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Old 01-18-2009, 08:14 AM   #1
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The greenies want renewable energy. But they have difficulties with conflicting goals.

They don't want the infrastructure in their backyard or in open lands.

Which is worse? Dependence on foreign oil, pollution, greenhouse gases or the new infrastructure to harvest natural energy?

However, the Power Company seems to be up to a little subterfuge... say one thing to get what they want then do something different. They wouldn't lie would they?

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Old 01-18-2009, 08:24 AM   #2
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The greenies want renewable energy. But they have difficulties with conflicting goals.

They don't want the infrastructure in their backyard or in open lands.

Which is worse? Dependence on foreign oil, pollution, greenhouse gases or the new infrastructure to harvest natural energy?

However, the Power Company seems to be up to a little subterfuge... say one thing to get what they want then do something different. They wouldn't lie would they?

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Start building those windmills off Nantucket.
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Old 01-18-2009, 11:47 AM   #3
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The greenies want renewable energy. But they have difficulties with conflicting goals.

They don't want the infrastructure in their backyard or in open lands.
Painting with a bit of a broad brush there, aren't you? I would consider myself an environmentalist and a proponent of renewable energy, but I support nuclear power and wouldn't mind if they put a wind farm in Long Island Sound (which I view from my house).

I do agree that NIMBY'ism, and its more virulent form BANANA (build absolutely nothing anywhere near anything) is a real problem. We as a society are simply going to have to start making realistic choices about what we want (and start properly evaluating the risk associated with each option).
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Painting with a bit of a broad brush there, aren't you? I would consider myself an environmentalist and a proponent of renewable energy, ...

We as a society are simply going to have to start making realistic choices about what we want (and start properly evaluating the risk associated with each option).
Does anyone know - is there a term for the kind of "greenies" that I believe Chinaco was referring to? I guess I'd call them hypocrites, but there must be some kind of specific "green hypocrite" or "green clueless" ( for the people who think hydrogen is a readily available, pollution free energy source, or that electric cars are zero-pollution) term in use.

I agree "Greenie" is probably too broad a brush, but I think I know what he means.

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I think there are ways to address NIMBYism. If there's a pressing enough need for more power plants, communities can be bribed persuaded to accept a plant in several different ways. Whether through "profit sharing" checks for locals, reduced cost power or just the lure of more jobs, there are ways to "buy" community support.

But in reality, I think NIMBYism tends to wane when the economy is in the dumps. Anything that's likely to produce hundreds of new jobs in a region is likely to be much more popular now than when almost everyone who wants a decent job has one.
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Does anyone know - is there a term for the kind of "greenies" that I believe Chinaco was referring to? I guess I'd call them hypocrites, but there must be some kind of specific "green hypocrite" or "green clueless" ( for the people who think hydrogen is a readily available, pollution free energy source, or that electric cars are zero-pollution) term in use.
Hypogreenies?
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We need nuclear powered retirement!

And we need it now!
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We need nuclear powered retirement!
Anyone who spent 20 years on a Navy submarine might already have it...
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How about just 'Hypocrits'?
After all, do you call a preacher that spends donation money on private jets a 'religious hypocrit' or just 'hypocrit'?
I consider myself a 'greenie' as well. However, I have no problem with them building wind generators in my view.
For those that do, I would suggest this; give them a choice. You can either have now power, wind farm, or a coal plant built in your back yard
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Does anyone know - is there a term for the kind of "greenies" that I believe Chinaco was referring to?
I believe they would be called "limousine greenies".
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You have a point. The OP should have mentioned the costs that could affect the retired folk.

This kind of negativism from pseudo-environmentalists could increase energy costs for us. And, if the govt decides to subsidize programs such that we spend $2 to save $1, that could affect us.

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How about just 'Hypocrits'?
After all, do you call a preacher that spends donation money on private jets a 'religious hypocrit' or just 'hypocrit'?
Good point - but I'm just looking for a catchy "buzz word".

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I believe they would be called "limousine greenies".
Good ones - I really like "limousine greenies"

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I consider myself a 'greenie' as well. However, I have no problem with them building wind generators in my view.
For those that do, I would suggest this; give them a choice. You can either have now power, wind farm, or a coal plant built in your back yard
I live next to a sewage pumping station, and many's the time I've thought about putting 5-10 KW of photovoltaic panels on its big, flat, sunny, wide-open roof when nobody is looking.

My big obstacle has been figuring out how to disguise the power conduit coming over to our house...
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Paint the conduit to look like a sewer pipe??
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A lot of our village is rural. One farmer I know had a nice high point on his land that was difficult to grow crops on. Verizon wanted to put a cell tower on it, and were willing to pay him $2500 a month for 99 years.

The zoning commission refused to grant a permit, even though Verizon agreed to disguise the cell tower by making it look like a silo with an American flag flying on top..........
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Sorry, can't take credit for this one. Got it from a neighbor. He (honestly) believes it's not about NIMBY or BANANA but about "destroying America" from the inside. Can't say I fully agree with him, but you have to wonder about folks who decry the use of oil, coal, and even nuclear but don't want "clean" energy either.
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Cover it with sewage.
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Cover it in canvas, and let the local art college students paint it to blend in with the surrounding flora.........
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This kind of negativism from pseudo-environmentalists could increase energy costs for us. And, if the govt decides to subsidize programs such that we spend $2 to save $1, that could affect us.
We've been subsidizing oil for a long, long, time. I have the oil depletion allowance on my 1040 to prove it.
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We've been subsidizing oil for a long, long, time. I have the oil depletion allowance on my 1040 to prove it.
And just think, if we didn't subsidize oil, maybe we wouldn't need subsidies on alternative energy. Funny how the "answer" never involves removing anything, it is always to add another thing to counter-act it.

I've never come across clear numbers about the extent of oil industry subsidies (and I'd prefer to exclude military costs, unless they are directly and unquestionably related to oil, just to avoid that whole issue). Anyone got a good link?

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