Solar and wind power aren't pie in the sky nitwit, they're proven technologies that have grown exponentially in the past decade and they don't wreak the kind of havoc on the environment that our most abundant source, coal. Sunday there was a spill from the Dan River Power Plant in Eden N.C. where an estimated 82,000 tons of ash mixed with 27 million gallons of contaminated water has spilled into the Dan River. This ash contains toxic heavy metals that will contaminate the river and Lake Gaston, a major reservoir fed by the Dan.<quoted text>
Obama would rather bypass our overly abundant natural resources and spend millions on his pie-in-the-sky idea of windmills and solar panels providing enough energy to sustain a nation of this size. Windmills can't even get off the ground to provide enough energy for Massachusetts - which is a very small state.
Obama couldn't even succeed investing taxpayer money into Solyndra because solar panels are too costly but, yet, he still doesn't get it.
It's just too hard to believe we have such a detached and uninformed president making these kinds of decisions from the same ivory tower with the same envisioned utopia in these crucial times. What's even harder to believe is this country elected him again.
Coal plants emit not only greenhouse gasses but mercury into the atmosphere which is a known neurotoxin which finds its way into our water and food chain.
The coal industry is dying and it should. It causes death and ruins the health of everyone it touches from the miners who extract it to those who live downwind of coal fired plants. People like you only care about what's on your electric bill and are totally ignorant of the true costs of this dirty energy source. You're also incredibly myopic and unable and/or unwilling to take the long term view and prefer to take a wait and see until it's too late attitude.
By the way Carol, Solyndra was originally pushed by the Bush administration. Contrary to your ignorant views the solar power industry is healthy and growing. The cost of photo voltaic cells is dropping. A solar module costs approximately 1% of what it did 35 years ago and prices for solar PV panels have plummeted since 2010, with an average price per watt for modules falling from $1.81 in 2010 to less than $0.70 and today. As of Q3 2013, solar produced 10,250 MW of electricity which is enough to power 1.7 million average American homes. Its impact on the environment is also impressive. The power diverted from fossil fuel plants is the equivalent of taking 2.1 million cars from the roads and planting 262,500,000 trees. And it's still growing. Anew solar project is installed every 4 minutes in this country and the increase in the utility market has been 74% over the past year. Coal is 19th century technology that had its place but it's time to get into the 21st century.