This is super cool:
The 42,000 people living in Burlington, Vermont can now feel confident that when they turn on their TVs or power up their computers they are using renewable energy. With the purchase of the 7.4 megawatt Winooski One hydroelectric project earlier this month, the Burlington Electric Department now owns or contracts renewable sources — including wind, hydro, and biomass — equivalent to the city’s needs.
“We’re now in a position where we’re supplying Burlington residents with sources that are renewable,” said Ken Nolan, manager of power resources for Burlington Electric Department, earlier this month. “The prices are not tied to fossil fuels — they’re stable prices — and they provide us with the flexibility, from an environmental standpoint, to really react to any regulation or changes to environmental standards that come in the future.”
According to Nolan, the utility will get about one-third of its power from the Joseph C. McNeil Generating Station, one-third from wind energy contracts, and one-third from the hydroelectric stations Winooski One and Hydro-Québec. The McNeil power station is a biomass facility that primarily uses wood chips from logging residue leftover from the harvesting of wood for other products.
How about since the military itself (that’s Admiral Mike Mullen, not some candy-assed hippy dippy tree hugging freak, mind you- and here is a good .pdf download from the CNA corp’s militry advisory board) states that climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing global security, we slash the military budget by 2/3’s and invest it in renewable energy? That would be great, if for no other reason than allowing me to make it through an election cycle in West Virginia without being inundated by campaign ads with all the candidates fellating the coal industry. Ads like this:
That’s the DEMOCRAT who is about to lose to Shelley Moore Capito in the race to replace Senator Rockefeller, in part because her campaign has been as desultory and insulting to Democrats as Mike Oliverio’s back in 2010. Democrats around here have not yet learned that if you give the people a choice between a Republican and a fake Republican, they’ll choose the real Republican every time. As such, say hello to Rep. McKinley and soon to be Sen. Moore Capito.
At any rate, considering one of our national political parties completely lost their shit over energy saving light bulbs and removing phosphates from dish soap (phosphates that poisoned the waters of Lake Erie rendering Toledo without drinking water, btw) , I’m not going to hold my breath. Not to mention, we have a lot of brown people left to kill in the Middle East, and that costs money.
Can I get a “Fuck Yeah, ‘Murrika!”
*** Update ***
Apparently these communists are also all bent out of shape over a little change in the weather.