The average person doesn't think twice when they flip the light switch. The lights come on. It's magic! No, it's not, but the energy corporations have made you believe it is over the years.
Now the energy corporations have made you believe something else that's just not true. All but the most flat-earth cretin believes in global warming, right? It's politically correct to be environmentally conscious, and to "do your part" to save the earth. The corporations have trained you to want... CLEAN ENERGY NOW!
Under the guise of CLEAN ENERGY NOW! the energy corporations have made you a soldier in their CLEAN ENERGY NOW! army. You've become so good at marching to the beat of their drum, that you'll support just about any energy project they propose, as long as they tell you it will bring you CLEAN ENERGY NOW! They've even brainwashed you to serve their purposes in their campaign against "dirty" energy. Fossil fuels are "bad" and CLEAN ENERGY NOW! is "good"!
Well, guess what? You've been used. Isn't it high time that you educate yourself about democratic energy and wean yourself off the media mind control of the energy corporations? What if you had the power to produce energy for your own use? But let's be realistic... unless you want to live with the capital costs and inconvenience of running your own power plant, you're still going to be somewhat dependent upon the common infrastructure system that the energy corporations have built. What happens when the wind stops blowing, or the sun goes down? The light switch magic stops, and you're once again dependent on the energy corporations. We've yet to develop a cost-effective, reliable, renewable, democratic energy system. That doesn't mean we can't be smart about energy though. Indeed, it's imperative that you to be smart about your energy future.
Think having your CLEAN ENERGY NOW! provided by energy corporations is a responsible and thoughtful way to be smart about your energy future? It's not. There are better ways to get to a cleaner, more democratic energy future than simply moving from one corporate trough to another.
If we believe that coal, oil, and gas are bad sources of energy and work toward eliminating the corporations that cling to them, what shall replace them? Do we want to replace them gradually with local, democratic sources of energy? Or do we want to spend billions building new centralized energy sources for our CLEAN ENERGY NOW! corporate overlords? The environmental community has become so goal-oriented and dependent on grant money (and where does grant money come from? energy corporations, of course!) that it wants CLEAN ENERGY NOW! at any price. The wants of the environmental community do not align with democratic energy, or your pocketbook. Going all in on CLEAN ENERGY NOW! supplied by energy corporations is going to be wildly expensive, and at the end of the day, it does nothing to revolutionize the way we produce and use energy.
After fighting the traditional energy corporations for years, the environmental community has suddenly found itself in bed with a bunch of new energy corporations, CLEAN ENERGY NOW! corporations. And these new corporations stand to make a bundle if you continue to demand CLEAN ENERGY NOW! in any form. Many of the new energy corporations are owned by foreign interests. They're not interested in cleaning up your air, they're interested in making money building centralized renewable energy generation and transmission for a society practically shrieking for CLEAN ENERGY NOW!
One such company is Clean Line Energy Partners. Riding the CLEAN ENERGY NOW! wave, this company wants to build more than 2,000 miles of new energy infrastructure across the country. In order to get there, Clean Line has been trying to keep you stupid by repeating the worst renewable energy lies. The more times a lie is repeated, the more it's believed. It's time you learned the truth.
- The best wind energy resources are located in the middle of the country.
- Population centers are demanding clean energy from the Midwest.
- Exporting wind energy brings jobs and tax revenue to Midwestern states.
- Clean Line will build its transmission lines in "fallow" or empty spaces not currently generating income.
- Transmission right-of-way payments are a highly sought-after source of income for farmers, so supporting transmission helps struggling farmers.
- Transmission is like a highway or a railroad.
- State denial of a transmission permit can be appealed to the federal government.
- Clean Line is privately funded so ratepayers won't have to pay for it.
It's not. It's simply a way to transfer corporate energy control from one group of owners (fossil fuel companies) to another (clean energy companies). It enables them to collect billions keeping you captive and stupid about energy. Renewable energy isn't necessarily sustainable energy. Sustainable energy does no harm to others. Clean Line's plans are unsustainable and economically harmful. Take ownership of your energy future and seek out local, sustainable solutions. Break the energy corporate chains, America!