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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Alternative energy deserves what the fossil fuel industry does

You know, the subjective of alternative energy came up in a discussion with a friend of mine. Now everything he brought up to me was known by both of us before hand. But, at the root of this problem is the fact that the fossil fuel industry gets huge government support-- always has, and will continue until we do something about it.

This can be seen in the PTC (production tax credit) for wind energy. I mean why on earth does our congress go about doing these tax incentives through a patchwork of bills and amendments, etc? Wouldn't it make much more sense for them to do something more long term to help the alternative energy initiative?

If our congress were to do this-- make permanent revisions to the tax code-- instead of the current patchwork business they are now engaged in I believe this could help out the alternative energies in a huge way! But the fossil fuel industry as a whole have many top rate lobbyist on their side. Plus, you have to figure into the equation people of the likes of Charles and David Koch who literally have untold billions to oppose this idea with. And of course they would.

I mean this is literally not rocket science folks. We have the technology right now to make this happen. We could get the majority of our electricity from solar and wind, with baseload coal and nuclear for backup. Plus, there has been much work done on solar power plants that will allow them to produce after dark or when the sun is not out. I just wish that the average consumer of such electricity would realize this fact-- there is no longer a need for either coal (and its noxious pollutants) or nuclear and the threat of a meltdown!

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