Aging Gracefully In Canada

“While governments have money to spend on things such as electric car-charging stations and light rail transit, that spending will do little to benefit seniors.”
 
See Time for seniors to stand up to governments
I stumbled upon an article written a few years ago griping about the situation of seniors, mostly related to taxation. I guess it takes all kinds but I noticed the line at the right about governments promoting electric vehicles. These can really be a benefit to seniors like me.

I’m likely to be driving for about a decade if I don’t die sooner as I still have good hand-eye coordination, know how to use mirrors and speedometers etc. To me, an electric car is absolutely wonderful. Because there are so few moving parts compared to a car with an internal combustion engine (ICE), I won’t have to waste my precious dollars nor dwindling time on repairs, oil-changes, and fuel. I can go on an outing with a full charge and return with no trouble at all and just plug it in, just like many people do for winter driving anyway. The more public EV charging stations there are the less it will cost me to drive. Sure, this is mostly a benefit to younger people commuting to work but it is definitely a blessing for seniors.

Let me tell you about being a senior… If I need to maintain my gas-guzzler, I have to make a phone-call. Yes, there is a website for that, but you still have to confirm by phone; the dealership calls back to verify stuff. I hate that. Young people on the phone talk way too fast for me. I have poor short-term memory so I’m constantly in a confused state and if I have to write something down, I’m further distracted. It’s really a problem. I don’t have that problem on the web. I can read at several times the speed I can comprehend speech on a telephone. That’s just the way I am. I hate to be forced to use a telephone just because I drive a gas-guzzler. I’m getting an electric car to be done with that. TLW (The Little Woman) can arrange her own service in the future….

If I’m driving a gas-guzzler, I get into trouble. The thing can drive 550km on a tank of gasoline and I just can’t endure such a long episode and sometimes I forget to get a rest stop. An electric car with a range of 160km on a charge is perfect for me. I get enforced frequent stops and I have to plan the trip in detail to visit charging stations. I love to do that. It keeps my brain engaged.

An electric car is quiet. That does pose some danger to pedestrians who trust their ears to safety but I love it. I can listen to music (oldies stuff, of course) better while I drive. I can hear the noise of the tires and detect the slightest problem with them early. It’s one less thing about which to worry. An electric car has no exhaust. Of course that’s good for the atmosphere but I hate being near an engine cranking out whatnot by the ton. It’s just foul gases for no benefit to anyone.

Why should I not be happier and spending less in my old age? Governments, go on promoting electric vehicles. Help a senior today! Manitoba, where’s our subsidy? BC, Ontario and Quebec have them to benefit seniors and others and to promote electric vehicles. Why not Manitoba with an abundance of renewable energy?

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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8 Responses to Aging Gracefully In Canada

  1. dougman wrote, “he can hold a electric wind-mill fan out the door which will charge said battery of EV”.

    Most electric vehicles and hybrids have regenerative braking. No need for a windmill. It’s not exactly $free energy but recycled energy. It matters.

  2. dougman says:

    Pogsey is of the sound mind, to say that, when cruising downhill in his EV, he can hold a electric wind-mill fan out the door which will charge said battery of EV.

    There is free energy, and there is “free-energy”.

  3. Deaf Spy says:

    And from the same source:
    Such an important question needs to be discussed and analysed – advocates of wind power shouldn’t shy away from such a debate

    But, of course, Robert never criticizes his pet ideas: ARM, electric vehicles, Linux… 🙂

  4. Yes, FAKE NEWS. “The analysis by Garrad Hassan in WWF-UK’s Positive Energy report (www.wwf.org.uk/positiveenergy) also showed that greater interconnection between the UK and Europe could reduce the amount of gas back-up plants required in the UK by up to 50% and ensure that the remaining gas plants on the system are operated far more economically.”

    The thesis of Deaf Spy’s crackpot is that backup power for wind is less efficient. Of course, he’s assuming a turbine plant for each windfarm when in reality there exists a grid and one turbine plant can back up many windfarms. Bad maths. Garbage in and garbage out. My quote is from the same article Deaf Spy quoted, BTW so he knew or should have known his guy was a crackpot.

  5. Deaf Spy says:

    FAKE NEWS

    “A new report published on Monday by Civitas, a social policy thinktank that promotes a “free and democratic society”, is claiming that wind power is “inordinately expensive and ineffective at cutting CO2 emissions”. In a particularly eye-catching claim, it argues that “wind power, backed by conventional gas-fired generation, can emit more CO2 than the most efficient gas turbines running alone”.

    “In a comprehensive quantitative analysis of CO2 emissions and wind-power, Dutch physicist C. le Pair has recently shown that deploying wind turbines on “normal windy days” in the Netherlands actually increased fuel (gas) consumption, rather than saving it, when compared to electricity generation with modern high-efficiency gas turbines”

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2012/jan/09/wind-turbines-increasing-carbon-emissions

  6. Deaf Spy wrote, “In the Netherlands, recently they came to the conclusion that the carbon emissions to produce a wind-mill are never compensated for its operational life.”

    Facts not in evidence. FAKE NEWS! Obviously it takes a lot of energy/material to build a windmill but the life of the thing can be decades. That’s a lot of water under the bridge that Deaf Spy has to wish away. Following his logic there never would have been a windmill and slaves would be operating the pumps…

    Where I live, Manitoba Hydro is reducing the cost of electricity by paying for power from windmills. Would they do that if what Deaf Spy purports was true? Nope. I happen to know the costs of windmills because I plan to set up one or more in my yard. They can easily supply a little power during darkness to complement solar panels. They cost so much a watt of capacity and deliver watts for decades. Do the maths.

  7. Deaf Spy says:

    In the Netherlands, recently they came to the conclusion that the carbon emissions to produce a wind-mill are never compensated for its operational life.

    In other words, it is all politics. The Dutch keep producing wind-mills mostly out of political reasons, with very little else. They will never shut down their coal plants, never, ever. For a very simple reason, which I’d leave to you to ponder on.

  8. dougman says:

    “While governments have money to spend on things such as electric car-charging stations and light rail transit”

    Wait till they get all that revenue from carbon taxes! I know Trudope is salivating at the endless gravy train.

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