What's wrong with coal? Ask the Sierra Club

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Efficiency is one of the cures

Much of the demand for power is totally unnecessary:

Lamps: Replace Those Old Light Bulbs

If every household in the U.S. replaced one outdated incandescent light bulb with a compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), it would eliminate the same amount of pollution as removing one million cars from the road.

Vampire Power: Only Use Energy When You Actually Need It

Your toaster, your cell phone charger, and other electronics are drawing electricity and costing you money, even when they are not in use. On average, more than one-fifth of electric use by home electronics occurs while the products are turned off. Unplug electronics when not in use, buy Energy Star products, and use smart power strips.

Warm Your House, Not the Earth

Most homes and buildings leak energy—and money—from attics, ducts, windows, and doors. Weather-stripping and caulking is one the easiest and most cost-effective ways to reduce energy waste and improve the comfort of your home. If just one in ten households used current technology to upgrade their inefficient heating systems, we could keep 17 billion pounds of pollution out of the air—and out of our lungs.

And just a little side-note here: municipal leaders who have fought against the implementation of the Jordan Lake rules are ignoring the obvious:

Cut Energy Waste at Wastewater Treatment Plants

Wastewater treatment facilities can account for one-third of a city government’s utility bill. Most cities can reduce energy usage by 10-to-30 percent through updating aging wastewater treatment equipment with more efficient models, protecting taxpayers and our planet.

Yes, it's a substantial investment. But to get back to the right side of the Clean Water Act while also saving tons of money in utility costs is exactly the kind of thing voters elect local governments to do, isn't it?

Here is an interesting letter

Here is an interesting letter to the editor in the Dunn Daily Record. It is from first term State Senator Ronald Rabin (R). He represents Harnett, Lee, and a small portion of Johnston County. This seems kind of out of the blue given that this is a federal issue, he is a state senator, and one would think he has enough to do over at the General Assembly.

To the editor:

The Environmental Protection Agency is going too far with the new source performance standards that have been proposed to the president.

I understand the need to protect our environment; it is a precious resource that we should take care of. These regulations go too far, though, and will have a negative impact on our lives.

The proposed regulations go beyond what current technology allows when it comes to coal plants. Coal plants in this country have come a long way from when they began and are now running cleaner and more efficiently than ever. These new regulations will prevent new plants from being built and old plants from getting the upgrades they need. The regulations will also severely hinder the ability to continue developing new technologies for cleaner plants.

Coal has long provided a reliable low-cost source of power for North Carolina and I would hate to see overzealous regulations take that away.

Please contact the Obama administration and tell them to oppose the new source performance standards.

Sen. Ronald Rabin
Anderson Creek

Rabin is an odd bird to say the least. He often talks out of both sides of his mouth. He can be very reassuring when questioned about his and other Republican's actions and then you find that he is a co-sponsor of the very bill he reassures you has no chance of passing.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

I'm a Moderate Unaffiliated Voter...

...and I agree with your observations, and will add that I don't find his letter entirely surprising, because a common bond and motivation for these right-wing nutjobs, whether at the state or federal level, is that they simply hate Obama and will throw the entire public under the bus to make one of their radical points, so long as it is anti-Obama.

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