Nuclear and coal bailouts
November 20. 2017 10:16PM
To the Editor: On behalf of the Environmental Focus Group of Moultonborough, Sandwich, and Tuftonboro, I am writing to express our concern about how the use of fossil fuels is affecting the environment.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed a billion dollar bailout for nuclear and coal power plants. We object to this. Nuclear and coal are dirty, polluting, dangerous, and uneconomical energy sources. And these energy sources are unnecessary; the DOE confirms that the U.S. doesn’t need nuclear reactors and coal plants to keep the lights on. This proposal would force consumers to pay billions of dollars in inflated utility bills.
The real way to ensure reliable, resilient electricity is with efficient, affordable, local renewable energy. We need to keep making progress toward modern, smart energy infrastructure and micro-grids. Every dollar we waste propping up dirty, old fossil fuel and nuclear power plants is a dollar that could instead be spent building a clean, efficient, prosperous, sustainable energy system for the future.
If you really want to boost our economy, create jobs, revitalize local communities, and boost small businesses, then clean energy is the only way to go. Our green energy economy can create millions more jobs than dirty energy could ever provide. Solar and wind are already creating twice as many jobs as coal and nuclear combined — 10 times as many for the amount of energy generated, and at lower cost.
We encourage you to write or call your congressional representatives and let them know that you oppose this bailout.