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Thursday, July 8

Debunking the Top 10 Energy Myths

Pretty interesting information FYI in this story at Popular Mechanics.

Debunking the Top 10 Energy Myths
The road to clean energy is full of enticing opportunities—and perilous pitfalls. Picking the best path requires avoiding both starry-eyed hype and cynical fatalism. In this special report, PM debunks 10 of the most pernicious myths that could derail our progress.

I was most pleased to see them debunk the myth of "clean coal" because it is indeed a pipe dream. It's upsetting to me to hear politicians talk about it because either they've been hoodwinked by the coal industry or they've been paid handsomely to lie in their slimy teeth.

Here on the east coast where there is pretty consistent wind out at sea, wind turbines have been poo-poo'd by the weathy who are afraid that their ocean views will be spoiled. Somehow, those few people's opinion takes precedence over sanity.

In my opinion, if politicians didn't need donations to be elected and it was illegal for them to take one dime, trip or gift from lobbyists, we'd be getting the truth.

Most importantly, we must try to use less energy and industry must be coerced to pollute less. Oh man, I sound like Jimmy Carter...

I looked up "cap and trade" and what's the big deal? Sounds like a plan. Republicans are against it. Why? They must be getting paid by the big polluters because there's no other reason that a logical sane mind couldn't wrap their head around the benefits of emissions trading. Or maybe there isn't a logical sane mind in the GOP? That might be true too.

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