The bitter end of the energy pipelines

Uncle Teddy's Christmas Gift to Cape Codders 

Only Hawaii is more vulnerable than New England and Cape Cod to interruption of imports or a distribution system breakdown.  Electricity costs here are nearly 40% above the national average because we don't produce any energy in the entire region.

We are literally at the end of the energy pipelines.

Yet at a time of global energy emergencies, record numbers of  hurricanes destroying oil rigs in the Gulf  of Mexico, Middle East instability and violence, Asia's insatiable and ever increasing energy appetite, the prospect of more Katrinas and devastating flooding wrought by global warming, how can Massachusetts survive and prosper when our own representatives in the Senate and Congress are the ones trying to stop renewable energy available off our own shore?

I returned today from three weeks in Southeast Asia where the growth of commercial demand for energy is obvious and very scary. If America continues as it has since the first Arab oil embargo of the 1970s (photo on right), you will be paying $6 to $10 a gallon for gas in another decade--if you can find it. In the meantime, assume your heating bill this winter will be nearly 50% higher, unless the Arabs get really mad at us, in which case all bets are off.

 These are your Christmas  gifts from:

  • Senator Ted Kennedy
  • Senator John Kerry
  • Congressman Bill Delahunt
  • State Senator Rob O'Leary
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