Read the whole thing, but this sums up an awful lot of it:
Other attempts to go green have met with indifferent success.
Several proposals to put windmills atop the Green Mountains – the
obvious place for them – have been shouted down or stalled by local
objections. An early attempt to put a new wood-burning plant right
across the Massachusetts border was also quickly defeated – it would
create air pollution. The project was also dampened by a Massachusetts
study which concluded that burning trees for energy would soon exhaust
the state’s forest resources.
Burlington claims to be the first city in the country to have
achieved 100 percent renewable status, although these claims are open to
debate. The city’s main source of electricity is the Joseph C. McNeil
Generating Station, which was recently converted from coal to wood. The
Burlington Electric Department (BED) claims that 75 percent of the wood
comes from within 60 miles. This is considered renewable in that trees
regrow, although the amount of carbon thrown into the atmosphere has
been shown to exceed that of coal. Also, once they are harvested, trees
regrow whether they are burned as fuel or not. Another
clean source is the recently purchased Winooski Hydroelectric Dam, a
small hydro project developed by environmental pioneer John Warshow, who
died last month. The dam produces 7.4 megawatts.
Ironically, while some environmentalists have been developing small
dams, others have been campaigning to tear down small dams around the
state. The Newport 11 dam was recently removed from the Clyde River and
other small dams are under fire. The strategy resembles one pursued
for years by the Sierra Club, which favors small dams globally but
campaigns to tear them down locally. Warshow developed three other
small dams around the state.
Effing INSANE. They get rid of a nuke plant that was clean and efficient AND STARTED BURNING TREES... because 'they'll grow back'(yeah, in how many years? and did you get the 'carbon exceeds that of coal' part?). And they both want dams, and want to tear them down. Because, well, effing STUPID.
In the interim, Vermont is finding - like California and Germany before
it – that the fastest way to a clean energy future is to close down
local sources of power and import it from other regions.
"Let's make somebody else generate the power we need somewhere else! That way we can feel all green and virtuous while the pollution happens somewhere else!"