Blowing hot air about wind powerThis story from North Country Public Radio on opposition to wind power in Parishville and Hopkinton is a great example of not only NIMBYism in action but sheer stupidity.
Here's the deal.
Fossil fuels create greenhouse gases and climate change.
Nuclear risks a Fukashima-like disaster.
Hydrofracking for natural gas destroys drinking water supplies.
Solar's good on a micro scale but not useful on a wide scale.
New York state has pretty much maximized what it can in hydropower.
People have shown that they are not willing to make lifestyle choices to significantly reduce their consumption.
The energy has to come from somewhere.
So the question is which downside is least palatable: the destruction of humanity by climate change, potentially another Chernobyl or Fukashima, poisoned drinking water or having a less than stellar view out your window?
Let's get in touch with reality, people.