tjb, as a liberal, what forms of energy do you see as being green?
There was a time when environmentalism was bi-partisan, but that seems to have gone by the wayside. I'm not much of an environmentalist -- I'm just not reflexively pro big business (like Oil), which is deathly afraid of any change that might affect its profits.
I have thought of fracking as a net gain because we would be burning lower-impact natural gas instead of oil. Lots of awful local consequences for those living nearby, but that's always going to be the case with any industry nearby.
I've also at least re-thought nuclear (I was teargassed and hosed down at the Seabrook nuke plant as an undergrad - great weekend road trip). I like wind and regard much of the "environmental" complaints as NIMBY in green clothes.
I really think solar is the future. I would not mind seeing the government rigging the game so that innovation there is more rewarding.
I agree on solar and also like wind. The sun puts off a lot more energy than anything man made. It's clean and it's free (the harnessing mechanism is not). Seems like we could do a much better job there - solar panel shingles, solar panels on the hood, roof and trunk lids of hybrid cars, etc. Why not install small windmills on every roof?
Can someone explain the nuclear reactor on campus? Why don't they build one that powers the campus to use for education as well?