Right now, today, solar and wind energy is ready to power the West. And, the article on Think Progress says that by 2026 solar and wind could power the entire nation.
How does 10 million jobs sound? How does 10 million jobs WITHOUT man camps, strip joints and prostitution sound? How does an energy source that is cheaper than fossil fuels sound? How about not depleting and polluting our water, soil and air?
When I moved to my new home and signed up for my electric service, I chose the option of having 100% of my energy come from wind and solar. It costs a little bit more but it’s worth every penny.
Sure, we have a lot of newly discovered hydrocarbons in all the shale plays across the nation. But please remember that most of those hydrocarbons are not recoverable and, what is recoverable, causes irreparable damage to the environment.
We can take a new direction.
How does it feel to have some hope? Let’s give subsidies to renewable energy and tax the hell out of hydrocarbons. Let’s work like hell to push for solar and wind.
UPDATE: Speaking of new directions…
The Rodale Institute has released a report showing that organic farming kicks Monsanto to the curb.
Organic farming is far superior to conventional systems when it comes to building, maintaining and replenishing the health of the soil. For soil health alone, organic agriculture is more sustainable than conventional. When one also considers yields, economic viability, energy usage, and human health, it’s clear that organic farming is sustainable, while current conventional practices are not.
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Tim Ruggiero says
My neighbor had me talked into buying a windmill-About $13K to install, and with an average of $350 a month in electric bills now, would have it paid off in just a few years. After that, the juice is FREE. Low maintenance, no spills, no leaks, no emissions, no truck traffic, no ruined roads, no bad air, no loss of property, no contaminated water. Unlike natural gas, there’s no ‘production drop’, no workover rigs, compressor stations, pipelines, metering stations, dehydration units. And, also unlike frack gas, solar and wind actually ADD value to your property. The choice is easy- compressor station or wind mill? Of course, we do not have either a windmill or solar now, and will not be ever-at least not at this place. Our home is an Aruba Petroleum industrial waste site.
Some naysayer have been saying that windmills kill Bald Eagles. I guess that’s a valid point. But then there is that other thing that kills them ~
We have bald eagles in north Texas? Do we have any eagles at all in north Texas? I see red tail hawks that next around us, but have never heard my neighbor say one time that his windmill is shredding birds. I have seen quite a number of red tail getting whacked by cars and trucks on the highways.
Some birds blunder into spinning blades. More birds land in frack ponds. Many other birds, their prey and their environments are poisoned by the by-products of oxidizing carbon.
More than you have time to read:
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Mike H. says
Remind me why there’s still fracking, while there’s idle frack wells around?