August 8, 2023 at 10:15 a.m.

The Green New Deal Fantasy Is Exposed for All to See

Dear Editor,

A circle graph in an article by Tyler Durden from Zero Hedge (July 28, 2023), NatGas, Coal, Nuclear Power Save Largest US Grid As Emergency Alert Declared for Second Day, shows that industrial wind and solar provided about 6% of the electrical energy used in the recent moderate heat wave in the Midwest/MidAtlantic states. The balance of energy, a whopping 94% was provided by reliable sources of electricity—natural gas, coal, and nuclear.

If we doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled the amount of industrial wind and solar, that would still provide only about 25% of the needed electric power.  What would our state look like with that much more equipment junking up our homes, farms, parks, streams, and lakes? The best sites for wind and solar are already taken, making it more difficult and less economical to install on poorer sites to produce the power. The safety, health, environmental, social, and economic impact would be devastating.

Anyone who still supports the Green New Deal fantasy is naïve and uneducated. Depending on industrial wind and solar power is not only wishful thinking but also stupid and dangerous. 

George A. Schwarzmann Jr.

Belmont Township

Platteville, WI