Call me heartless, but I do ponder the practicality of electric cars on a day like this. Too, it occurs to me that this might be an opportune moment to remind folks that about half of America's electricity - upon which we are so dependent, and so increasingly dependent - is generated from abundant, affordable American COAL.
Plug The Husband again? Absolutely.
At least it was "about half" until Obama's EPA started its war on the American energy industry, hitting coal-fired power plants with such impossibly burdensome regulations that they're being forced to close.
Try to imagine the JOBS "saved, created" or DESTROYED when these plants close.
And I don't know about other areas, but here in WV the public utility will have to start buying electricity out-of-state -- specifically, or so I've heard, from Obama's friends at Exelon in Chicago.
Here's something else to consider as well. In 2006-07, 13.2% of the electricity used in Connecticut was generated from coal. That's down to just 8% now, and CT is the 2nd-most expensive state in the nation for electricity.
In 2006-07, 15.1% of New York's electricity was generated from coal. Today it's 10%, and NY has the 3rd-highest electricity prices in the nation.
New Hampshire? 14% ... 5th-highest prices.
Massachusetts? 20% ... 7th-highest prices.
Maryland? 54% ... 12-highest prices.
And then there's my state - West Virginia - where 97% of our electricity is generated by coal (at least for the time being). We pay the 8th-lowest prices in the country, although even here the price is starting to "skyrocket" and will only go up if/when we start contibuting to Exelon's profits.
I'm sorry for the folks who are suffering in the cold and dark, but I wish they could spare a thought for the American heroes who are left -- to pull tons of coal out of the earth. Too often, the very ones who should be most appreciative, are perversely and unwittingly biting the hand that feeds them:
See also this headline - ubiquitous a couple of days ago - about "industrial homicide."
If Upper Big Branch had been a union mine, do you think they would have invented and promoted this new "crime"? I don't think so.
The "powers that be" are just not satisfied with putting Don Blankenship out of business; they want to see him behind bars, Gd forbid, because he was an outspoken defender and leader of the industry. And too, being one of "the rich" that lefties now want to "eat," he contributed openly and generously to conservative causes, as well as to charitable ones that benefitted coal miners, their families and communities.
If you want to learn more, I hear that Robert Bryce is the one to read.
As for many alternative energy enthusiasts’ insistence that sources such as solar or wind are poised to replace fossil fuels, Bryce suggested their naiveté seemed to confuse energy with power.
He observed that energy was measured by volume while power was measured by rate, and used car shopping as an example. “I have not asked once how many gallons of gasoline a car holds. I ask about the rates: How many miles per gallon it travels, how many miles an hour it can go.”