Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Hurtling toward the Stone Age in style

Our fossil fuels will run out some day, even if that day isn't soon. Then, the only way we will be able to keep many of our modern conveniences is to run the world on renewable sources of energy. Wind power is currently the most viable candidate in the renewable energy quiver. That may account for why it is now the target of the fossil fuel industry. Two U. S. senators, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and John Warner of Virginia, have introduced legislation that would end federal wind power tax credits and would prohibit or allow vetoes over the siting of wind farms in most of the prime wind areas of the United States.

Their supposed concern is aesthetics. It's a truism that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Perhaps they are in touch with the inner beauty of the coal-fired power plants that will have to be built instead and the coal from moutaintop removal that will supply them.

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