Thursday, January 26, 2012

Living in a Land of the Truly Clueless - Senator Roy Blunt, Republican, MO

Two days ago I sent this Sierra Club email message to my congresspeople. Essentially, all it asked for was to make investing in clean, renewable energy like wind and solar the energy priority for our country.

Today I received this reply from Senator Roy Blunt:

This man is not my friend. Yet.
 Dear Alline:

Thank you for contacting me on renewable energy.

While I agree we should expand our use of renewable energy sources, we can't hamper our nation's access to cost-efficient and reliable energy to get there.  Renewable energy requires costly subsidies to be viable.  While the wind and sun are free, what it takes to turn them into electricity is not.  That's why now is not the time for Congress to enact legislation mandating a nationwide renewable electricity standard, the result of which would saddle consumers with higher electricity costs.

I believe we must look at all types of energy sources, and increase the production of domestic energy in an environmentally-sound manner.   Americans would be better served pursuing all forms of clean energy development rather than implementing burdensome mandates.  Clean energy, such as nuclear, clean-coal, wind, solar, and biomass, will play an important part in our energy future.

Again, thank you for contacting me.  I look forward to continuing our conversation on Facebook ( ) and Twitter ( ) about the important issues facing Missouri and the country.  I also encourage you to visit my website ( ) to learn more about where I stand on the issues and sign-up for my e-newsletter.

Sincere regards,
Roy Blunt

To which I can only reply:

Dear Roy,

Thank you for your short-sighted and stunningly arrogant reply. Wow. I could hardly believe what I was reading. Really? Clean coal? Safe nuclear energy? When you say "we can't hamper our nation's access to cost-efficient and reliable energy" would that cost-efficient energy be located in, say, Alberta in the Keystone XL tar sands?  Is it better to "saddle" consumers with an unsustainable energy plan based on almost-depleted petroleum and volatile radiation instead of encouraging conservation and renewable energy? On what planet are you living, Mr. Blunt? Perhaps Planet-Cover-Your-Ass-To-Get-Re-elected?

Well, guess what, Roy. Next election I'm working for your opponent, whomever that may turn out to be. An opponent who probably won't believe that global warming is a myth., and who will have an inkling of what happened at Chernoybl and Fukushima.

Should you ever want to experience first hand just how un-burdensome life with renewable energy can be, please consider this an open invitation to visit us here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. We feel that Americans would be better served pursuing lives of thoughtful conservation, renewable energy and community development instead of your "solutions" listed above.

Sincere regards,