Hey, you right-wing deniers of manmade global warming; get over it. The science consensus is in—everybody knows we can cool the earth with alternative energy. The
feckless fearless and progressive Obama administration plans to stop the oceans from rising. Wind energy will do the trick here in eastern North Carolina. Fandango Wind Energy wants to build 49 wind turbines on 11,000 acres near Washington, N.C. and our state governor and the Obama administration support it. But opponents want to stop this vital project from going forward. Conservative Neanderthals always oppose progress.
Military people at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base (an arm of the Republican Party) say that 500-ft windmills will interfere with low-flying air crew training missions. They also claim that radar interference may be problem in the F-15E flying area. Come on; the fly-boys can do their Top-Gun stuff out over the ocean—and they can fly above 500 feet. In addition some of the best scientific minds in the N. C. Coastal Federation think that low-flying aircraft noise disturbs sea turtle nesting. What’s more important here?
Some opponents of Obama-energy want us to believe the myth that birds are killed by windmill blades. That’s ridiculous. Renewable energy experts believe that the turbulence lifts them up out of danger. Anyway we have lots of birds; no one will miss a few. Endangered Species regulations should apply only on private land where evil capitalists want to build destructive things. Fortunately, we have environmental organizations and the EPA to stop that.
Then, anti-government groups question giving federal stimulus money and tax credits to wind project developers. These investments are necessary. If Gov. Romney is elected he will gut these tax credits, give breaks to Big Oil and distribute our money to his wealthy friends. He thinks that “free market approaches, not top-down central government policies” are the way to go. (link) What a lot of bunk. Middle Class people understand that federal government planners know what’s best for us.
Opponents of wind energy projects are also against state mandates. Traditional energy utilities must be forced to buy renewable sources. Otherwise they wouldn’t use them because coal, natural gas and nuclear are much cheaper. We all must sacrifice by paying more for our energy needs. So be it—we’re doomed here at the coast when the seas rise.
Fortunately for us, in 2007, the North Carolina General Assembly passed a Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard. Now energy companies must show that 12.5 percent of their energy comes from renewable sources or by mandated efficiency.
Get real people. Renewable energy is here, and we’ll get it—good and plenty.Read full article » No Comments »
It has occurred to me that, among other snags in our cultural fabric, “compassion” has hooked American society—defined according to my dictionary: “Deep awareness of the suffering of another coupled with the wish to relieve it.” Now, more than individual human sympathy, it’s become an actively organized and politicized industry, extending to animals (and in some distorted minds, even to plants).
No longer do people “suffer in silence.” They proclaim all their personal afflictions and those of others through the social media—advocates of the distressed loudly and publicly demand concern. Activists tell us to “get involved.” Coalitions and associations of causes organize to “make a difference.” All manner of offended and disadvantaged carry their crosses to the media and courts.
Worse, our legislators entangle us in laws, regulations and rulings that require everyone to bear the burdens expected to relieve a growing parade of sympathies—some clearly ridiculous.
I’m reminded of the unreasonably outrageous extent to which relief of perceived suffering can be taken by a recent news story from Holden Beach. (link) Officials will release feral cats on the island, previously free of these pests. (Chad Adams has commented at this site.)
Normal people understand that the proliferation of untamed cats results in public nuisance: possible spread of rabies, destruction of native wildlife and fights with domestic pets. Allowing savage animals to roam free is irresponsible behavior; but it’s now perversely authorized in the name of “compassion.”
God help us. Elected officials often add to a growing list of insufferable compassions that we must endure.Read full article » No Comments »