As a native of Colorado, I have traveled to all corners of this state and many other Western states. Each time I see the horizon of what was, just a few years ago, an open vista, now broken by forests of these white giants, I am disheartened by the direction of renewable energy. I can’t imagine how many of these things would have to be erected in the next 20 years to replace the energy generated by gas-fired power plants, but I for one am not certain the trade-off is the environmental panacea it is touted to be.
To be sure, we are at a crossroads in energy and need all kinds of ideas to supply the enormous demand that is now filled by fossil fuels; however, I’m not ready to surrender the last open prairies to this version of energy independence.
Fort Collins, Colorado
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