ETHICS ISSUES: GOVERNMENT and ENVIRONMENT

ENVIRONMENT:  NOT YET READY FOR ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

Waiting for wind power?  Don’t, because it’s not going to happen.  So far we’ve subsidized wind power research to the tune of $24BILLION, and have not yet replaced one conventional power plant with the technology.  Nor will we.  One reason may be that it would take an area of 300 square miles (THAT’S SEVENTY-TWO THOUSAND ACRES) to equal the electricity produced by one conventional plant on only a few hundred acres.  Of course this would have to be built where the wind blows.  Then of course wind generators only work about 30% of the time, and their maintenance is VERY expensive.  And then the power must be transported/distributed to where it’s needed by an infrastructure of expensive and ugly towers/wire, all the while making noise that you wouldn’t believe, killing birds at a rate of a million a year, and requiring backup by other power sources, all in the name of the environment.  All this reported by an old friend of mine,  Dr Jay Lehr, Science Director of the Heartland Institute.  More info can be obtained from www.windfarmbop.com.

Better to place your bets on solar, which some day probably will reach the efficiency required to provide power in areas like Southern Arizona, where the sun DOES shine.  You can forget about it in Seattle and Boston and the world between, that famous zone ‘where the sun don’t shine.’

We may yet rule out coal in favor of natural gas and nuclear, but don’t hold your breath on that one either.  Or worry too much.  Expensive technology HAS made coal-fired plants cleaner and more efficient over the years.  Funny how folks demand more and more ‘clean’ electricity while wanting to shut down more and more ‘dirty’ plants that produce it and thwarting construction of other generating plants by excessive (and EXPENSIVE) government (EPA) regulations.

Let me repeat an earlier admonition: If you think government can run (anything all all), just look at what it’s done with and to the American Indian over the 150-years or so that it’s been in charge since running them off their lands.  Created a virtually permanent underclass—that’s what.  A harsh assessment?  Maybe, but look at the evidence.  The average Indian on the reservation has a pretty sketchy existence, even compared with the illegal immigrant (and certainly with the legal ones).

As always, comments questions and concerns are welcomed.  Encouraged, even…

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