It might be time to discover the power of “us”. We’ve been embroiled in divide and conquer for so long that we have forgotten another path is even possible. Fear of “other” has taken the place of Love thy neighbor. Sound bites written by powerful agents have replaced common sense. I recently came upon an article about the increased and successful use of heat pumps in Maine. As you may know, heat pumps are the new electrified source of heating and cooling that are being purchased with immense rebates. This new technology helps reduce our carbon footprint.
What’s our carbon footprint? The oil, coal and natural gas that we burn to produce heat and keep the lights on carries with it a toxicity that is destroying the planet, one pipeline rupture, one train derailment, one flare-up at a time.
I may or may not be in line for a heat pump, but this article caught my attention. It seems industry moguls are having a hard time adjusting to the fact that people are leaving the fossil fuel industry. Whether due to cost or to save the environment, large numbers of people in Maine are acquiring heat pumps. They are ignoring false threats that heat pumps cannot withstand the frigid temps and other twisted facts bombarding them.
It made me think of our own fact showdown in the Midwest. If your information only comes from Dairyland Power you will believe that solar cannot possibly supply the energy we need. Or you may even succumb to the dangerous narrative that nuclear is not only safe but also necessary. If this is your thinking, you might consider the sources of that information and who will gain from it.
But more importantly what do we have to lose?
For more information on nuclear power read this from Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Or this on concerns regarding the Point Beach nuclear reactors from the Wisconsin PSR chapter.
Keep the cooperation in coop. Participate in the Vernon Electric Co-ops Annual Meeting, Saturday, March 25.