Clean energy is the right thing to do
September 27, 2012
I am dismayed by the slick, glossy lobbying piece I got from out-of-town money trying to buy an Aspen election. The public-relations piece tried to make the Castle Creek hydropower project sound too expensive. People complained decades ago about Aspen’s Ruedi hydropower, but now it’s our cheapest source of electricity. No type of energy makes a profit at first – not coal-fired power plants, nuclear plants or solar or wind farms. The prices of electricity from coal and nuclear are only going to increase, and hydropower makes financial sense for our future.
The people who want these water rights will tell us that there is some unnamed future solution that will be better. There is no “clean” coal – it’s filthy! We could build a nuclear power plant, I suppose, or turn off our computers and heat. Or we could build the most environmentally responsible, financially wise solution that the voters approved before outside money and NIMBYs began trying to scare Aspen voters.
Most important, it is the right thing to do. We can get more of our electricity without contributing to severe droughts and heat waves and protect the beautiful stream at the same time – we owe it to our children to do so.