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GlassOnion: It's funny how quickly those who are either invested in or told by right wing analysts to care about fossil fuels forget all of the subsidies given to the oil industry at the turn of the century - and to this day. No large-scale technological changes occur without governmental support. I'd like you to name one that got there all on it's own without collaborations with governmental labs, public universities, and private industry along any part of the supply chain. I, for one, am concerned about the health of the planet not only for selfish anthropocentric reasons, but because other creatures deserve to live here alongside of us. Are there other things that cause environmental destruction? Of course. But knowingly, ceaselessly developing new technologies to extract dirtier and/or more dangerous fossil fuels like low grade coal, tar sands, and natural gas, will only make us appear insanely short-sighted in the books of history.
Saturday, March 16, 2013, 5:20 pm
John Flanagan: Solar energy cannot go forward without massive government subsidies, so it is essentially not workable on a large enough scale to meet our energy needs. It is not yet cost effective. Advancing solar energy programs to replace existing energy is not possible. Obama and his Democratic colleagues, in his green bills and legislation, would allow the EPA mandates and bureaucratic fiats to increase the electric and utility bills of homes and businesses to insufferable levels. When common sense gets in the way of ideology, the Democrats instinctively place common sense aside.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 2:58 pm
David Bergeron: Thank you Richard.. Here is my letter to the editor of the AZ Star which ran Monday,.....
Solar jobs are drain on the economy
Our congressman (Ron Barber) should seek training in economics, stop listening to self-serving solar lobbyists, and stop criticizing elected officials who have a better grasp of energy and economics. The ACC's actions will strengthen Arizona by reducing uneconomic solar jobs, which are a drag on the economy and hinder our recovery.
Who do you think pays for these solar workers? We do, in higher taxes and electric bills.
Every dollar we spend for solar is a dollar less we can spend on food, education and housing. When we spend less there, those segments contract and people lose jobs. Barber can see the solar job gains, but he lacks the training to see the diffuse job losses throughout the balance of the economy from this bad policy.
The ACC commissioners are being good stewards of our treasury and planet because solar mandates are a placebo for legitimate energy and environmental challenges.
David Bergeron, company president,Tucson
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 8:20 am
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