Nobody Told the Squirrel

We have had a running battle with these little critters, attempting to buy bird  feeders that claim to be squirrel proof.  I thought I was oh so clever hanging the feeder from wire fishing leader that was so fine I never thought a squirrel could climb down to the feeder.  And, for a while I was patting myself on the back … until today.

The picture tells the story.  The feeder supposedly has a wire mesh frame around it that allows birds to get into the feeder but was supposed to keep squirrels out.

Well, nobody told the squirrel.

Which reminds me of the phrase: “where there is a will there is a way.”  Perhaps it is time to recognize that this is the essence of the problem today with innovation and progress.  It is not about monetization or journey mapping alone … it is about the will to do something even when it is clear there is a compelling business case.

Too Little, Too Late

Finally, even the energy pundits are proclaiming the benefits of electricity over natural gas.  Yes, it does require technologies like heat pumps, infrared, and microwave to be employed, but the DOE’s stand against electricity as bad has finally been challenged.  In case you are unaware the DOE has been openly hostile to the use of electricity ever since its establishment out of the national wrath over the oil embargoes of 1973 and 1978.

I must point out that energy policies come and go.  Remember when we lowered the speed limit on highways to 55?  As I rocket along at 70 mph, I sometimes think about how wasteful that is.  But, of course I would not dare drive at 55 on today’s highways.  I would be run over!

But, our friends at Rocky Mountain Institute have formally concluded something I wrote about 20 years ago.  Nice to have my observation confirmed:

Read Energy Central’s article: Electrifying US Heating Needs Creates Massive Carbon Reductions, New RMI Report Finds

Of course, this is a bit too late to reverse the damage done, especially in the regulatory mood across most of the United States.  Yes, DOE and even RMI back then convinced the vast majority of our regulatory bodies that electrification was wrong and bad.