Letter: Don’t tie us to ‘all of the above’ energy plan for next 30 years
October 5, 2017
Editor's note: Find a cited version of this letter at http://www.vaildaily.com.
In the June 20 Vail Daily, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton enlightened us all on his view for creating a secure energy future ("Creating an energy future," Tuesday, June 20). He proudly introduced us to his new bill, HR 2907, Planning for American Energy Act of 2017. This bill has now gone to the Energy and Mineral Resources Committee for hearings.
Since our energy future is vitally important to all of us, I feel the need to point out what I see as serious issues with Rep. Tipton's approach, which he calls "all of the above." By this, he means that plans should include wind, solar, hydrothermal, oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale and minerals.
Some of these things are highly polluting, toxic and destructive of natural lands and waters, so there is an immediate problem with the "all of the above" approach. From a man with monetary ties to the energy sector, I guess I should not be surprised.
But what did shock me was in paragraph three where he tries to sneak in the clincher to the whole deal: "It would require the U.S. to develop an all-of-the-above approach to meet the projected energy demand of the United States over the next 30 years." He, and the fossil fuels industry, wants us tied by law to this approach for 30 years! That's a generation! Oil shale! Coal! Fracking, in a water-threatened desert, for 30 years!
Who knows what discoveries wait the next five years, much less the next 30, in the energy sector? How shortsighted can we be to tie ourselves to an outdated energy environment for a generation?
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The survival of this planet depends on our opposition to HR 2907 and all the oil, coal and polluted fracking water fingerprints that are all over that bill. When you combine this approach with the current Interior Secretary's moves to remove land out of national monument status, which protects it from this violation, you are giving away this last public treasure to the fossil-fuel industry.
We must let Congress know that this is not acceptable.