We've been having some visits by the local wildlife...
Energy and Politics
Downstream Strategies just released a report that lays out some of the benefits of wind power over MTR mining at Coal River Mountain. Surprisingly, the report boldly states that private landholders and mining companies benefit from MTR mining, while local/county governments could actually receive nearly two (2) million dollars annually for property taxes on the wind farm. The mine would only send some 36,000 dollars to Raleigh County.
See the details at Coal River Wind. Also, Massey Energy coated over a bunch of fuss over Ohio State University Pres. Gordon Gee by pointing out his dedication to Massey. Gee, co-chair of the Energy Initiative Advisory Committee of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges is important in shaping the climate and clean energy debates within the realm of higher education institutions. Hence, many people called for his resignation from Massey, one of the worst environmental and social offenders in the US today.
Talk about energy (and not politics), spend even a second at Scott's Rolling Thunder organic farm and you will undoubtedly feel more joy in your life. Fresh spinach and multiple types of lettuce, all organic and local, are seen below and soon to be enjoyed!
Meanwhile, on the homefront the irises are blooming wonderfully...