We are talking a very serious change in energy generation and to try and force it without a clear, well thought out plan to achieve a successful transition is not a very intelligent way to operate. Has anyone in New Mexico’s state legislature or our federal government looked at possible scenarios of the impact of their decisions?
It appears the plan is to create an artificial energy shortage and see what happens. People still need to heat their homes, cook their food, heat their water, drive their cars and businesses still need energy to provide goods and services and deliver them to customers. What will it take to convert all of our houses, apartments, transportation, and businesses to total electric? How will we replace all of our gasoline vehicles with electric? Where will we get the materials for storage batteries and how will we handle the disposal of those batteries when they no longer hold a charge? With the additional environmental pressure on mining, where do we get the materials for wind, solar and storage devices? As we shut down oil, we can’t use plastics, so we are left with metal, which must be mined. With the required more efficient electrical collectors, storage and transmission devices comes the need for exotic materials, which are expensive and in limited supply.
I am not suggesting these hurtles cannot be overcome, but that we need to have a plan for addressing them before we consider turning off the spigot. That is just plain common sense. And for all you environmental crisis buffs out there, take a serious look at the unintended consequences of your demands. You may be putting more strain on the environment than you planned.
We must require our government officials to develop an honest, well thought out long-range plan, including risk analysis, before they implement a knee-jerk reaction to special interest groups and not substitute one crisis for another. My guess is the result of good planning will show the effort to substitute solar and wind for oil and gas is untenable and will not meet the goal of reversing global warming.
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- Individual liberty (= Freedom + Responsibility)
- Smaller federal government
- States rights
- Return to the three branches of government concept