The residents in my former home province of Ontario continue to sustain the insults of (and ludicrously increased costs imposed by) policies that have blighted the landscape and sent the provincial coffers reeling into debt, while their political leaders appear to remain oblivious to the disastrous impacts of similar ‘greenest of ’em all’ policies and practices in the U.K. and Europe.
Here in Beautiful British Columbia, where I now reside, CBC news recently reported:
Here are some ideas about ways to save on your BC Hydro bill
Your BC Hydro bill is about to go up nine per cent this April when the first of several rate hikes recently approved by the B.C. government come into effect.
Altogether B.C. residents will pay 28 per cent more for their electricity five years from now.
Chris Higgins from LEED Canada and Morgan Jensen from JBS Home Improvement gave us these tips to keep your bill as low as possible.
1. Change your habits
2. Change your home
3. Go the extra mile
All of the above, of course, have their roots in what is increasingly turning out to be a long over-hyped non-problem first invented by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), creator and promulgator of scary stories since 1972.
This unproven problem (and the so-called “non-policy-prescriptive” solutions … such as “Change your habits”) is rooted in the fear of our dreaded human-generated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and, of course, their threat to the future of our planet.
The “solutions”, according the green-dream mavens – such as IPCC-nik and recently minted BC Green Party MLA, climate modeller, Andrew <we are the vote> Weaver – lie in the subsidy guzzling, ineffective so-called “renewable energy” sources such as wind and solar.
The seeds of such “change your habits” solutions were long ago planted in various political jurisdictions which – perhaps with visions of significantly increased taxes, fees and personal income dancing in their heads – had far too hastily voted to enshrine various and sundry lunacies into legislation.
Last May, I had traced the source of one such legislated “change your habits” lunacy (and its promoters) back to BC’s 2008 Climate Change Act during the course of unpeeling the onion that led to my discovery that by 2015 I shall be obliged to separate my “organic waste”, aka foodscraps, from other waste in order to line the pockets of investors in what I had dubbed Wastelandia.
Readers may (or may not!) recall that I was, well, somewhat skeptical about the current “voluntary” participation of residents in my small Greater Vancouver Area municipality; and that I was not particularly persuaded by the young lady who came to distribute the mini-organic-waste-bins and sing the praises of the process.
In light of the above, while I must confess that I was somewhat surprised to read a not-so-glowing report from the cheer-leader of all-things-green CBC, I was not at all surprised to learn that the City of Vancouver alone had “received more than 4,000 complaints in the first three months of operation”, thereby leading some to conclude that Vancouver – far from being the ‘greenest city of ’em all’ – is developing a reputation as the ‘grossest city of ’em all’.
But never let it be said that such challenges and setbacks do not provide green-lining “opportunities” for others within the realm of Wastelandia. Evidently, since April 2012, Colin Bell and his partner have been operating a franchise called “VIP Bin Cleaning (Vancouver)“.
According to this Dec. 3 CBC report, Bell’s bin-cleaning business has increased by 300% since the May implementation of this particular soon to be mandatory legislated lunacy.
Footnote: Franchise “parent” VIP Bin Cleaning Ltd. appears to have originated in the U.K. sometime in 1997. It seems to be a private company, whose principals and investors are not readily apparent. The only one I was able to track down was a Mark Harvey, Managing Director, whose efforts have brought him (and/or his company) to the notice of the HSBC in 2012 – and it appears that the Canadian franchises are riding the coat-tails of an HSBC Award for Enterprise (to Harvey) in 2012.
Hmmm … riding the coat-tails of unearned laurels seems to be increasingly common among the “sustainability” crowd.