A dubious “Domestic energy” survey

by Nathaniel Smith, Politics: A View from West Chester, April 5, 2013

I just can’t resist reproducing this one, from the Daily Local News web site:

Domestic energy

Where to start?

What about solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydroelectric energy? Aren’t those worth talking about?

What is “domestic energy”? Do sun and wind not count because we don’t extract them from American soil?

What sort of public support? Tax money? Relaxing pollution regulations (more energy, less health)?

How does one “support” energy? By giving money to multinational corporations? Funding basic research? Subsidizing current prices to consumers? Developing new energy sources?

Does any energy source deserve public support? Some readers might even believe in the so-called free market.

Why isn’t there a “none of the above” option?

One reason this is on my mind is that during a recent trip to Virginia (on which I actually got to visit Sherwood Forest plantation, which I had written about last year in “John Tyler’s grandchildren and the sense of history“) I heard trains hooting by the motel in Williamsburg about once an hour all night.

In the morning I asked the man at the motel desk if the trains were carrying supplies down to the military bases at Newport News.

No, he said, those trains are carrying coal from West Virginia for export to Europe….

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