Southern States Resist Energy Reform

In a move sure to further the ideas, held by many, that the Southern United States are home to less intelligent and atavistic people, the largest and most polluting energy plants there are reticent to make efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

In an Associated Press article, the energy producers and law makers are balking at changing the way things are done. Although 6 of the top ten producers of carbon dioxide gas are in the south, the companies push hard to keep change from upsetting the status quo, and the bottom line.

The problem extends to the legislators as well. In the last month, a bill to require renewable energy to make up 15% of power providers total output, was defeated with the Republican senators from the South providing half the needed votes. Renewable energy mandates are in place in about half of the United States, but most of the South has not moved ahead with the needed legislation. The oddity in this bunch is Texas, with energy policies already formed.

Coal is by far the largest source of electricity for the South, with the largest providers using decades old equipment, not retrofitted for cleaner production.

The energy producers are quick to point out that the ability of solar panels to work in the South is hampered by fewer days of sun than the West, where solar panels are put together in huge farms. The wind production would be hampered in the South as well, because less is available to make power, and where large amounts of wind are available, population growth has made implementation difficult.

So, because of these problems, and the fear of energy produced by fission,  it would seem the choices are hydroelectric and coal.  Hydroelectric is used, and probably fully exploited, as no new rivers are forming.

The problem with coal – the emissions of visible matter, and the invisible emission of carbon dioxide – is something that the largest providers in the South aren’t willing to admit, or cope with.  Southern Co., based in Atlanta, and the largest producer of greenhouse gas by a power provider, questions whether global warming is occurring.

With leaders like this, and a populace unwilling to take them to task, it becomes apparent that the move toward lowering global emissions of undesirable substances will be a long, uphill battle. 




[tags] clean power, renewable energy, solar energy, wind power, nuclear energy, photovoltaic cells, hydroelectric power, greenhouse gas, conservation, An Inconvenient Truth [/tags]