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  1. Thomas Sherry
    July 9, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Nice job, and well said, Nick! Obama can’t have it both ways on climate change and the environment, although he’s up against strong political headwinds in favor of fracking and natural gas from across the country. We would help Obama help the environment by speaking out for renewables, and whatever the feds can do to provide incentives and a level playing field for growing reliance on renewable energy sources.

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  2. AndieJayy
    July 9, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

    YO TACO Sweet blog post. As much as I wish it were feasible for the US to just give up on carbon releasing fuels or significantly tax them I think Obama’s plan is pretty sound. Even though this is an environmental issue, the economics of the energy source are very important to consider. While many consumers would be fine paying a lot more to ensure we’re getting the cleanest electricity, many manufacturers probably aren’t. If the price of electricity becomes substantially cheaper in China or other developing countries, factories will move there. While the energy produced in the US isn’t the cleanest, the electricity in China or india will make it look like it is and after all that is where the biggest increase in emissions are taking place. In order for change to be sustainable, it has to be incremental. Finally placing regulations on the CO2 emissions of power plants is a small but important step and hopefully sets the stage for more change to come.

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  3. G. Wayne Hild
    July 12, 2013 @ 7:42 pm

    Andiejayy couldn’t be more wrong. It sounds as if he’s either misinformed or a shill for the fossil fuel industry. Either way he’ll be changing his tune later rather than sooner. Too bad.

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  4. Solange
    July 13, 2013 @ 12:02 am

    Fracking is not “Replacing One Bad Fuel for another”. It is replacing one bad fuel for a worse one. This time the pollution will be not only in the air but in the soil, water table and under structures. America will be rotting mentally, financially and now physically. I guess this is when the rats will leave the ship for better place to live.
    What has happened to the American fighting spirit? People wring their hands and moan but just huddle down and bear it. Perhaps the time has come to return the wretched statue, it has become meaningless. I have been fighting for years and still am … by myself more or less.
    A French American.

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  5. Bill Roberson
    July 14, 2013 @ 8:17 pm

    Besides the questionable claims as to natural gas being cleaner, it is often touted as a “bridge” to renewable energy sources. There is no bridge. It would replace coal and oil with another fossil fuel. Once the gas infrastructure is in place, there is less incentive to change once again to renewable sources. More importantly, with greenhouse gases continuing to accumulate, there is no time. There is no need for a “bridge”, current (and developing) clean energy technology makes it possible now. Germany and other countries are on course to significantly replace fossil fuels with renewable sources. The difference between Germany and the U.S. is that “Germany has a national vision and commitment to renewable energy. Over the past decade, Germany’s political leaders — backed by strong popular support — have made renewable generation the cornerstone of its energy future. Successive governments have used stable and long-term policies to turn this into a reality. This has created an atmosphere in which renewable energy investment is considered a safe choice, not a risky one.” For more, see:
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-15/u-s-energy-policy-should-take-a-lesson-from-germany-s-energiewende.html

    The biggest obstacle in the U.S. is the political muscle of the fossil fuel industry.

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