Recently, Rep. Thompson wrote a piece about how we use energy in this country. There were pros and cons to his column. I agree we cannot change from carbon energy to alternatives overnight.
It is true there are a lot of special interests that would love to remain on a carbon based system. Some of those special interests are unpatriotic, selfish, greedy, and do not give a rats tail about the people of the U.S. or its national interests. When they think of green, they are thinking of money only. We can have a balanced energy distribution system, a system that uses coal, solar, wind, and nuclear to name a few besides oil and gas.
Some people have a negative view of coal but look at the plant in Washingtonville. They just installed a "scrubber". It is a super tall smoke stack where, as the smoke moves up the stack, it is sprayed with a mixture of water and limestone dust. This process neutralizes most of the harmful compounds that used to enter our atmosphere. As technology improves, we may find better ways to "scrub" coal's output. I believe it is possible to continue to use coal.
What I didn't agree with was Thompson's statement that the transition to alternative sources would take decades. The bigger challenge is change. People are resistive to change especially when they are bombarded with propaganda telling us of the inconvenience of the change.
President Kennedy, in 1961, challenged us to put a man on the moon. The goal was achieved by the end of that decade. I believe if we put our minds to it, we can have a balanced energy system by decade's end. We can accomplish anything.
Submitted by Virtual Newsroom