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Switching to Electric Vehicles Is Not Going to Cut Our Need for Oil

Sorry to rain on the EV parade.  It is an exciting era. To zoom around in a soundless battery operated car. Perhaps I will be able to sneak ...

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Switching to Electric Vehicles Is Not Going to Cut Our Need for Oil

Sorry to rain on the EV parade.  It is an exciting era. To zoom around in a soundless battery operated car.
Perhaps I will be able to sneak up on my teenagers without them hearing my car coming. Alas, I kid myself... I do not yet own an EV.

Well, today I just have to repeat what I have mentioned perhaps even years ago, in that ....we all have to get over the notion that electric vehicles are going to cut off our dependence on oil. The oil industry is still going to be around for a long time. 

Why? Because our electrical grid is partially fueled by the oil and gas industry. So let's say that the politicians could somehow snap their fingers and force us all to drive electric vehicles, and let's pretend that our electrical grid could somehow accomodate all of the charging requirements for these vehicles, what would happen to the oil industry? It would still keep chugging along. Why? Because our electrical grid is partially fuelled by  OIL.

If you don't believe me, please read the documents linked here issued via IESO:


If I am understanding the charts properly from the a fore mentioned link....our electrical grid is supplied by the Oil and Gas Industry by 29%. That's a pretty large chunk don't you think? Why do folks presume that this 29% will just disappear? Or is it just that they prefer to "not see" that our electricity is partially provided by Oil and Gas? Is it easier to pretend that we are green if we don't use a gas pump, but instead pump elecricity into our E-vehicles? Must we be so naive to think that "all electricity" is green???

If you are looking for a more "up to the minute" update on the sources of our energy in Ontario...you may want to check out the sublink from their site : http://www.ieso.ca/en/Power-Data

I want to encourage my fellow Canadians to stay informed on a balanced perspective when it comes to the oil and gas industry ....especially as to how it pertains to our own beloved country.


Good News Most Wanted

It's Sept 24 2020.

So many folks just focusing on doing what they do best, their work, raising their families, prayer and occasionally trying to stay current on the news.

The news, however, is playing with the politicians, who are trying to pacify the "experts" and keep the citizens happy at the same time. I feel for their quandary. It is a fine line to try to walk.

I think finally in Ontario, that the politicians have realized that another full shut down is not in the best interests of our province or our beloved country of Canada. Every single moment of a full blown shut down causes years of financial misery. Bailouts are a helpful bandaid, but they are not the cure.

The cure will be found in one or more of the following: vaccines, natural means of strengthening immune systems, and spiritual victories by those who know how to pray. And by the way, just because we start using vaccines, does not mean we should exclude the other blessings of natural health methods and spiritual practices of prayer. There is no such thing as being "'too healthy" right?

It needs to said as well, that the governments have spent millions, perhaps it will be billions soon, to keep Ontario schools open this fall. That is why they can't just switch their party line and tell us all to stay home and hunker down if they expect students to still get to school and justify the millions of dollars already spent on developing and continuing to staff the online schooling system. 

My province is hiring so many more teachers just to manage the inflow of "online" teaching opportunities. It is a daunting task to help children learn in person, let alone when they are sitting at home with a plethora of distractions. Or perhaps I am incorrect in this assumption. Perhaps some students will actually learn better without the extreme effects of peer pressure. High school students may experience less peer pressure to involve themselves in the common temptations of drug or alcohol use.

Believe it or not, most students actually do enjoy learning and doing well in school, they just don't want to be shamed in front of their peers for being "brainiacs". They don't want to be teased for being eager to please their teachers by seeking out extra homework or speaking too much with the teacher. Perhaps online learning will provide a welcome sidestep for those high school students who really do take pride and joy in learning and doing the best that they can do.

Well, It is actually refreshing that the politicians are bound by this educational quandry in that they can't shame us adults for going out and doing our jobs. If the teachers are working....we are all working. That's that.

I can't speak for anyone else, but as for me, I have felt a "flood" of shaming pouring forth from politicians and public health "officials" right from the get go of the pandemic in February or March of this year. Politicians and health "officials" were looking to point fingers at someone to blame for the pandemic, and so they took pot shots at the public, the easiest target of all.

I pray that we all, as a society will not allow "shaming" to be the 'modus operandi' of the day. We need to have a sense of good will and well wishes towards our fellow man...as well as the business and corporate entities that employ us. I am not looking for enemies.

I also pray that this pandemic will not lead to a plethora of law suits from all human or corporate entities trying to blame instances of Covid 19 infections on their fellow citizens. This time of human experience is an opportunity for us all to be gracious....to pray for our fellow man, and do what is best to keep ourselves and our families healthy and happy. That's all for now.

Peace out,

Friday, September 11, 2020

Things Getting Messy?

There's a verse I like to think of every once in a while....it comes from the book of proverbs chapter 14:4.
"Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox." (kjv)

Basically the verse expresses what I discovered to be true in real life...in that ...when you are trying to create something new....be a pioneer...things can get messy. Real creative work rarely occurs in a spotless pristine picture perfect office space. It occurs when creativity is allowed to burn brightly amid the joy of making something. Just like a smelly live ox...(I doubt his stall is picture perfect)...and i wouldn't want to be near whatever is on the floor of his stall. But the ox has a place. The strong ox has a purpose. His strength can accomplish much. And so now also, you may be tired of doing your work in your pajamas and holding zoom calls why your kids are playing with the cat in the background. But if you can stick it out and bear with the mess, the unscripted, the unpredictable and these chaotic times, you just might wind up with something strong, something that pays...that will sustain you and your family as time moves forward. Time always moves forward. Believe in God yes, but believe in yourself too.

The verse mentions an ox. I'm assuming we all know that owning an ox would create quite a bit of "natural" "special odors" as well as a trail of  waste throughout it's daily activities. But few of us have ever had the experience of seeing what an ox can accomplish on an old fashioned farm. An ox was the strength of the farmer. It would pull the plow to create the deep furrows in the ground so the farmer could grow new crops. When a boulder needed to be moved from one location to another, a strong ox would haul it out of the way. When the grain needed to be ground into flour, the ox's strength operated the stone mill. His strength created the harvest. The owner owned the ox. But the physical strength of the ox was even greater than the physical strength of the farmer. The owner reaped the real harvest from the strength of his ox.

When we are trying to build something in business or the investment world, we are trying to create something that is bigger than ourselves ....that will sustain us over the long term. We are trying to create something that has staying power and a positive "brute" force for good and prosperity.

So, if you are working from home right now, because you can't get into the office because of the pandemic .....don't despair because of the mess right now.
  Keep your eye on the harvest that will be yours!
 It is not the time to lament the fact that the lines between home and workplace have become blurred. It is not the time to get discouraged over the small inconveniences of 'pandemic' preparedness. It is not time to lament the mask wearing or the hand washing.

But it still is a perfect time to build something. It is a perfect time to keep building what you started building years ago. I am not talking about physical buildings...I am talking about building something that will generate income for you and your future generations. I am talking about
continuing to believe in your own creativity...the content of your life.

Keep meeting clients....zoom meetings or phone calls etc...are not the same as in person, but at least it's something that is keeping you moving forward toward your goal. The order will return to life, as the world rights itself from this pandemic. Things are in flux. It can be messy. But sometimes a bit of mess is the best nesting place for awesome creativity.

 In midst of a global mess,