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A Green Economy

February 8, 2009

President Obama keeps talking about creating a “Green Economy.”
A good idea if approached rationally. Even in flat out National Defense terms, more domestic energy equals a safer and stronger America.

If you read my tech blog, you know I’m a fan of electric cars. I also understand that electricity doesn’t magically appear from the plug in the wall. It has to be generated in large amounts to support a modern economy.

Remember how all the watermelons kept claiming that we can’t drill for domestic oil because it would take “10 years” to get the oil flowing? Well, they were saying that 10 years ago and they were wrong then too. They were also wrong about the timing. There are reserves that can tapped in two to five years.

If you want to talk about ten year plus projects, you can’t find a better example than a lot of the “green” power projects such as industrial level wind and solar power. Not wanting to do them because they will take ten plus years is just as wrong as not wanting to tap domestic fossil fuel resources.

There are also some wind/solar projects that can be up and running in two to five years. Cape Wind for example, which is being blocked by the two liberal democrat Senators who don’t want their view from their mansions to have a source of clean energy in it.

The Obama plan for green energy is missing one of the most important parts of the future of America’s energy independence and economic growth, clean and plentiful Nuclear Power.

There are solid ecological reasons why the founders of Greenpeace and the Gaian movement, and other honest greens, support the expanded use of Nuclear Power.

Building Nuclear Power Plants will provide jobs, and plenty of clean and relatively inexpensive electrical power. Power that will boost the economy and make electric and plug in hybrid cars much more practical.

Videos

August 23, 2007

You can find ’em over at No Moss Here.

Two by Greenpeace nailing democrat Senator Ted
Kennedy on his opposition to Cape Wind.

One is by a feminist group that tells the truth about Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Speaking of Kennedys and energy…

February 13, 2007

Michael Stubblefield, , of Oxnard CA, is the longtime air quality chairman of the Los Padres Chapter of the Sierra Club, has an op-ed on RFJ, Jr. and his “inconsistent views” on energy and pollution:

For an “environmentalist,” RFK Jr. has some inconsistent views on how America should respond to the imminent threat of global warming that, according to the recent United Nations report, is both real and far worse than anyone realized.

While RFK Jr. is extolling the virtues of LNG as a “bridge” fuel out here on the West Coast, he’s simultaneously spearheading the opposition to a carbon-free wind farm proposed by Cape Wind Associates LLC on the East Coast, even in the face of virtually categorical endorsement by most environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club’s Massachusetts Chapter.

Cape Wind wants to build America’s first offshore wind farm at Horseshoe Shoal, a shallow part of Nantucket Sound. On a really windy day, Cape Wind estimates that its project will produce up to 468 megawatts of electricity (the maximum expected peak demand is 454 megawatts), with absolutely zero emissions. On a typically breezy day, the project will produce about 170 megawatts, which is 75 percent of the 230 megawatt demand of Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard. Does Nantucket Sound really need this energy?

The New England Independent System Operator says that it needed it by 2006! But RFK Jr. and his millionaire clientele who have summer homes in the area have fought Cape Wind for the last six years and it’s still dead in the water.

Read the whole thing.