Monday, July 27, 2009

July 27, 2009

We were fortunate to have Commissioner Susan Parker, of the Alabama Public Service Commission speak to us at Kiwanis today. Susan addressed the energy and carbon pollution problem with us, recommending we switch to all fluorescent bulbs in our lamps and have our homes tested for insulation deficiencies. Alabama is in a bad position, since all our power comes from coal fired, power generating stations. Even though she is a democrat, she is against the Cap and Trade Bill recently passed by the House, because it requires power companies to reduce their carbon footprint by 80% in the next 15 years. That would force Alabama Power to
purchase allowance credits from other manufacturers, driving up our individual power bills 40% or more. Alabama Power is consistantly trying to keep pace by installing lime sequestering injectors on the smoke stacks to reduce the gases, but the Cap and Trade legislation would place them in an unwinable situation. As it relates to wind-energy, it would take 31,000 acres of windmills, just to replace the output of Barry Steam Plant. Susan believes nuclear energy might be a salient solution for the SouthEast.

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