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Kurt Bateman

Kurt Bateman

Construction Worker at Independent contractor

Earn a living through construction. Trained as a chemical engineer. Have lived and worked both in the US and in Canada. Everything I learned about leading people and working as a team came through guiding canoe trips in central Ontario at an American Boy Scout camp in my adolescence.

  • This is like the roundup of the Japanese Americans during WWII but probably much worse.

    In Canada like many other countries there are two major language groups. In the southern provinces the English Protestants are the majority but in Quebec the French Catholics are the majority and the roles are reversed

    This is like the roundup of the Japanese Americans during WWII but probably much worse.

    In Canada like many other countries there are two major language groups. In the southern provinces the English Protestants are the majority but in Quebec the French Catholics are the majority and the roles are reversed. There is some political friction but for the most part both groups live peacefully. In the north there is a third group, the indigenous population. With time they have gained more political power and are treated better. How lucky we are that the government works without concentration camps. There are definitive religious and cultural differences between each of these populations but somehow they have succeeded in getting most everyone to buy into the system.

  • It is good that there is a transition going on to cleaner fuel. It is probably a good idea to learn what they are proposing for all the displaced workers.

    Here is an article that has a link to the green new deal proposal and a just transition: https://earther.gizmodo.com/shutting-down-almost-every-coal-plant-and-swapping-for-1833540557

    It is good that there is a transition going on to cleaner fuel. It is probably a good idea to learn what they are proposing for all the displaced workers.

    Here is an article that has a link to the green new deal proposal and a just transition: https://earther.gizmodo.com/shutting-down-almost-every-coal-plant-and-swapping-for-1833540557

  • It is disturbing to learn that most plastics are not recycled but this is not the only way to go. Some work has been done on this. The Norwegians incinerate it to generate energy. Another way to go is to turn the plastic waste back into petroleum. Here is a company in Australia that is doing this. With

    It is disturbing to learn that most plastics are not recycled but this is not the only way to go. Some work has been done on this. The Norwegians incinerate it to generate energy. Another way to go is to turn the plastic waste back into petroleum. Here is a company in Australia that is doing this. With the correct incentives something like this might help to reduce the land filling of single use plastics. https://youtu.be/MTgentcfzgg

    Here is another company in Ireland turning waste plastics into diesel fuel: https://youtu.be/hZ6Rv6hERfY

    In 1990 there was a massive fire in a used tire dump in Quebec. After that fire a researcher in a Quebec university got some attention for the pyrolysis process he had developed and commercialized to turn this useless waste into petroleum. The technology is there to deal with the problem.

  • “For the US overall, an electric vehicle is much cleaner than a gasoline vehicle, even when you take into account the emissions from natural gas, coal, or however else you’re generating the electricity,” says Dave Reichmuth, a senior engineer in the nonprofit's clean vehicles program. And as the electric

    “For the US overall, an electric vehicle is much cleaner than a gasoline vehicle, even when you take into account the emissions from natural gas, coal, or however else you’re generating the electricity,” says Dave Reichmuth, a senior engineer in the nonprofit's clean vehicles program. And as the electric grid moves away from dirty fuel sources, the gap is widening. The UCS study looks beyond driving-related emissions to consider the entire supply chain that goes into making cars go. For the gas guys, that means all the emissions associated with extracting crude oil are included. For electrics, the UCS uses power plant emissions data from the EPA, and includes the environmental cost of mining coal, for example. Because different chunks of the country make power in different ways, the results vary by region.

    https://www.wired.com/story/even-more-evidence-that-electric-cars-could-save-the-planet/

    Here is another article that takes into account how the electricity is generated worldwide: http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/electric-cars-green

  • I recently saw an ad by Solidia on YouTube. ERA ad featuring Solidia: https://youtu.be/egv8ySQCKUk . They were touting the amount of CO2 reduction they were able to achieve with their innovative cement. Here is an article I found about them: https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/41004-Solidia-Technologies-Carbon-Footprint-Reducing-Cement-and-Concrete-Showcased-by-Emissions-Reduction-Alberta-at-Annual-Discovery-Conference

    I recently saw an ad by Solidia on YouTube. ERA ad featuring Solidia: https://youtu.be/egv8ySQCKUk . They were touting the amount of CO2 reduction they were able to achieve with their innovative cement. Here is an article I found about them: https://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/41004-Solidia-Technologies-Carbon-Footprint-Reducing-Cement-and-Concrete-Showcased-by-Emissions-Reduction-Alberta-at-Annual-Discovery-Conference . This is good news and encouraging to hear. Judging from the article they are not alone so innovation is being done with materials.

    It is not just materials that need to be improved and can make a difference. Building code update can make a substantial contribution to energy savings:

    ... builders, performing at the 2006 code level, are forcing their buyers to pay 50 percent more to heat, light, and cool their homes than would be the case if they had used the 2012 code. The $2,000 or $3,000 extra in initial costs the builder experiences pales in significance when compared to the tens of thousands in reduced energy costs the building owners or residents will experience over the building’s useful life.

    This came from a paper that may be long to read but here is the reference: https://www.eesi.org/papers/view/the-value-and-impact-of-building-codes .

