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  • Why Are Greens Fiddling While Coal Burns?

    Great article by John Tierney in The New York Times contrasting the ‘soft’ Barack Obama vs ‘hard’ John McCain approaches to America’s energy future yesterday. The soft path includes “energy conservation and power from the sun, wind and plants” while the hard path is more “about building nuclear power plants.” Tierney does a great job making the case for the hard approach over the soft approach, so read the whole thing, but his conclusion is the best part of the piece:

    By scaring people about the tiny levels of radiation emitted during the normal operation of a nuclear plant, Mr. Tucker says, greens have effectively encouraged the construction of coal plants that actually release more radiation because of the traces of uranium in coal dust. He argues that the risks of terrorist attacks and nuclear waste have been exaggerated, particularly by the environmentalists who objected when the Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste depository was being designed to guarantee a level of safety for only 10,000 years.

    They successfully sued to enforce a safety standard extending one million years — which, in an ideal world, would be a very nice standard. But if you believe global warming is a planetary crisis that must be addressed immediately, should you really be obsessing about hypothetical dangers near one mountain in A.D. 1,000,000? If there’s already a proven technology that doesn’t spew carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, why fiddle while coal burns?

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    2 Responses to Why Are Greens Fiddling While Coal Burns?

    1. Pingback: Why Are Greens Fiddling While Coal Burns?

    2. Thomas Gray, South C says:

      The people that are making war against our energy supply's to me are nothing less than cold blooded killer's, they care not about the affordability of electricity that retired and unenployed and disabled and sick must have.

      The only current options for electricity are coal, atom, NG,,,, Wind farms demand more energy to manufacture and install and maintain than they produce in their life time or nearly so, thus they are net energy loosers and unsustainable, location spicific, bird killing machines that as yet do not power ANY city much less all our city's.

      Our legal system is what is freezing our energy supply.

      It seems just becouse a law is written it's not a given that it's a good law.

      Off topic but something to consider,,,

      You’ve got only a couple thousand bucks in the bank. Your job pays you dog-food wages. Your credit history has been bent, stapled, and mutilated. You declared bankruptcy in 1989. Don’t despair: You can still buy a house.” "

      This was from an April '95 issue of the Sun-Times, urging people with subprime credit to contact ACORN and have them fight to make banks write bad loans

      the efforts of ACORN to strongarm lenders to make subprime loans

      Another upstanding group of people,,, Tom.

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