Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Shape of Things to Come

It's nice to be vindicated by government experts who write reports, even though a government report doesn't necessarily change the world.

Check out my March 6 blog called "The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind." Then scope out this A.P. story from Yahoo! News this morning: "Use of Wind Energy Expected to Grow Dramatically." It describes how a recent report, "a collaboration between the Energy Department research labs and industry, concludes wind energy could generate 20 percent of the nation's electricity by 2030, about the same share now produced by nuclear reactors."

Because it's clean, safe, and increasingly cheap as time goes on, wind power is the unavoidable alternative, even for Republican administrations, who tend to avoid such solutions because the wind is free, and no giant corporation or billionaire can make money selling it.

The A.P. story adds that "Such growth would pose a number of major challenges, but is achievable without the need of major new technological breakthroughs..."

We've reached the point where our continuing dependence on petroleum is insupportable. We don't have enough oil to meet our needs, and dependency on the Middle East sabotages our national security because of the nature of our relationship with that region and recent history.

Petroleum is the problem. Electricity is the answer. You'd have to be unconscious not to see it, and even THIS administration recognizes it, proving once again that even a clock that's stopped is right twice a day.

1 comment:

Joe said...

Wind power requires relatively low construction costs.