Imagine the possibilities of solving Climate Change and its effect on our Great Lakes if we could support wind and solar power the way we support gas, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power. As stated in this insightful article, Climate Change is going change the Great Lakes.
That should stand out in one’s mind as the most important fact in our energy debates.
So, one has to measure the revulsion of some who are against the unsightliness of wind turbines with the great collapse of the largest fresh water system in the world because of Climate Change. Instead of spending billions of dollars on more nuclear plants (not to mention how dangerous they are), which will take years to build, we could be funding more studies to protect wildlife from wind turbines and creating jobs in the Rochester region.
Our canals could help transport large wind turbine equipment, instead of hauling them across our highways. Our old factories and their infrastructure could be retrofitted to create renewable energy rather than old polluting energy. And, with public monies going towards battery storage, energy efficiencies (like florescent bulbs instead of incandescent), smart grids to supply the power when it is needed, and conservation measures taken to reduce our energy needs our environment could have a chance.
Because, at the end of the day, renewable energy must be a critical part of our energy equation because our environment is in trouble. All other energy sources, except the renewable, heat the planet or are so dangerous and polluting that our next generation is going to be facing a very hot future. The economy, the tax exemptions, and government subsidies should favor an energy system that will make our environment sustainable—not enrich the rich.
When you say no to wind and solar, you say yes to Climate Change.
ENVIRONMENT: Offshore wind is about balance - News Blog - Rochester City Newspaper The key to successful offshore wind development in the Great Lakes will be balance: finding middle ground between blanket opposition and support. Yesterday, during a conference at RIT devoted to offshore wind in the Great Lakes, a National Wildlife Federation representative summarized the situation. Frank Szollosi, a policy analyst at NWF's Great Lakes field office, said the projects are needed to help protect species from the effects of climate change, but those same living things need to be protected from energy infrastructure as well. (April 14, 2011) Rochester NY News, Events, Restaurants, Music, Entertainment, Nightlife - Rochester City Newspaper