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LETTERS — Cold beer sales drive global warming – Saltwire

Wasteful practices

I am alarmed at the changes our world is experiencing because of global warming. My heart breaks at the thought of the violent storms, droughts, floods, food insecurity, etc., that today’s young people might have to experience in their lifetime. 

If we can do anything to prevent or mitigate that tragedy, we must. New laws and bylaws are needed to force changes to packaging and design. New and upgraded housing and infrastructure must be required to incorporate lower-emission heating and cooling technologies at the design stage. Transportation has to move away from fossil fuels. 

Those necessary measures are not simple. But there is one easy measure that could be enacted immediately with significant benefit. Stop the sale of cold beer. All liquor outlets feature large, refrigerated rooms and units for beer — and refrigeration requires large fossil fuel inputs. Often after purchase, the beer gets warm and then is refrigerated again. 

It is no big hardship to cool our own beer. We’ve survived the removal of single-use plastic bags from retail stores. Let’s move on to bringing home room-temperature beer.

Jackie Leppard, Simms Settlement

Popeyes idling insane

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 to survive.

The first was regarding the “Popeyes mania” in Halifax, where there was a queue of motorists wishing to patronize a new restaurant — at one point, the lineup was over a kilometre long. Didn’t the drivers get the message about idling cars contributing to global warming? How many times are cars lined up onto the street at drive-thrus, stopping traffic? How much convenience is worth ignoring the future?

The second article was titled: “Action needed to contain global warming.” It seems that the political solution is to make promises and commitments that are not fulfilled. When will we understand that it is citizens like us who will reduce climate change and ensure there is a future?

Edward Young, Pleasantville

Cross purposes

Two recent news items: 

  • The federal government unveils its plan to reduce carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2030.
  • The Ontario government raises speed limits on some roads to 110 km/h.

In what alternate universe do Ontario politicians believe that driving faster will help contribute to reduced emissions?

Ray Cambria, Chester

No plaudits for energy audits

Efficiency Nova Scotia is running amok trying to burn off ever-increasing funding from taxpayers: it’s offering poor advice while offloading services.

I took advantage of their program to come to your home to change light bulbs, install low-flow shower heads and wrap the hot water tank. 

The wrap caused the heater to sweat, the condensate seeped into the electrics, causing  a short, which resulted in the heater’s failure. Whatever pennies I might have saved from the wrap were more than wiped out by the cost of a new tank.

So I decided to save money and install a hybrid water heater. The water is heated by a heat pump that sits on top of the tank. I called to inquire about energy rebates and was told I’d have to have an energy audit. I told them I already had one done. They informed me it was only good for one year. “Why?” I asked. “My home is 40 years old and nothing has changed.”  

There was no flexibility or common sense. So to get a rebate for the water heater, I had a home assessment redone, reluctantly. My first audit, done by Efficiency Nova Scotia staff, cost $100 — $115 with tax. Since then, Efficiency Nova Scotia has privatized the audit program. To my surprise and anger, the cost was now $200-$230, tax included. More money for a needless service. However, Efficiency Nova Scotia now returns $0 of the $200 paid to actually do something they recommend. I found this out on my own, not by them informing me. Unlike fridges and freezers, there is no $30 payment for the old hot water heater, either.

I did purchase a hybrid heat pump. The bill included a $400 discount, saving me $460, tax included. Great. I asked, “Why the discount?” and was told, “Oh, that? It’s the Efficiency Nova Scotia rebate.” So I will pay $115 for an audit I did not need in order to save $460. The system installed cost $4,000. The actual savings from the rebate is only 8.6 per cent. 

It strikes me that the province, if it is really serious about energy efficiency, would be better off giving a sales tax exemption to all qualifying energy-saving products. This would result in an immediate substantial saving of 15 per cent and encourage the use of energy-saving devices by all Nova Scotians. They should also require only one audit charge, no tax.

Richard O’Brien, Bedford

Anti-mining mantra

Re: Elisabeth Kosters’ Feb. 17 opinion piece and Kathryn Anderson’s Feb. 28 letter. The anti-gold-mining group is at it again — Kosters talks about the green transition, but apparently does not 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 gas-powered car. 

Also, besides gas for your vehicle, there are 6,000 products which come from oil, and if you really want to go green, uranium is on the critical mineral list and nuclear power is the future. 

Kosters also talks about mining companies being 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 then not expect to make a profit? 

She states that if a mine is not profitable, the company will shut it down. I know of only one organization that can continually lose money and stay in business because they have 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-mining activists have against companies making a profit and employing hundreds of people with well-paying jobs?

It must be nice to sit back in your retirement with your pension cheque and criticize a company that’s not in your neighbourhood and that just wants to do business. 

And if you are going to criticize a Mining Association of Nova Scotia employee because that person is paid to promote his industry, just look at the Ecology Action Centre with 33 well-paid full-time employees. Where does their funding come from? 

Ken Mallett, Wellington, president, Nova Scotia Prospectors Association

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