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Problem is demand, not supply

Regrettably, environmentalists have become linked to an industry that encourages us to ignore reality.

The recent "community" forum on wind energy was not structured to allow the community to obtain answers to questions. Rather, it was an opportunity for the wind energy industry to inform us that there is a "wind energy" problem in Vermont. I disagree. We have both an energy and consumption problem in our state. The promotion of wind energy as a solution ignores the very real need for all of us to address our individual consumption and work towards reducing our unsustainable use.

A real community forum would have promoted a dialogue with community members about our current and future energy needs. It would have challenged us to think about how we use energy and how we can become more mindful of energy conservation and reduction.

Regrettably, environmentalists have become linked to an industry that encourages us to ignore reality. It would be far more helpful for these same organizations to promote strategies for reduction in energy use in a far more aggressive manner than is currently the case.

We can reduce our energy consumption, we can drive our cars a lot less, we can change our habits. The question is: Are we willing to do that, for our own good and the good of the community?

The recent "community" forum on wind energy was not structured to allow the community to obtain answers to questions. Rather, it was an opportunity for the wind energy industry to inform us that there is a "wind energy" problem in Vermont. I disagree. We have both an energy and consumption problem in our state. The promotion of wind energy as a solution ignores the very real need for all of us to address our individual consumption and work towards reducing our unsustainable use.

A real community forum would have promoted a dialogue with community members about our current and future energy needs. It would have challenged us to think about how we use energy and how we can become more mindful of energy conservation and reduction.

Regrettably, environmentalists have become linked to an industry that encourages us to ignore reality. It would be far more helpful for these same organizations to promote strategies for reduction in energy use in a far more aggressive manner than is currently the case.

We can reduce our energy consumption, we can drive our cars a lot less, we can change our habits. The question is: Are we willing to do that, for our own good and the good of the community?


Source: http://www.timesargus.com/a...

MAR 15 2006
http://www.windaction.org/posts/1725-problem-is-demand-not-supply
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