Walter Rhett

Renewing Our Determination

In National Affairs on August 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Opponents to increasing renewable energy are always raising shibboleths. Their intent is to manufacture fear. Yes, we have paid the higher costs and even seen amazing benefits in pollution and control–but, given political swings, is it sustainable? The answer is a resounding yes!

First, the development of renewable energy cannot be separated out of plan to conserve energy by developing and expanding energy saving products, for example, LED residential lighting. Conservatin will help make renewal energy cost effective. Secondly, unit costs will decline as developmental and start-up costs are pro-rated over time. Thirdly, short of a foreign takeover, every nation and its communities are profoundly committed to reducing their dependence on imported energy. Without control and full development of renewal resources, a country is exposed to major vunerabilities in security, economic stability, and quality of life. Lessons we have learned from the oil crisises of 1970s and the Gulf crisis now.

Ignore the nay-sayers. Control of our national energy destiny and its meaning for our freedom is worth the investment in resources and a short term increase in costs. Without it, freedom will be lost.


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