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Renewable energy our salvation

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Friday, October 4, 2019

Lawrence Watts derided a North Carolina wind farm as shameful (Public Forum, June 4), claiming no one could even find out its actual generating capacity. I responded revealing the actual KWH generated. I also showed that wind farm was viewed locally as an economic triumph.

Watts responded on Aug. 19 saying I reminded him of Henny Penny crying falsely that the sky is falling, though it was he who pecked at imagined failures while it was I who crowed about successes.

He writes again (Sept. 23) critical of renewable energy, “revealing” solar panels do not work at night! Well duh! Everyone knows that. He is also concerned that on a solar farm “not a creature of nature will ever call that land home again.”

Well, Mr. Henny Penny Watts, your concern for wildlife is welcome and shared. But good news! The newer giant solar farms are often located in deserts (Examples: California’s 579 megawatt Solar Star, Mexico’s 754 megawatt Villanuea Solar Park, China’s 1,500 megawatt Tengger Solar Park and Egypt’s 1,800 megawatt plant). All of these still have negatives such as much 30 percent wasted power because of location as well as the environmental costs of manufacture.

But extracting fossil fuel has even worse environmental impacts: Devastating strip mines, fracking, streams made too acid for wildlife, pipelines impacting wildlife at every stream crossing, and the transport of fossil fuels disrupts both nature and activities of man for thousands of miles, plus there is devastation of marine resources by offshore drilling.

Absent from this list is the greatest cost: Destruction of a habitable planet caused by CO2 emissions from burning fuels. But rather than being hapless Henny Pennys we can embrace the new opportunities. While conservation is an obvious must, renewables can be our salvation; fossil fuel dependency our failure.

Barney Kane

Greenville

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October 21, 2019

Tinsley Yarbrough has done it again. I hope he knows the truth but then, if he does, I am worried that he twists it to suit his yellow dog democrat views.

The recession of the pre-Obama years was caused by Federal loan guarantee agencies lowering the requirements for home loans resulting in many…

October 20, 2019

It’s municipal election time in Greenville and Mayor P.J. Connelly is running for re-election. Two years seems a short time for a mayor to establish an agenda and to realize successes that have been beneficial to the City of Greenville. He and our City Council still have irons in the fire…

October 18, 2019

It appears the Trump administration is trying to find a way to get us into a war with Iran without Congressional approval. Why else sacrifice our allies the Kurds?

I disagree with op-ed columnist, Marc Thiessen’s assessment that “The cry that America is fighting ‘endless…

October 17, 2019

In his most recent “tour de ignorance” in Sunday’s Reflector, Vic Corey again praises the Trumpster and condemns the Democratic Party as “Communist.”

Some time ago, after a writer applauded Mr. Corey as a product of the “school of hard knocks,” I lamented…

October 16, 2019

Two years ago, after becoming a consistently obstructionist voice on the Greenville City Council, Calvin Mercer was facing the daunting prospect of running against and probably losing his seat to the forward-thinking Brian Meyerhoeffer.

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October 15, 2019

In his article it appears that Bill Redding in his letter (Don’t mix religion, politics, Oct 10) is deriding both Mr. Graham and President Trump for their religious beliefs. He is right that, only God can fix our problems, but he works through the efforts of his people as they do his will.…

October 14, 2019

When I go to the grocery store and buy a dozen eggs in a foam plastic carton, I always open the carton and check the eggs before I put them in my grocery cart. It is not that I think the grocery store would short change me, but I am investing some of my family money and need to check the eggs.

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October 13, 2019

I can't remember a Republican politician ever admitting to being wrong about anything, or apologizing for any lousy deed he or she might have done.

Then comes former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh, who in the past lied nearly every time he opened his mouth. He made up lies about Obama/Democrats.…

October 13, 2019

I am in agreement with Nikki Haley, former ambassador to the UN, that President Trump’s victories are a big win for every America — unless you are a member of the Democratic/Communist party that is.

Our great president is working hard every day to make America more safe, more prosperous…

October 12, 2019

At the suggestion of my wife, we moved from Raleigh to Greenville two years ago this week. It was a great suggestion and we have loved being a part of this community.

After almost 40 years in Raleigh, Greenville is a nice change of pace. From what I read in the Daily Reflector, I am not sure that…

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