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    brings up a really surprising point: outside people involved in this enterprise, i.e., volunteers from W. Virginia, Texas and Detroit, face resistance from other community members who are apparently threatened by the whole idea.  

    "Folks think that perhaps conserving energy is not very patriotic in West Virginia," said Michelle Connor, executive director of Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity in Franklin, W.Va.

    For the past decade, her organization has built Environmental Protection Agency-friendly homes, some with solar panels. Resistance doesn't usually come from the families who need the help -- they're facing utility bills that can be quadruple their $150 monthly rent.

    Instead, it comes from the local and state officials who see a hidden agenda in renewable energy.

    "People automatically assume it means we're anti-mountaintop removal or that we're anti-coal," she said.

    I say "surprising" because I didn't realize anyone in the U.S. would think that conserving energy would be "not very patriotic" or that anyone would actually be for mountaintop removal or using more (filthy) coal to generate energy.  I never gave a second thought about how all this talk of energy conservation could threaten W. Viriginia residents' livelihoods.  I understand about Texans - they are just naturally contrarian.

    Thank you, Meteor Blades.  I learn something, or realize something new every time I read a diary of yours.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Tue Feb 28, 2012 at 06:51:35 AM PST

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