Meow! It sure is shaping up to be one of the “cattiest” (no offense to our feline friends) campaigns in many years.
We like to share articles that we think would be of interest to our readers. Since the Democratic and Republication Presidential tickets have polar opposite approaches towards energy, we found this article “Obama Spars With Romney on Energy in Swing State Pitches” from RenewableEnergyWorld.com interesting.
We hope that you will look into the positions of both candidates as you make up your mind this coming election. For the record, we are for the…We are for the cleanest, cheapest power possible, but also believe that time has proven we can’t trust corporations to do the safest, cleanest and often most costly things without regulation.)
Our perfect world would see a mix of renewable energy and the cleanest possible extracted and burned “traditional” energies such as gas, oil and coal. As far as the “Drill baby, drill” folks, the 2-year old pictures of the Gulf oil spill disaster in 2010 are fresh in our minds and it was proven that corners were cut there.
Despite the BP ads, we know that many wetlands and sensitive areas will never be “normal” again. We are glad, though, that Gulf residents aren’t businesses appear to be bouncing back.
We aren’t, for example, thrilled when we see miners die because mine owners cut corners, nor are we convinced that “fracking” isn’t the reason why some people have flames coming out of their water faucets and find the answers provided by gas and fracking representatives a bit “obtuse.” (I mean: can they give a straight answer to ANY question.)
None-the-less, we like that our home’s uses gas rather than oil, as it is far cleaner for our home and far cheaper for our wallets.
We live smack between an older coal-fired electricity plant and a nuclear power plant but still have one of the highest electricity bills in the country. Cape Cod’s cancer rates, particularly for breast cancer, are also among the highest in the country. There are many other factors that the coal nuclear plants that come into play when discussing health, including a old Air Force Base with history of serious contamination events, a major radar station to spot missiles headed towards the Eastern United States, and an unusually high rate of golf courses (which use pesticides known to cause cancer.)
We also are frustrated as the proposed “Cape Wind Farm” has been struggling for years against legal challenges, and find this important issue important to our health and our fuel costs. So, we are watching this issue closely.
You know what to do: find out the facts and let the candidates know that you will be voting this fall!