Here’s to Renewable Energy!

 Water concerns rise with news of wells drying up inTexas. While Texas is a long way from NH and is subject to more drought due to different conditions, Spicewood’s dilemma does joggle a warning in our minds to pay attention.

 In the order of necessities for life, water is number one. Without water, there is no life.

If we are going to protect our access to clean water, we need to use our resources to expand the development of solar, wind and other as yet to be discovered forms of renewable energy. We need to protect our rivers, lakes and aquifers.

 While Governor Lynch in his State of the State address openly supports bringing in hydroelectric power, we have to be mindful of the fact that hydroelectric power is environmentally costly renewable energy in the long run. Hydroelectric energy costs will only rise in the future.

 Right now, Hydro Quebec has excess energy they want to sell elsewhere because they have put 210 dams in the St. James Bay area in addition to their other dams.Quebec can expect to pay the environmental dues such dams spawn. In the long range of the future, those dam maintenance costs are going to rise, and with those costs, consumer costs for energy will rise. What  looks like a good deal today spells trouble for tomorrow.

 Allowing a line down through NH to send power to MA and CT appears short-sighted. Just as NH is presently doing, MA and CT need to think about conserving the energy they have and developing new forms of renewable energy. Sending a huge blast of power to them may give temporary relief but will put off concerted attempts to conserve and the impetus to develop forms of renewable energy in their states.

 The problem is not simply the ruthless acquisition of  NH land. The problem is that we would be supporting a no win solution for future energy that would cripple attempts to explore other environmentally compatible renewable forms of energy now. This is simply another example of corporate profit that would be paid for by the public for a long time to come. These are costs that will be passed on to our children and grandchildren.

 Hopefully, we will choose to invest in renewable energies that bring a brighter future


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