Entries for month: May 2012

Which Side Are We On?

Imagine if we included in the price of fossil fuels the cost of the tragic loss of life in coal-mining disasters, the cost of spewing pollution into our shared atmosphere, the cost of losing water forever when it is injected underground in fracking operations, the cost of cleaning up toxic underground petroleum spills, and the prolonged efforts it will take to rid the Gulf Coast of the legacy of BP’s epic catastrophe.
With such costs attached to fossil fuels, suddenly wind and solar power, which generally use no water and emit no pollution, seem abundant, free and not at all expensive by comparison.