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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Immorality of the Greens

Denver Post columnist Susan Greene takes Colorado Governor Bill Ritter to task for not being "green" enough.

In her column today, "Tri-State's green paint just won't stick," she disagrees with Ritter's praise of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a rural co-op that she says "generates  a quarter of Colorado's power."

She takes Tri-State to task because "less than 1 percent" of the power generated by the company "comes from renewables" and "at least 72 percent of its base load, and counting, comes from coal."

Not once does Ms. Greene mention that "renewable" energy is far more costly to produce than coal based energy.  By ignoring the costs, she can ignore reality. The rest of us can not.

The reality is that "green" energy is going to make it too costly for some to heat their homes.

Higher energy costs hurt the poor more than they hurt the rich. The rich can just write a bigger check every month. The poor do not have that option.

Renewable energy has its benefits. But ignoring its costs is dishonest. 

Raising the prices of a basic need on the poorest among us - without even considering the impact on them - is callous and immoral.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like Ms. Greene doesn't understand that the lion share of renewable power sources she pines for are by their very nature non-base load. As to why she doesn't understand it, my two-bits for my bet is on "head would implode if she had to face reality".

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