Stuff and nonsense

Good morning Stuff! The readers of Whaleoil have chosen a new, more appropriate name for you – see above. This is not just because your approach to free speech and freedom of expression mirrors that of Germany in the 1930s, but it is also because, for the most part, you write such utter drivel. I had thought that your heavily censored commenting policy was all in aid of brainwashing the public into believing that climate change is human-induced, but now I realise it is because you want to be able to write total, unsubstantiated rubbish and have no one question it.

Stuff Family photo ( just teasing)

So, let us see what we can send up today. From my perspective, as a Whaleoil writer, you really are the gift that keeps on giving. Oh well. It is that time of year after all.

Today, we are looking at How 5 Kiwi families cut their emissions. quote.

The Seuseus of Rosehill, Papakura – So dad, Iuta, decides he is going to start cycling to his teaching job five days a week (as long as it’s not pouring with rain). Before that, he drove his Toyota Corolla 5km to and from work each day.

Over the course of a year he would cover about 2250km, pumping 360kg of CO₂ into the atmosphere. end quote.

You have to admire his tenacity and dedication. He will ride a bike when it is not raining. The rest of the time, he will take the car, as usual. This man will save the planet entirely on his own, so long as he doesn’t get his hair wet. He is a superhero. quote.

The Bennetts of Kaikorai, Dunedin – decide they will cut their carbon footprint by having two red-meat-free and two dairy-free days each week.

For a family like the Bennetts, going without red meat for two days a week cuts 1.1 tonnes of CO₂e from their carbon footprint. Forgoing dairy for two days saves another 0.5 tonnes. end quote.

This family lives on an income of $49,000 per annum, so it is surprising that they can afford much meat at all. I suspect this move is to make ends meet (pun intended) more than anything.  They should be careful about removing dairy as well as meat from the children’s diets though. That is how so many children in the 18th century developed rickets. quote.

Saxon-Mahutas of Island Bay, Wellington – decide to cut their air travel in half, making two trips to Sydney, instead of four, saving them about 7.2 tonnes of emissions each year. With the money saved from the reduced air travel, the Saxon-Mahutas can start thinking about buying a second-hand electric vehicle to replace one of their two cars. That would save an additional 4.2 tonnes of CO₂e per year, when they get around to it. end quote.

More caped crusaders, saving the planet by only travelling overseas TWICE a year instead of four times. What sacrifice! And good luck with that second hand electric vehicle. I have noticed that the value of electric vehicles drops through the floor once they are a few years old. This family will have to sacrifice its other 2 overseas trips every year just to pay for the batteries. quote.

The Chin-Wilsons of Atawhai, Nelson – realised Steve could easily work from home so long as there was a decent video conference facility available in the Blenheim office.

After his convincing his employers to install one, Steve avoids the weekly journey, carving 2.2 tonnes (or almost 10 per cent) off the family’s carbon footprint.

The Chin-Wilsons then decide they could do even more by replacing the SUV with a more modest 1.8L sedan. This change saves them another 0.7 of a tonne of CO₂e. end quote.

No EV for Steve though? Wouldn’t that save even more of the planet? Not everyone can work from home. Some employers require that you show your face from time to time. quote.

The Petrovs of Nawton, Hamilton – Selena used to wash clothes in hot water and often used a dryer. By reducing the temperature of the water and drying clothes on a washing line she saves 2.7kgs of CO₂e each wash.

Selena’s twin teenage sons Niko and Erik need new school shirts. Selena visits an op shop and the school’s uniform store to find secondhand shirts. She chooses 10 pre-loved items saving an estimated 6kg CO₂e per shirt or about 60kg CO₂e all up during the year.

Selena starts paying more attention to recycling. Instead of just recycling glass, she also starts recycling plastic, like milk bottles, yoghurt containers and ice cream containers. She also recycles cardboard pizza boxes, paper from the mail and tins.

By aiming to recycle at least half of the household’s waste, she saves about 1.1 tonnes of CO₂e. end quote.

The world needs to prepare itself for a lot more canonisations of climate saints. These people deserve more than a cape. They deserve to be recognised for all eternity.

In the meantime, China and India continue to use coal fired power stations and pump more and more carbon into the atmosphere, negating all of these noble families’ efforts in a matter of seconds.

Great stuff, Stuff.  Writing irrelevant drivel for a quarter of a century.


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