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  •  A quibble on natural gas. (5+ / 0-)
    The report then suggests that transmission lines needed to carry the wind to cities across the country are too expensive while simultaneously arguing that low natural gas prices will continue indefinitely (natural gas is a direct competitor to wind).  This of course ignores that similar transmission capacity is required to carry natural gas from the horizontally fracked wells in the same western Kansas communities building so much wind.
    Nope. You can transfer natural gas in a pipeline hundreds or thousands of miles and burn it in a generating plant close to the point of use. Georgia Power converted an old coal plant near me to natural gas in 2010 after completing a gas pipeline link to the plant.

    We need a greenhouse tax. We've needed it for a long time. Burning natural gas only produces half the CO2 per watt as coal, but methane leaks from pipelines do a lot of greenhouse damage. The greenhouse tax we need should cover those leaks.

    Then wind and solar would have no problems competing.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:29:50 PM PST

    •  Er, That's Doesn't Rebut The Point In The Diary... (0+ / 0-)

      ...unless you're suggesting that electrical lines cost money to build while gas pipelines are magically created by elves.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:41:06 AM PST

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