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Letter to the Editor: Winter, COVID-19 and fossil fuels

Just like me, I assume most of Cochrane have been hunkering down in our homes over this weekend. This can very likely be contributed to COVID-19 restriction and yes, Old Man Winter. We are so very lucky that we have homes that have so many comforts.
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Just like me, I assume most of Cochrane have been hunkering down in our homes over this weekend.

This can very likely be contributed to COVID-19 restriction and yes, Old Man Winter.

We are so very lucky that we have homes that have so many comforts. That should never be taken for granted.

Fresh clear clean water is pumped to our homes. Sewer is pumped away!

Compressed gas is delivered to fuel our furnace to heat our homes and hot water tanks, barbecues and cooking appliances.

We have an abundance of hot water to wash our hands from COVID, to shower and take a relaxing bath.

Electricity is delivered to light up our rooms so we can work from home.

To power our computers, TV’s, washing machines, dryers and so, so, so, many more other appliances.

We have Internet, cable TV, telephone, satellite, cell phones and what not. It is astonishing really if you think about it.

This is all possible because fossil fuel is used in all the infrastructures to support those conveniences.

That make me wonder what some people think that fossil fuels need to be phases out.

With all due respect, our prime minister seems to be one of them.

It goes beyond my wildest imagination how this can be accomplished without seriously compromising our comforts.

I do believe we can do a much better job of reducing our energy consumption and other resources.

I also believe that we are allowed to use all of our natural resources. There is an abundance here in Canada.

I say USE, not misuse it, or waste it!

How would our hospitals work without energy from fossil fuels?

Our Water Treatment Plants. Sewer pumping stations, Gas compressor stations, trucks that clear our streets, sport centers, hockey rings. I think you get my point.

We live in Canada, the Great White North. If it was not for fossil fuel, we would not have the life we enjoy today.

So, I challenge anyone to come up with a plan to phase out fossil fuels without compromising our comforts, standards of living and safety for that matter.

Just my thoughts.

Gary Kooistra