’s Kyoto commitments because China and India are continuing to increase their carbon outputs. “You First!” There are numerous examples, I’m sure.

What if nobody goes first?

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8 thoughts on “The new neo-con mantra regarding global climate change…

  1. … first pushed…. kicking and screaming for their ipod and blackberry upgrades, their SUV, plasma tv…. disposable diapers, cleaning materials, individually packaged strawberries from the other side of the planet…. *sigh* I hope my hand basket is recyclable…

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  2. I’ve got a few acres of land back in the woods of New Brunswick surrounded by somw reasonable farmland. When things go to hell in a handbasket you guys are welcome to join me. Just remember that I’m looking for loyal minions and my job title will be “Duke Douglas”;).

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  3. You are absolutely right about the “you first” attitude. Here in Alberta, it is full speed ahead, screw the environment… we have an oil economy to bask in. The bigger pickup truck/SUV to commute in, the longer the penis. They don’t want the stinking environment to wilt their wee-wee. Even with the announcement of the government to follow Australia’s (Way to go Australia.. You were first!) lead on banning incandescent lightbulbs there are still morons out here, who think that it is a bad idea!
    As for Chuckie, his heart is in the right place, but, the way he presents it, is as bad as his acting. What can you expect from someone coming from Insanitorium Hollywood.

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  4. Actually Paul, now that you’ve mentioned light bulbs, I was wondering if anyone has seen an impact assessment on those new incandescent ones. I know that they use much less electricity, but what about their construction (and destruction)? They contain mercury in small amounts, but my house will require something like 30 of them – multiply that by all of the houses around and we’re not talking traces anymore. What else is in them?

    Wilted wee-wee – nice one!

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  5. Good point Kev,
    I was unaware of the mercury in these bulbs. I wonder if the technology to extract mercury and other heavy metals from computer parts can be applied to this? Are there any research projects on to see if these bulbs can be made without mercury? I think I will have to do some research this weekend.

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  6. The mercury is a problem. An additional one is the manufacturer. I asked an electrician buddy of mine who buys them by the truckload about them who told me that unless you buy from a recognized manufacturer (i.e. GE, Sylvania, Philips) you’ll lose a lot of money just in constant replacement. In other words, don’t buy them from the dollar store. I’ve also noticed that over time they take longer to hit full brightness. It’s a minor inconvienience for the savings involved though.

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  7. FAQ on CFLs

    According to a couple of places I’ve visited, the mercury contained in these babies is actually less than the mercury emitted by coal-fired and oil-fired powerstations to produce the equivalent energy to run an incandescant over the CFL’s lifespan. So even if we toss them into the harbour when they run out, we’re helping the environment! 🙂 (I kid about the harbour, obviously).

    Unfortunately, HRM currently does not dispose of these properly. You are supposed to toss them in the trash when they burn out, according to the person I got on the phone. They are not currently treated as household hazardous waste, locally (unlike batteries, paint, etc.).

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