The sky is not falling

Letter writer Doug Wilson discusses his faith in human beings.

Editor:

There are some things that really attract my attention.

One of those is my faith in my fellow human beings. With the talk of global warming having started only a few short years ago it is positively amazing how many things have been developed in these last few years that capitalize on naturally-occurring things — wind, water and solar energy.

Creative industry can be found in all parts of the globe. Factories are developing solutions to problems that in my lifetime no one knew existed.

Major automobile manufacturers are producing vehicles that, for one example — a Volkswagen diesel — uses three litres for every 100 kilometres.

When I was young there was the talk of some Winnipeg inventor that invented a carburetor that suggested amazing gas mileage.

The part of the story I never bought was that there is no possible way a vehicle of, say, 50 to 60 years ago could ever achieve that kind of gas mileage with that day’s technology.

We may curse the computer age but the technology used in today’s vehicles is the only way that these new cars are getting the fuel mileage that they do.

The unseen electronic devices that control the air and fuel feed, coupled with exhaust tools such as turbos, slipperier lubricants, rolling resistant free tires and your new car can use as little as five or six litres to drive every 100 kilometres.

In the Lower Mainland a firm working with Lafarge cement has developed a method of converting carbon from the air in to everyday usable chemical products.

That is what I believe is happening. Humanity has a way of finding solutions — few scientists are sitting on their haunches just watching the world go by.

Globally mankind is a solution-oriented untamed force that is our children’s future.

Our homes compared to my youth are unbelievable energy efficient in many months; I pay more for delivery costs and taxes to heat my home than I do for the fuel to heat it.

People talk about green house gases; few world homes older than 60 years were insulated and required tons of energy to heat or cool them.

Global warming may be being foisted upon us but look at the amazing things we are doing.

I am sorry, Henny Penny. For me the sky is not falling.

Doug Wilson

Williams Lake

 

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