Clean energy will cost us dearly
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- What turns me off most about the clean/green movement is the closed-minded/totalitarian/socialist attitude and agenda. It shows almost a complete disregard for working people and a contempt for balance that shows an utter lack of common sense. The EPA, with its overkill tactics and regulations, is a prime example of this. Yes, change happens, but you don't need a sledgehammer to kill a fly.
So, let's talk about the "real costs" of destroying the carbon-based fuel industry in this country. If you shut down the carbon-based industries and related infrastructure that supports them, we will have tens of millions of additional people out of work. We will have the "real cost" of adults and children without health care, dysfunctional families, divorce and homelessness. How many billions will that "real cost" in social services, public assistance, welfare, family counseling, law enforcement and unemployment payouts be? What about the "real cost" to folks who lose everything trying to survive in an economy as close to a depression as we seen since the '30s? Not to mention the billions in "real costs" of clean energy as it impacts utilities, housing, food and services; the billions lost in state revenue that provide for education, teachers' salaries, pensions and health care and Medicare for the elderly?
How many decades will it take for "clean energy" to replace those businesses and jobs? The mass production of "clean/green energy" will cost trillions and consume millions of acres of land needed to house solar panels, wind farms and associated infrastructure. This will disrupt and permanently alter human, animal and insect habitat. For those driving the "clean/green" agenda to ignore these "real costs" is intellectually dishonest and unfair. It is also intellectually dishonest to use agenda-driven science instead of real fact-based science to promote it.
Clean/green energy is rife with it's own technological hurdles, real costs and dirtiness. We need to slow down and focus on a "mature" balanced carbon/green energy policy for the country. With experienced individuals on both sides of the issue working together to arrive at a common-sense approach with solutions and goals that won't wreak havoc on an already fragile economy. We need to quit blaming each other, act like "grownups" and think.
Von Albert Ehman
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