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  •  The only good news (none)
    about $60 a barrel oil is that wind and solar are now economically competitive.

    The bad news, for the Northeast US and the world, is that dirty coal is still a much cheaper way to make electricity, in the Midwest US coal regions and in China.

    And the Bushite gang thinks that dirty coal is fine, as long as you gin up a Rovian PR campaign to call it clean coal.

    The Republicans want to cut YOUR Social Security benefits.

    by devtob on Sun Jul 10, 2005 at 05:43:39 PM PDT

    •  Corporate media PR (none)
      will clean up that dirty old coal problem lickity-split with 'liberal' application of greenwashing.
    •  Renewables wrt coal (none)
      Although the vision of a renewable energy future has obvious appeal, it simply hasn't worked. Yes, energy efficiency has improved. We can now produce incremental gains in gross national product with much less energy than in the past, and electricity growth rates have been cut by more than two-thirds. But renewable energy sources have not come close to displacing fossil fuels as our primary source of energy. The failure is significant, eroding a fundamental premise on which modern energy planning is based. The long-term goal has been consistent: a supply adequate to meet global human needs while moving away from fossil fuels, ensuring environmental sustainability (especially reducing greenhouse gas emissions), and achieving energy security. Instead, we are moving unwittingly toward a fossil fuel future, exactly what we've been trying to avoid.

      The numbers he cites check out.  I don't agree with everything in the article, and I do think renewables can play an increasingly important role. We need the whole spectrum of possibilities.  

      Those of us who want to see that happen should be aware of what is going on right now.  Fossil fuel use is growing far more rapidly than any other energy resources.

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