    A significant part of or energy usage is not in transportation but in heating and cooling.

    In 1993, space heating and air conditioning together accounted for about 58% of total residential energy use in the United States. By 2011, they made up only 48%, thanks to more efficient equipment, better insulation in walls and windows, and population migration to warmer regions. Interestingly, however, total home energy consumption rose during the same period, owing in large measure to a substantial increase in the demand from appliances, electronics, and lighting, as well as an increase in the average size of single-family homes. http://needtoknow.nas.edu/energy/energy-efficiency/heating-cooling/

  • Interesting article. Back in the early 90’s I worked in a pilot plant for some of the new products to replace the CFC’s that we’re creating the hole in the ozone layer. This problem was urgent and demanded cooperation on many levels to solve. The problem is similar to the one we are attempting to address

    Interesting article. Back in the early 90’s I worked in a pilot plant for some of the new products to replace the CFC’s that we’re creating the hole in the ozone layer. This problem was urgent and demanded cooperation on many levels to solve. The problem is similar to the one we are attempting to address with Climate Change but on a much smaller scale. Back then as now the solutions were already worked out. There were replacement products that were known but it was necessary for industry and governments to participate. The Montreal protocol, an international accord was agreed upon to phase out CFC’s and the major manufacturer of CFC, DuPont (no I did not work for DuPont), unilaterally decided to stop manufacturing CFC. When DuPont made that decision the rest of the industry followed. The efforts were successful although the problem still exists and will be for another 30 years or so.

    At the time of the Montreal protocol the policy makers were aware of climate change. The problem is much bigger and demands even more cooperation to address. Like the hole in the ozone layer the solutions have already been worked out. It is time for governments and industries to adopt and implement. It would be very helpful if the major energy companies show some leadership like DuPont did in the late 80’s. When the problem is finally adequately addressed like as with the hole in the ozone layer it will still be with us for a while. How long depends on when we act and how seriously we do so. We are all in this boat and we will float or sink together.

    Here is an interesting video from Vox that more closely addresses the topic of the article: https://youtu.be/DkZ7BJQupVA .

  • The news reports about the Hong Kong leave out an important way that Hong Kong has changed since the handover to China in 1997. At that time the economy of Hong Kong was about a quarter of that of China. There was incentive not to kill the goose that laced the golden egg. Now that percentage is much

    The news reports about the Hong Kong leave out an important way that Hong Kong has changed since the handover to China in 1997. At that time the economy of Hong Kong was about a quarter of that of China. There was incentive not to kill the goose that laced the golden egg. Now that percentage is much smaller since the growth of the rest of the Chinese economy. It appears that the Chinese do not want to respect the handover agreement they have with the United Kingdom. No wonder the protesters are fighting so hard. Their very way of life is being threatened along with their distinct culture. The people of Hong Kong do not speak the same Chinese as the rest of China, they speak Cantonese. This Vox video was very enlightening:https://youtu.be/MQyxG4vTyZ8 .

    Seeing as Hong Kong is separate from the rest of China it would not be difficult for the Chinese to let them continue their experiment. Mardi Gras works in New Orleans but not in the rest of the US because the rest of the country does not have the traditions that keep them from rioting. When Mardi Gras ends people respect it and life goes back to normal. There is a culture in Hong Kong that allows their way of life to go on peacefully despite the messiness of their democratic form of government. Their form of government is not the same as that of the US or Britain. It is democracy with Chinese characteristics. It is a Petri dish, a small scale experiment that the Chinese may one day see the value of. Benign neglect might be a worth while policy.

  • Well I would not trust anything Facebook said unless another reputable publication backed them up especially on a sensitive subject like this. I am not so sure I would trust their announcements either. They seem to be the sorts to minimize any problems there might be. As far as Facebook news goes, the

    Well I would not trust anything Facebook said unless another reputable publication backed them up especially on a sensitive subject like this. I am not so sure I would trust their announcements either. They seem to be the sorts to minimize any problems there might be. As far as Facebook news goes, the last time I looked at about a year ago, there were articles that seemed odd. A piece would appear about some famous person or politician relating tantalizing bits that I had never seen before. Upon a little closer examination it was apparent why the articles sounded odd. They were not true. So for now Facebook can not be taken at face value. Once bit twice shy.

  • The irony of the situation will be completely lost on Trump and his allies. Tearing down the Berlin Wall was a symbol or extending liberty and like the Statue of Liberty it was done with private money to boot!

    There is a big difference between the Berlin Wall and Trump’s border wall. The Berlin Wall

    The irony of the situation will be completely lost on Trump and his allies. Tearing down the Berlin Wall was a symbol or extending liberty and like the Statue of Liberty it was done with private money to boot!

    There is a big difference between the Berlin Wall and Trump’s border wall. The Berlin Wall was constructed to keep people in, just like a prison. The Trump border wall is meant to keep people out.

    Response to the commenter who indicated that Germany is silently deporting the Syrian refugees. The far right Alternative fur Deutschland party would like to deport Syrian refugees but there presently is a nationwide ban on doing so that was just extended in June until the end of the year. We will have to see in January what happens. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/syrian-refugees-unwanted-in-germany-afraid-to-go-home-1.3978624