the old country WAGDAIYF

a green Scottish New Year dilemma

I can’t really wish that Lang May Your Lum Reek if I’m concerned about CO2 and smog emissions, can I?

goatee-stroking musing, or something

mississauga smogrise

I love the way the smog rises over Mississauga in the morning.

goatee-stroking musing, or something o canada WAGDAIYF

Energy Saving Tips for Canadians, #1: a name thing

Canadians are remarkably profligate in their energy use, and I think I know why. It’s not to do with the oft-cited scale of the country, the size of our houses, our cold winters or our hot summers, it’s something simpler than that; it’s what we call our electricity.

Power here is generally known as hydro, and with it comes images of tree-lined rivers with bears happily fishing for salmon. Local electricity companies tend to have that watery thing in their name: Toronto Hydro, Hamilton Hydro, London Hydro (Crieff Hydro is something quite different, though). Some happy green images, eh?

I propose that we stop using the term hydro, and replace it with the snappier smog belching, nuke leaking, only fractionally hydro. It’d certainly make yer average Kathy or Doug drop their double-double (or donut, or dumaurier) when they got their smog belching, nuke leaking, only fractionally hydro bill in. Energy use would plummet, and at no cost to anyone!

cars suck goatee-stroking musing, or something

Smog City TO

According to Toronto Public Health, we’ve had more than double the number of smog days in 2005 than the previous record year — and the year’s nowhere done yet!

We had more smog days in June 2005 alone than we had in all of 2004! And it’s all because of Margaret’s right to drive an SUV.

o canada

Notice of Winter Smog Watch

Good work, you polluters: Notice of Winter Smog Watch. It’s February, and they’re talking about smog …