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Writer calls for truth on renewable energy and climate

by Lisa Abbott — last modified Feb 15, 2010 10:20 AM

The Lexington Herald Leader published a strong piece today about renewable energy and climate change written by Jessamine County farmer Henry Riekert. You can find his full commentary here.


Riekert writes:

"Every 45 minutes enough sunlight strikes the Earth to power every home and building in the world for a full year. The U.S. Department of Energy has determined that enough energy could be produced by offshore wind farms alone to power the entire country. Incredible, isn't it? All that clean, renewable energy readily available and we're still burning oil and coal...."

And he wonders:

"Why can't the USA do what other countries are doing? As my German grandparents always said, there isn't anything America can't do.Of course, that was then and this is now. We live in an America where corporations are people and money is free speech. Where oil and coal corporations spend millions of dollars every year to kill legislation that threatens their industry and to discredit scientists who sound the alarm. It's an America where members of Congress earmark public money to fossil fuel industries whose profits are measured in billions. Where industry executives tell elected officials which regulators to hire and fire. We've become an America where industry spends millions more every year spreading misinformation and outright lies."


Meanwhile, here in Kentucky, legislation is currently moving forward to a) remove the current ban on nuclear energy in Kentucky, b) create a caucus of legislators whose purpose is to promote the interests of Kentucky's coal, oil and natural gas industries, c) allow utility companies to condemn private lands in order to build pipelines to transport carbon dioxide captured from coal plants, and d) call upon Congress to prohibit the US EPA from regulating greenhouse gas emissions.  


Anyone looking for a terrific source of information about these and other energy bills pending before the Kentucky General Assembly should visit the website of the Kentucky Resources Council. Look on the left side for a link to "bills we are watching."

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Does Scientific Data have a Price?

Posted by Todd at Feb 15, 2010 07:31 PM
The writer brings into question something ive pondered long and hard, Does Scientific Data have a price tag? Science should be the one factor that settles debates but due to the major difference between data, we, the people, are caught in the crossfire. Im an adamant supporter of coal but I do not believe everything the Don Blankenship's of the world spew nor do I believe everything the Extreme Environmental groups spout. Somewhere in the middle lies the truth. But where?

To whom, do the common men and women turn to for answers?


Does Scientific Data have a Price?

Posted by Todd at Feb 15, 2010 07:36 PM
Also the writer remarks about the earmarks for coal. This makes me wonder, would the alternative energies not receive any special funding to "Jumpstart" the projects? Come on, that would seem a little hypocritical to chastise one industry but not the other one? How about this, when/if the alternatives energy barons come into the area, how will you feel when they are making billions? Lets be realistic and honest, the only reason they will build and invest is to make MONEY! The environment will play second fiddle to the almighty dollar. Sad... but Very TRUE!


Agree with one comment

Posted by Todd at Feb 16, 2010 10:32 AM
I should have included this in one of my other comments but I share the same sentiments with the writer in regards to, we, The United States of America can overcome and prosper in any situation. From the very beginning of the whole Climate Change/Green Movement ive always stated dialogue and communication is the key. I dont think either side has done a very good job @ bringing the sides together. Both sides treat this as a competition, keeping score so to speak, and in the end the people, the common folks will lose.

For those interested, spend some time sifting through the following site.

Its a great site to get a national perception of the Wind Industry. If you spend anytime at all on the site you will realize its not all "Flowers & Roses" as most every environmental group would have you believe. So, if you are like myself and want to know Positives & "NEGATIVES" (yes, even alternatives have negatives) visit the site.

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