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July 3, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

Nevada is a pioneer in energy

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How inspiring to read the transcript of Sen. Harry Reid’s remarks to the Nevada State Legislature. What a marvelous vision of our “Battle Ready” Nevada leading the local, national and global charge into the (inevitable) renewable energy future!

Harvesting sunlight and harnessing the wind rather than continuing to dig and drill for finite fossilized sunlight is not only good for our economy, it is good for the environment. It is high time we cease our plundering of the planet for profit while simultaneously defaulting on the true costs of polluting our air, land and water.

How exciting that we could become true pioneers in something that is this crucially important! It makes me hopeful to be a Nevadan.

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  1. I suspect if Senator Reid did a cost comparison of his energy ideas about windmills, sun, and green algae to fossil fuel and fracking, the math costs for doing the former would trump the latter by an exponent of infinity. But, since when is saving taxpayers' money and getting better results in the process ever high on Senators' list of priorities. It's [the US Senate] called the millionaires' club for a reason.


  2. The question of renewable energy versus fossil fuels remains contentious. The economics of each depend on many variables and many more unknowns.

    Renewable energy offers a zero "fuel" cost in exchange for a higher upfront investment. Backers of fossil fuels maintain they can predict the future cost of those fuels with an accuracy that has never been demonstrated in the past. The latter also tend to ignore such things as health costs, the cost of military committment required to protect those resources, environmental damage, and the inconvenient truth of climate change which has an unmeasurable cost.

  3. Jim et al:

    I thoroughly agree with you that health care and environment costs MUST be factored into the cost of ALL energy sources even windmills. Here's one of many articles on the issue:


    I didn't provide a link to the numerous birds that windmills kill and injure every year, some of which are extinct. You can do your own research and reading on it.


  4. Investing in the future isn't one of the items on conservatives lists to do. It seems many of them live in the Cold War years. We can not continue to rely on fossil fuels. The time to research and develop new energies is now. We should be treating this problem as we did during the race to space.

    Ms. Gail Collins-Ranadive thank you for the letter.

  5. "We should be treating this problem as we did during the race to space." Vernos Branco

    You are saying the government should recuse itself from energy research and development by letting the private sector take the lead. Then, government can contract with the private sector vendors for the alternative energy sources and services. If that is what you are saying, then I agree. The private sector already proves it does a better job for lesser costs with fossil fuels and fracking.


  6. "And what the ignorant republicans don't understand
    is that if any part of our electrical grid goes
    down, the only people with power will be the ones
    with solar and wind power." Teamster

    Redundant and backup electrical systems and power provide fail proof continuance in blackouts.


  7. FYI airweare

    "In biology and ecology, extinction is the end of an organism or of a group of organisms (taxon), normally a species. The moment of extinction is generally considered to be the death of the last individual of the species, although the capacity to breed and recover may have been lost before this point. Because a species' potential range may be very large, determining this moment is difficult, and is usually done retrospectively."



  8. "According to the extinguished Carmine..."

    BTW Lamy, this rumor, to quote Twain, is overly exaggerated.


  9. "So the extinct birds we killed with our windmills were blind, too??" Joe Lamy

    If that is a question, the answer is most definitely yes. Many like bats are sight impaired and use hearing and sound for flight. If it is a statement my response is TRUE.


  10. "Either way, my good uncle Sam Clemens would be laughing at your feeble cover for your egregious blundering."

    And I at his.


  11. Are birds blind?


    Yes. Some are born blind and others can be blinded later in life.