It's time to lobby for renewable energy

ithacajournal_250Lobby for alternative energy

We will never reduce our dependence on oil unless we use every alternative. In 1974 France decided to end its dependence on foreign oil. It built nuclear power plants that now supply 80 percent of its electricity. You can either praise or curse its decision. Their radioactive waste is stored underground in lead-lined containers and must be safeguarded for hundreds of years. Perhaps the visual pollution from wind turbines and solar panels isn't so terrible after all.

I'm sure you are unaware that in April 2006 a senator prevented 130 wind turbines from being constructed. These turbines would have supplied 75 percent of a city's electricity. The senator's name is ________. Wait, first some facts. The Cape Wind company spent four years and millions of dollars obtaining approval from 18 different state and federal departments. The permits, licenses, studies and reports submitted by the company would fill a small library. Why even Greenpeace approved of the project. The wind turbines were to be located offshore and 8 miles from the senator's home. He couldn't even see them with binoculars.

I hope I heard thousands of computers being turned on and the click clack from fingers on keyboards? Let's send a strong message to this opponent of both green energy and Greenpeace. We all agree he must belong to that vile unmentionable political party. So, start typing. Here is his name: Sen. Edward Kennedy. Did I just hear the loud click from thousands of computers being turned off? Yes, I know you just wanted to save electricity.

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