Three On Energy

… all from Truthout, one on renewable energy, one on the potential and actual environmental damage of encouraging natural gas usage, and one about a different kind of energy, the political energy of determined progressive youth. Now there’s a breath of fresh (and cleaner) air!

UPDATE: one more article, on Hopey-Changey’s push for increased domestic oil production.

AFTERTHOUGHT: in Houston one can now purchase, from the largest electric provider, 100 percent wind-generated energy. Of course, once electricity is in the grid, one source is indistinguishable from another (those electrons really do all look alike!), so nothing changed on our end when we began purchasing wind power; they just started purchasing an equivalent amount of wind-generated power from their suppliers. And the cost? We are paying a rate that is at most a tiny fraction of a cent more than when we were on the generic plan here, which is nuclear in origin. Another myth bites the dust: renewable energy is not necessarily more expensive!

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  • Kay Dennison  On Sunday May 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Good stuff!!!! In the long run, it will probably save more money as it’s use spreads. Some friends here have put in some solar panels and even here in Ohio, they’re reporting some pretty good savings on their cooling and heating bills. I’d like to see my landlord do some energy-friendly improvements but if I’m lucky, I’ll get my lawn mowed!

    • Steve  On Monday May 16, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      Kay, there are many ways in which solar power is superior to wind power. I worry that someday my power company will build large numbers of wind generators in that major north-south migratory bird flyway a few miles west of Houston; such a thing would destroy the bird ecology for far more than just Houston. But moment-to-moment, we can only do the best we can, and wind is what is available to me right now, unless I want “nu-ku-lar” (™GeeDubya Bush).

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