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  •  Niccolò Machiavelli (1+ / 0-)
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    It ought to be remembered that there is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things. Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new. This coolness arises partly from fear of the opponents, who have the laws on their side, and partly from the incredulity of men, who do not readily believe in new things until they have had a long experience of them.
    The wind and sun lobbies have nothing like the clout of the fossil carbon lobbies, and they cannot expect many votes from people whom they have not yet hired. Republicans can clamor about the War On Coal, but we do not clamor about the War on Our Grandchildren who have not yet been injured yet, because so many have not yet been born.

    Nevertheless, we are well into Grid Parity, with wind costing less than fossil carbon, and real money at stake in building new capacity in the energy industry. It is fast becoming impossible to get funding for new coal-fired plants in open financial markets without corrupt collusion from denialist governments in Red states. Soon even they will not be able to keep up the charade.

    I have been involved in fights against two coal gasification plants in Indiana. We currently have 1300 MW of wind energy installed, with 8000 MW more in the works. You can check out your state on the Natural Resources Defense Council's state profile pages.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 01:18:16 PM PDT

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