Things are busy. I’m about to jump in to the fine art of homeschooling. I recently did a presentation on Peak Oil and Gas. One week after we gathered again to talk a little bit about it. The group inquired about my personal sense of urgency. I answered honestly in saying I really don’t know because no one knows for sure how much oil Saudi Arabia can pump out. I think natural gas is the more prominent issue for an institution because of the capital cost of switching to an alternative. My guess was that there is about a 20-40 percent chance that society could “go off a cliff.” I reflected more about this afterwards. I don’t really have that much doubt that we will hit Peak Oil in the next 10 years. The variable that matters is how people respond. Are we a going to shuttle emails around about boycotting supposedly evil oil companies are we are going to use our collective imagination to work a way out of the challenges ahead?
We do have the potential to do amazing things. That is really the great hope.
Lots of people have been asking me about Obama. George W. Bush is a little more than radioactive in Canada and McCain is close enough to him to be reflecting that radioactivity. One would think that I’d like Obama but I don’t. I don’t like his tax cuts idea, I don’t like what I’ve seen of his energy policy, and I don’t find a lot of substance in what we says. He is a great orator and he has cute kids and a seemingly normal family but that doesn’t make him qualified to lead the US. I don’t know if McCain is any better. McCain does strike me as someone who is just a little past his prime now. His gaffes are a little too reminiscent of the later Reagan years.
A Canadian election is coming up. Nice fixed election date promise Stephen! I’m afraid that Dion’s Green Shift will turn Saskatchewan in a Liberal free zone. It is too bad because I really like the idea of carbon tax, I just think the revenue from the tax needs to stay in the region that is taxed.
I’m not sure what the Green Party is going to do. If I think Canada needs a carbon tax, and one party can win and deliver on it, and the other will struggle to get a seat, which one do you think I’d vote for? I think Dion is banking on absorbing some of the green vote to put him over the top.