Safe, renewable energy the answer

Times Union | May 5, 2014 | LTE by Susan Weber

George Hebert, in his letter (“Get involved in oil transport debate,” April 21), properly condemns the fact that Albany has become a hub for transport of volatile crude oil in tank cars built for corn syrup and molasses, but he wrongly concludes building the “less dangerous” Keystone XL Pipeline is the answer.

The real answer is converting New York’s energy infrastructure to one using wind, water and sunlight — safe, sane, renewable energy. As detailed in the 2013 report by Stanford Professor Mark Jacobsen and others, this practical conversion would reduce New York’s energy demand by 37 percent, create more New York jobs since most of this energy will be produced in-state, create long-term energy price stability since fuel costs will be zero, and decrease air pollution deaths by 4,000 per year. And there wouldn’t be any hazardous spills.

Not only does reliance on fossil fuels place us all in imminent danger from Lac-Megantic-type explosions and Deepwater Horizon-type spills; it is driving the planet into a catastrophic and irreversible climate and resource crisis. While the vast majority of scientists know human action has caused our predicament, many believe we have passed the tipping point. Meanwhile, our government continues to award vast taxpayer-funded subsidies to highly profitable oil companies who in turn block government investment in renewables and purchase favorable regulatory treatment (see hydrofracking’s exemption from environmental regulations thanks to Vice President Dick Cheney, former Halliburton CEO).

Every day should be Earth Day. Let’s wake up and follow the money. Then support the only way to a tolerable tomorrow: Work for safe, sane, renewable energy for our state, our nation, and the planet.

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PAUSE is a grassroots group of individuals who have come together to promote safe, sustainable energy and fight for environmental justice. We engage the greater public to stop the fossil fuel industry’s assault on the people of Albany and our environment.