Advertise in Print | Subscriptions
Published May 03, 2009, 12:00 AM

Total up price tag for all these ‘green’ programs

I’m listening to all the “green” news. I’m wondering if anyone has looked at the price tag? Maybe being green is so important that it doesn’t matter how much it will cost.

By: David Wolfer, Bismarck

I’m listening to all the “green” news. I’m wondering if anyone has looked at the price tag? Maybe being green is so important that it doesn’t matter how much it will cost.

We just jumped off of the cliff for the economy. Really, we could take the spending program costs, distribute them, and everyone could stop working, stop manufacturing and live off of the interest and principle of these programs while having a great economy all while we vacation.

Will we jump off the cliff again and spend more to avoid climate change and stop global warming? As with the economy, no one is absolutely sure that we can stop climate change or reverse global warming either. Do we really think we want global cooling, or do you think we could just freeze the climate so the world gets neither warmer nor cooler?

Meanwhile in North Dakota, that “energy” economy edge we think we have because of coal, gas and oil in our state might be lost for good. Do you think we can get the green alternatives working before gas, oil and coal energy costs go out of sight or out of business?

If we really want to grow the economy, eliminate foreign dependence on oil and create jobs, we should develop technologies that reduce emissions, start drilling and mining in the U.S., invest in nuclear energy, wind, solar power and give the transportation industry incentives to develop alternative fuels.

I don’t suggest we carbon-tax our only source of energy into oblivion, thus losing jobs, destroying the economy and growing government.

We all emit carbon dioxide by breathing, and I hear the EPA is working on how to deal with this source of global warming gas. Eliminate hot air from politicians and stop global warming.

Tags: