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We are being driven to adopt alternative forms of energy. The latest effort by Mr. Gore would have us out of coal-generated electricity and into renewable energy sources by 2018.
The Heritage Foundation studied the effects of such a policy and found the following:
- The average monthly electricity bill for a family of four, by exclusive energy source looks like this-
- Coal - $189/mo.
- Onshore Wind - $340/mo.
- Offshore Wind - $404/mo.
- Solar Thermal - $504/mo.
- Solar Photovoltaic - $718/mo.
Given the budget squeeze already faced by the typical family of four, it is difficult to imagine what such energy policies would do to the economy of our country.
Even blending the sources of alternative power mean that costs will rise significantly. There may be some level of efficiency increase between now and 2018 in one or more forms of alternative energy, but to think that this will ever be cost-neutral or even affordable is folly.