Sunday, 29 September 2019

I Won’t Vote for a Party That Would Bring Back Famine

I have trouble with the main plank of the Green platform. The Greens want less CO2 in the atmosphere. Why is that a problem?


Almost 80% of the earth’s atmosphere is nitrogen and about 20% is oxygen. Greenhouse gases comprise about 1% of our atmosphere, and most of that is water vapor.  CO2 is only a very small portion of the 1%. In fact, carbon dioxide is about 400 parts per million parts of atmosphere.  How much of that carbon dioxide is produced by processes under man’s control?  About 5%. So, if you have a million units of atmosphere, the stuff the Greens wants us to stop producing accounts for 20 of those million units. Let’s suppose we doubled our carbon dioxide emissions. Now CO2 would be 420 parts per million. And if we stopped altogether, then what?  380 parts per million. Somehow it doesn’t look like what we are doing matters a whole lot. Climate is changing with or without us. We do not control solar activity, and this seems to be mainly what drives climate change. I am all for facing the fact that we live in a country that has at various times been covered by glaciers and at other times by jungles. Men didn’t stop previous climate changes, and they won’t this time.


I have an even bigger problem with the Green doctrine. We are a carbon based life form at the top of a carbon based food pyramid. The foundation of that pyramid is plants. Plants grow through the process of photosynthesis, which requires CO2. It is not mere coincidence that mankind has basically ended famine (other than famine contrived through military or political action) in the last 3 decades. In that time, the earth has warmed and living plant mass has increased substantially as a direct result. People eat plants and animals that people eat also eat plants, so we have more food to go around.


Don’t misunderstand. I am not in favor of polluting our air, water and soil: those are precious and we have a responsibility to guard them, but Green doctrine is to have the government interfere in the economy to cause massive price dislocation and corresponding resource misallocation. There is ample evidence in the works of von Mises, von Hayek, Rothbard, Hazlitt and others. The standard of living (i.e.: availability of resources) of Canadians will sharply fall if the country was to enact the Green platform, and the climate would keep right on changing anyway.

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

I Won’t Vote for a Party That Wants to Amputate My Cut Finger

The Green Party has obtained a lot of press coverage the last couple of weeks on account of the platform they recently released. It seems that people are impressed with the radical policies and plans outlined therein. No more oil exploration, for example. Just let the industry shrivel through attrition. Yeah, that is radical. Kind of makes the Conservative platform seem like a Band-Aid. But what’s so bad about a Band-Aid? I mean, if my finger has a cut, I’d rather have a Band-Aid than an amputation. 

This country of Canada is really a pretty good place to live. We have some problems here and there, but they tend to be problems that can be mitigated with a tune-up. The culture does not need to be gutted. That is not to say that there aren’t some people for whom life in Canada is tragic and catastrophic. These people would likely have difficulty anywhere they live. In recognition that the smallest indivisible unit of sovereignty is the individual, I notice that one of the fundamental policies of the Conservative Party is to facilitate individual initiative. Yet another policy of the Party is to help those who cannot help themselves. It seems that Conservatives care. The lives of catastrophe need to be salvaged. But the rescue does not mean throwing the baby out with the bathwater. In my opinion, the Greens don’t get that.

Monday, 23 September 2019

A Reason I Won't Vote Green: I Care About First Nations

It’s easy to see the charm of the Green Party. The Greens have some refreshing policies. For example, their national website describes that Greens want to “End Colonialism and Oppression of Indigenous Peoples.” I can’t fault that. I want that too. I have consulted with Indigenous Peoples, most extensively in regards to the contaminated water issue, and my heart aches over the anguish many have faced in regards to the social disruption and maltreatment of themselves and their relatives.

Nonetheless, the Green website promises action for the benefit of First Nations peoples. Yet it seems to me that it is easy to promise what you won’t be called upon to deliver. 

I am reminded of an enjoyable evening at a quality Italian restaurant in Calgary earlier this year. I was hosting three gentlemen of the First Nations business community, each of whom had a mirthful sense of humor. I forget what we were discussing, but it was an evening of laughter when somewhat out of context, the gentleman on my right, who is a bank and business advisor, soberly remarked that the only government that has ever helped the Indigenous Peoples of Canada has been a Conservative government. Immediately the other two, the CEO and CFO of a First Nations resource company, murmured their agreement, and one mentioned that the Liberals talk, but they don’t do. 

I don’t doubt that a Conservative government will help the First Nations of this country, and, unlike the Greens, the Conservatives will likely get the chance to do it. If not, then I expect the Greens to support the Liberal minority government and then we’ll see how much is really done for our First Nations fellow citizens. No, I won’t be voting Green.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

Just Ask and Don't Get Bent out of Shape at the Answer


In the post at https://gordon-feil-theology.blogspot.com/2019/09/producing-happiness.html, we discussed why we should aim for happiness. Our suffering comes from our rejection of our here and now. This rejection is characterized by emotions that don’t feel pleasant: boredom, anger, frustration, despair, and so on --- emotions that we feel when we do not like what’s going on. These are painful emotions. And they often distract us from doing the wise thing. Or they sap the energy we would otherwise have for doing the loving thing. Or, as in the case of anger, they unleash energy that often is then channeled into doing the harmful thing. The posting at https://gordon-feil-theology.blogspot.com/2019/09/asking-for-salt-shouldnt-be-big-deal.html examines whether we can reprogram our responses to life so that we are not caught in the trap of focusing on security, pleasure and power.

Friday, 6 September 2019

Destroying Alberta


There is a recent interview of two experts (one of whom I know, since we both serve as advisors to the same company) on the subject of American interests conspiring to destroy Alberta’s oil industry. It’s a worthwhile listen for anyone even peripherally interested in such things.


Thursday, 5 September 2019

Happiness

Most of us would like a change in our lives. We are unhappy about something. This unhappiness presents as a variety of unpleasant symptoms such as anger, anxiety, boredom, fear, frustration, hatred, headaches, high blood pressure, jealousy, loneliness, resentment, restlessness, ulcers --- an unease about something or maybe many things ranging from credit to climate. We blame others; we blame ourselves; we even blame God. Yet maybe somewhere in you lies the suspicion that your thought patterns set you up for unhappiness. If so, you are right. Over at https://gordon-feil-theology.blogspot.com/2019/09/producing-happiness.html  I posted a short essay about becoming aware of what you are doing to yourself and how to stop it.


Thursday, 29 August 2019

Gay Gene?


On my CBC news app, I saw an article this evening about a large study that failed to find a “gay gene”, but when I wanted to find the article at the CBC website and used Google to do so, the Google link is:

Google’s description of the CBC article, that plainly states that the study failed to find a gene that predisposes a person to being gay, starts with “The largest study of its kind found new evidence that genes contribute to same-sex sexual behaviour…” as though Google is determined to verify the antiquated opinion that people inherit homosexuality.
I’m not a biologist, but I know how to read, and I think we will eventually find that Yes, people are born with a predisposition to being gay, but that the trait is triggered into behavior by social influences and experiences. Someone without that predisposition, but with the same external influences, will not be gay. Further, I think we will find out, and in fact, I think we already have found out from studies involving identical twins, that predisposition is not genetic but is related to the hormonal environment of the womb.