Beyond Affordable

I’m glad to see the effort of the Partnership for Affordable Clean Energy getting out to the public. Their latest work is a website, titled “Beyond Affordable.”

This website takes a look at a challenge that we have been facing from the extreme green industry for several years and recognizes that the apparent goal of groups like the Sierra Club is to make energy “beyond affordable” for the average person.

The Sierra Club knows that if electricity becomes expensive enough, you will use less of it. That is their solution – their only solution – to improving the environment.

That is why the Sierra Club is opposing energy projects of all kinds across the United States. They know that by making power less available, it becomes more expensive, and that taking cheaper forms of energy off the table makes everyone’s bills go up.

This process is know technically as ‘demand destruction’: the forced reduction of power use through higher pricing. The Sierra Club calls it progress. The truth is that American businesses and families can’t move forward with energy that is beyond affordable.

Billion dollar, multi-national special interest groups like the Sierra Club support the activities of thousands of lobbyists, environmental lawyers and astroturf protesters who actively strive to stop the development or upgrade of virtually every form of energy generation. These groups and the activists they support endlessly protest and litigate any energy project; they fight, tooth and nail, to stop the addition of emissions reduction technologies to existing plants. They know that the longer they can draw out a permitting or approval process for a plant, the more likely it is to fail. Sadly, they hide behind claims that the environment will benefit if those plants are shuttered and then they applaud the closed plants and the lost jobs that go with them.

The Sierra Clubs of the world cheer any new restrictive regulation – no matter the economic, social, or environmental impacts – and attack anyone who dares to question the wisdom or extent of specific regulations. They irrationally claim that questioning a regulation reveals a latent desire to harm the environment or to stop all regulation. For example, any resistance to the impending EPA train wreck has been painted as a desire to see children harmed or killed, or as supporting “dirty air,” or “dirty water.”

When one steps back to take a look at the results of their actions, their dirty tricks, and their misrepresentations, it becomes abundantly clear that they do not actually want clean, affordable energy. If they did, they would support the construction of new cleaner coal technologies as a way to continue providing the affordable, reliable electricity that society requires, along with thousands of new high-paying jobs and careers, while reducing our environmental footprint at the same time. As I have noted before, they don’t provide people with realistic alternatives. In their world, it is their way, or the highway.

These groups rely on frightening shock tactics (like sit ins, protests, and interrupting public presentations), frightening (but false) claims about “toxic” coal ash, and hysterical headlines predicting the end of the earth if we continue to use coal. However, since they have wrapped themselves in the mantle of environmental purity, they remain untainted or unscathed by their extreme actions. In fact, the media largely supports their disruption or ignores the effects of their actions on communities and the unemployed. At a time when the nation is suffering chronic high unemployment, these groups cheer hundreds of people losing their jobs as a mine or generation plant is closed. Any other group or organization would be pilloried in the popular press, but because they are “green,” they encounter negligible bad press for their actions.

Groups like PACE are performing a valuable public service by publishing the facts about the Sierra Clubs of the world. If one ignores their words and looks at the outcomes of their efforts, it becomes clear that they want energy to be priced out of the reach of ordinary, middle class Americans. Any reasonable person can see that as a destructive and dangerous plan.

04. December 2012 by Jason Hayes
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