LETTERS — Cold beer sales lead to global warming
I am alarmed by the changes our world is experiencing due to global warming. My heart breaks at the thought of the severe storms, droughts, floods, food insecurity, etc. that today’s youth may experience in their lifetime.
If we can do anything to prevent or mitigate this tragedy, we must. New laws and regulations are needed to enforce packaging and design changes. New and improved housing and infrastructure must be needed to incorporate low-emission heating and cooling technologies at the design stage. Transport must move away from fossil fuels.
These necessary measures are not simple. But there is a simple measure that could be adopted immediately with significant benefits. Stop selling cold beer. All liquor outlets have large chambers and refrigerated units for beer – and refrigeration requires significant fossil fuel inputs. Often, after purchase, the beer is warmed up and then chilled again.
It is not a great difficulty to cool our own beer. We survived the removal of single-use plastic bags from retail stores. Let’s move on to bringing room temperature beer home.
Jackie Leppard, Simms Institution
Crazy Popeyes slow motion
Reading the April 5 edition, I was struck by two articles that seemed to indicate that there really is no hope that the world (and humans) have a chance of surviving.
The first involved the “Popeyes mania” in Halifax, where there was a queue of motorists wanting to patronize a new restaurant — at one point the queue was over a mile long. Didn’t drivers realize that idling cars contribute to global warming? How often are cars lined up on the street at the drive-thru, stopping traffic? How much convenience is worth ignoring the future?
The second article was entitled: “We must act to contain global warming”. It seems that the political solution is to make promises and commitments that are not kept. When will we realize that it is citizens like us who will reduce climate change and ensure a future?
Edward Young, Pleasantville
Two recent news:
- The federal government unveils its plan to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2030.
- The Ontario government is increasing speed limits on some roads to 110 km/h.
In what other world do Ontario politicians believe that driving faster will help reduce emissions?
Ray Cambria, Chester
No applause for energy audits
Efficiency Nova Scotia goes on a rampage trying to burn ever-increasing taxpayer funds: it offers bad advice while offloading services.
I took advantage of their program to come to your house to change the light bulbs, install low flow shower heads and wrap the hot water tank.
The packaging caused the radiator to sweat, the condensate seeped into the electrical, causing a short circuit, which led to the failure of the radiator. Whatever pennies I could have saved on packaging were more than wiped out by the cost of a new tank.
So I decided to save some money and install a hybrid water heater. The water is heated by a heat pump located above the tank. I called to inquire about energy rebates and was told I had to do an energy audit. I told them that I had already made one. They told me it was only valid for one year. “Why?” I asked. “My house is 40 years old and nothing has changed.”
There was no flexibility or common sense. So to get a discount on the water heater, I had the house re-assessed, reluctantly. My first audit, performed by Efficiency Nova Scotia staff, cost between $100 and $115 including tax. Since then, Efficiency Nova Scotia has privatized the verification program. To my surprise and anger, the cost was now $200-$230 including tax. More money for useless service. However, Efficiency Nova Scotia now returns $0 on the $200 paid to actually do something they recommend. I discovered it by myself, not by them who informed me. Unlike refrigerators and freezers, there is also no $30 payment for the old water heater.
I bought a hybrid heat pump. The bill included a $400 discount, which saved me $460 including tax. Awesome. I asked, “Why the discount?” and they said, “Oh, that? It’s the Efficiency Nova Scotia rebate. So I’ll pay $115 for a check I didn’t need in order to save $460. The installed system cost $4,000. The actual savings from the rebate is only 8.6%.
What strikes me is that the province, if it really takes energy efficiency seriously, had better give a sales tax exemption to all qualifying energy efficient products. This would result in a substantial immediate savings of 15% and encourage the use of energy efficient appliances by all Nova Scotians. They should also charge only one audit charge, no tax.
Richard O’Brien, Bedford
Subject: Opinion piece by Elisabeth Kosters from February 17 and letter from Kathryn Anderson from February 28. The anti-gold group is back — Kosters talks about the green transition, but apparently doesn’t realize that compared to a gas-fired power plant, an onshore wind turbine requires nine times more mineral resources for its components; building an electric vehicle requires six times more minerals than a gasoline-powered car.
Plus, in addition to gasoline for your vehicle, there are 6,000 products that come from petroleum, and if you really want to go green, uranium is on the list of critical minerals, and nuclear energy is there. ‘coming.
Kosters also talks about the fact that mining companies are only in it for profit. What a revelation! Can you imagine a mining company spending hundreds of millions of dollars to open a mine and not expecting to make a profit?
It states that if a mine is not profitable, the company will close it. I know of only one organization that can continually lose money and stay in business because it has an unlimited piggy bank: that, of course, is the government, and you, the taxpayer, are the piggy bank.
What does this group of anti-gold activists have against companies that make profits and employ hundreds of people with well-paying jobs?
It must be nice to sit in your retirement with your pension check and criticize a company that’s not in your neighborhood and just wants to do business.
And if you’re going to criticize an employee of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia for being paid to promote their industry, look at the Ecology Action Center which has 33 well-paid full-time employees. Where does their funding come from?
Ken Mallett, Wellington, President, Nova Scotia Prospectors Association