A friend of the earth living up in Salem proves himself to be an enemy of the people of the coalfields. And, as is usually the case, he's calling for their economic ruin for their own good.
For the love of God, I can't deal with this:
Boucher needs to wean district off coal
I listened recently to Rep. Rick Boucher's interview on WVTF as he made the case for increased federal investment in clean coal technologies.
Yes, we want jobs, economic development and clean energy. It is worth noting though that there are also substantial economic opportunities in the development of solar energy technologies -- although probably not for the same corporations that have supported Boucher's campaigns over the years.
I can't help but wonder how a municipality that has its own electric utility wouldn't make its future brighter, cleaner and more economically viable by investing aggressively in the free energy of the future. Imagine our competitive advantage if we could tell the companies we hope to lure here, "come to Southwest Virginia where the energy we consume is 100 percent renewable and free from nasty collateral damage, the air is clear, we can eat the fish we catch without worry, and we can travel our region without witnessing the atrocities of mountaintop removal coal mining." (link)
Atrocities? Are you serious? Down this way, and outside the big city, we call that surface mining rural landscape beautification.
And you want us all to what? Switch to ... solar energy? Are you nuts? Pal, if it was going to have been a viable alternative to coal and nuclear and hydro, it would have spread beyond pocket calculator technology long before now.
Then there's that silly "... where the energy we consume is 100 percent renewable" line. If you want to get real about 100% renewable energy sources (and not be talking about calculators), you'd be advocating the use of wood-burning (and corn-burning) fireplaces. They are the only true "renewable" energy sources. But then those animated Disney movies (or was it Judy Garland's "Somewhere over the rainbow"?) from which you have developed your theories probably never went into a great deal of detail on the subject.
The mindset of today's (comfortably employed) environmentalist: "Yes, we want jobs, but quit the shorted-sighted thinking." Like gas in the car and food on the table should be long-term goals.
I can feel my wheaties churning.