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Redirecting Our Energy (Editorial Excerpt)
What Marcellus Shale holds in potential energy is a joke compared to the potential of efficiency. And even better, efficiency won't threaten your water supply - in fact, it goes a long way toward promoting clean air and water by sparing it pollution.
Unfortunately, our economy doesn't put a price tag on clean air and water. But it does reward extraction, which is something big companies make fortunes on. What can we do to change that?
Policies have been put in place in Pennsylvania and around the country to lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. Twenty-four states, including our own, have mandated that renewable energy be part of the energy mix. Pennsylvania has reached a point where the amount of solar energy being produced far exceeds the modest goals of the legislation. This has caused the commodity market based on solar production to crash. Supply has outstripped demand.
Pennsylvania House Bill 1580 is a piece of legislation that aims to restructure the current law. The solar industry predicts that, even in a worst case scenario, energy customers would only see their bills go up $0.04 a month; those representing the coal industry warn that, overall, it could cost billions.
Who do you believe?
Call the office of PA. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai (717-772-9943) and let him know you want PA. House Bill 1580 brought to a vote.
Alex J. Mulcahy