Power Doesn’t Run on Nothing*

By April 20, 2009Energy, Global Warming

Just as the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its subcommittees begin weeks of hearings on the cap-and-trade, tax-the-poor legislation, Chairman Henry Waxman has sent a letter to Jon Wellinghoff, chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, opposing the use of federal authority to site a regional transmission line in New York State.

Well, that’s one way of guaranteeing the reduction of carbon emissions: strangle power generation and transmission. The economy dies, as well, but at least a dead economy doesn’t respirate.

*That’s the title of a song by the Thermals, an attack against the energy-industrial complex. Fortunately, with their new, they’re-repeating-themselves album, “Now We Can See,” the Thermals have removed themselves as effective agitators. Not that rock bands are ever very credible opponents of electricity.

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