Out of the energy crisis. The reasons are simple:
- Finding and processing fossil fuels (or any type of energy) has to occur somewhere.
- That somewhere isn't in the US any more, if local citizens have anything to say about it.
But while the county as a whole favored the project by a 58 percent majority on June 3, most of the rural voters whose land would be affected by the refinery said no.
"I'll keep fighting it," said farmer Dale Harkness, whose front yard could one day face the refinery, which would also need a pipeline to be built.
He and his wife, Carol, vow to fight in the courts to prevent a project they say is speculative at best, and at worst will pollute the land, creeks and skies of this tiny town for generations to come.
"They will never build here. 150 years from now someone will be enjoying that land and this land," Harkness said, pointing to the property around him. [More]
The big problem with wind farms is access to the grid. But try to string some hi-voltage wires.
We're sitting on umpty-squat bazillion tons of coal. But try to dig it up.
The United States is rich with coal, and mountaintop removal has begun to replace underground mining in Appalachia as the preferred method of extraction because of its efficiency and lower cost. Mountaintop removal involves leveling mountains with explosives to reach seams of coal. The debris that had once been the mountain is usually dumped by bulldozers and huge trucks into neighboring valleys, burying streams.
The coal industry asserts that mountaintop removal is a safer way to remove coal than sending miners underground and that without it, companies would have to close mines and lay off workers. [More]
We know nuclear power has the best environmental record and operating history. But try to build a new plant.
I am not saying this opposition is wrong-headed.* But these are the reasons we are building our 40 Year Farm Plan based on increasingly expensive energy of all kinds. (I dunno - 40 years sounded kinda biblical)
While we lightly dismiss the NIMBY syndrome in the US, until another generation is in control who can glimpse a greater good, all the red-faced arguing in the world about energy dependence and gas prices is futile. It doesn't matter we could produce more.
What matters is we won't.
*Even though we all know the right answer.