You know, Renee, to make this email REALLY usable you need to allow comments.
You tree-hugger progressives are AFRAID of the truth and are afraid of real conversations, so you stick your heads in … uh, the sand (I’ll be nice…).
You guys are so worried about a plastic bottle yet allow our beautiful country to be totally destroyed by stupid, foolish decisions.
You are so happy about windmills that cost $8 million each, yet take EIGHT SEMI TRUCKS to deliver ONE, plus installation plus they are proving to not be efficient (how many does anyone see operating at any time? Yeah, not many…) plus are NOT safe for wildlife (do your research on eagles, migrating birds, etc.) let alone for people, cows, livestock and local wildlife being driven crazy with the blade vibrations and shadowing.
Do you realize what’s going to happen IF the EPA and you lefties get your way with the coal plants in Southern Indiana? Yeah, I didn’t think so. Our WHOLESALE electric rates will increase by 80% or more, which means retail will DOUBLE. Then, of course, what is this going to do to the costs of production, restraints, businesses, etc.? I know that I cannot afford MY bill to double, but since you’ve got unlimited income, you don’t care.
So, again, if you wish to really have a meaningful email/blog, open it up for discussion!
You know, Mark, my column actually does have a comments section for each and every post. You’re always welcome to offer your productive thoughts and feedback any time. I just ask that it be respectful and constructive, so you…uh, may not qualify.
I, personally, am more of a solar girl, but since you mentioned wind power, here is some food for thought (Source: Hoosier Environmental Council policy brief on the impact of wind farms).
- The amount of time a wind turbine (1.65 MW to 3.0 MW) takes to produce as much energy as it consumed – from extraction of raw materials to manufacture to installation to dismantle to disposal – is 6.6-7.2 months. Additionally, about 80% of a wind turbine is recyclable.
- As an animal lover, wildlife is most definitely a concern of mine. According to the US Dept. of Energy, bird and bat mortality caused by wind turbines is quite low. In fact, buildings/windows, house cats, high-tension lines, vehicles, pesticides, and communication towers are much higher offenders. Perhaps you would suggest that we eliminate tall buildings, cell towers and kitties too?
Read the full brief for more details and in-depth information on your concerns regarding wind power.
The subject of coal has many layers. I see that your immediate concern is electric rates. As you are gravely mistaken with your assumption of my income, I can empathize; however, I tend to focus my energy on reducing the amount of electricity I use, rather than wondering how I can get it for cheap. Without going into full detail, leaving that to the experts at HEC: Our reliance on coal is bad for the environment and bad for our long-term health. Our beautiful landscapes are flattened when coal is mined, nearly 35 million lbs of pollutants are released into our air each year when coal is burned, and millions of tons of toxic coal ash is dumped inappropriately in our state each year. Coal ash contains arsenic, selenium, lead, mercury, and chromium that leach into our ground water and pose a threat to public health. Indiana has more coal ash ponds – 84 – than any other state. I believe these are strong reasons to reevaluate our dependency on coal.
I am actually ambidextrous; so I hope to engage lefties and righties in a productive conversation about energy conservation, clean air, clean water, recycling and other topics that should be of utmost importance to all of us.
I use my column to offer advice on small daily acts that individuals can do in hopes of conserving the resources of our beautiful country – and world. In fact, I am worried about a plastic bottle. But I’m disturbed to read that you think my concern stops there. I’m a realist who knows that the only person I can control is myself, so I have to focus on the small things that I can do. I believe that small individual efforts can have a huge impact on our planet.