Thursday, April 15, 2010

Other Side: low carbon footprint!

Everybody’s running around like a chicken with their head cut off these days, worrying about their “carbon footprint.”  Meanwhile, various governors (past and soon to be past) and other former members of the governing elite are positioning themselves to make a fortune developing taxpayer subsidized wind power operations.

Hey; capitalism is good, and if you can get some government help with your capitalism, all the better, right?  We all know how to tell the difference between “taxpayer funded investments” and “corporate welfare." 

You do, right?  If you don’t, leave a comment, and I’ll get back to you.

Anyway, that’s not the point at this moment.  Instead, Other Side is reporting in on our own efforts to minimize carbon footprint, if not blather footprint.

Yesterday we received a memo that appears to be from the Maine Public Utilities Commission.  It documents the sources of our electrical power.  You should have received one just like it.

Guess what.  About 40% of our power is “hydro” based; 22% is nuclear; 23% is from natural gas; only 13% is from oil and coal. The rest is from other renewable resources such as biomass and municipal waste.

The way we see it here in dinosaur land, that’s pretty low on the carbon footprint scale.  And they want us to cough up endless dollars to fund wind power development, enriching elite insiders, and in the end, pay what they promise will be much higher recurring rates for the power itself?

Yeah, that sounds good.  Almost as good as buying a social disease, Officer Krupke.

To quote a memorable line, “go sell crazy somewhere else.  We’re all stocked up around here.”

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