At What Cost?
March 26, 2017




Ok, let me get this off my chest just to feel better.

Tonight is “earth hour”, a time, I think 8:30, where everyone is to put out their lights and electricity to say, ‘hey, we want to address this climate change problem. And we’re going to do it because we want the world to know we care.’

I don’t like these things. This is silly and does nothing.
When I was in Haiti, electricity was a privilege. Only the privileged had it. Fossil fuels are the most affordable way for poor people to get power. I was fortunate to stay in a compound where they paid a ridiculous amount of money to have power from 7 p.m. till 7 a.m. The native Haitians had no such options.
The only way for poor people to be able to cook in Haiti is with sticks, twigs, and dung. And keeping things in the fridge? A fridge? What is that?
Instead of renewed energy, what the planet needs is greater investment in research and the development of green energy.

Increasingly, the world’s rich nations insist that these people — the world’s poor — should have no new fossil fuel access. Foreign aid is increasingly tied to renewable energy projects such as building solar and wind power capacity, or tiny “off-grid” energy generators. This has a real cost — and it’s the world’s worst-off who pay.

So symbolism like this is ok, because after an hour we’ll watch our TV, get on our computer, and go back to warming up our cars in the cold, even though we’re against CO2 emissions screwing up our air. And if this would address the poor, I’d be first in line.
But it doesn’t address the needs of the poor. They need more light. And fossil fuels is the most inexpensive and expedient way. The poor have no advocates, like the people of Haiti. Or Kenya. Or the Congo. Their governments could not care less about the people.
This appears rather hypocritical: The rich world relies heavily on fossil fuels, getting just 10% of its energy from renewables (renewables are resources  which can be used repeatedly because it is replaced naturally. Examples are: oxygen, fresh water, solar energy, timber). Contrast that to Africa, which gets 50% of its much lower energy consumption from renewables.)
That’s why we need to do something. It would be great to clean up our planet (although I don’t buy totally into this ‘climate change’ mantra), but at what cost? And why do the poor have to suffer for it?

July 6, 2013

The last few months have been awfully confusing to me. It’s made me realize that this life is not for the weak. Thank God for God.

My friend Bobby passed, like I said earlier, and three days later I’m welcoming my first granddaughter into the world. Then later in the week Gerda, a wonderful Haitian woman I met and just loved her spirit when I was there, had a stroke and died. I’m really confused with what to do about Haiti so please pray. And I’m really aware of the uncertainty of life.

John Piper, one of my absolute favorite authors and preachers said, “I am fully aware that I stand on the edge of eternity”. That means, he realizes that any second he could leave this life and enter eternity. Humbling to say the least.

It’s funny how old habits kick in so easily. I haven’t been eating great nor have I exercised like I should. It’s almost one a.m., and I’m seriously thinking of heading up to Planet Fitness, but I think I’d regret it tomorrow. But I’ve learned one thing: No guilt. If I fall off the wagon, dust myself off and get back on. It’s really that simple.

As much change that has been going around, the same amount remains the same. Old habits come back, old relationships come back, old songs stir old feelings. Kind of poetic in a way. Yet kind of freaky.

I’m trying to slow it down a little and enjoy this thing called life. People that believe in heaven and hell say that this life on earth is hell. I tell them that that is a crazy thought because there is way too much love and good in this life for it to be hell. We just need to slow down.

John Lennon sang, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”. That is so true, my friends. We plan, but God decides.

My weight is up 3 pounds, back to 267, but I’ll get it off. I’m not discouraged, I just need to get serious. If I’m off the wagon, it’s no guilt for me. Just get back on. My goal is to do a 5K, like Ms. Emily Alexander. It’ll happen. I put no time frame on it. Just don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.