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Conservationists Are Only Tilting at Windmills

Posted By Conn Carroll On February 12, 2008 @ 1:18 pm In Energy | Comments Disabled

A Barton, Md., reader of the Cumberland Times [1] pierces through the doublespeak of environmental groups that advocate conservation as the key to avoiding imminent power shortages [2] in the region. Responding to power company admonitions [3] that the public needs to conserve more, he writes:

Lady, I’m retired, on Social Security, over 70 years old and sitting in my house wearing a sweater. We put the efficient bulbs in a good while back. And believe me, sweet heart, by the time I get done paying your soon to be 71% increase in power rates, maybe even more, I’ll know the full meaning of conserving, if I don’t freeze first!

The letter writer goes on to point out that the windmills being pushed on Maryland residents as a solution to their energy needs “are lucky if they produce below a half to one third” of their projected output each month. Instead, he advocates for more nuclear power, whic,  as Heritage analyst Jack Spencer points out, “is emissions-free, affordable, proven and safe. [4]

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[1] Cumberland Times: http://www.times-news.com/opinion/local_story_042120339.html?keyword=secondarystory

[2] imminent power shortages: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/02/AR2008020202554_pf.html

[3] power company admonitions: http://www.times-news.com/local/local_story_011090154.html

[4] is emissions-free, affordable, proven and safe.: http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/fromcomments/224248.php

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