Thanks to a front-page story in today's Washington Post, we have yet one more example of how hopelessly out of touch the government is.
Post staff writer Steven Mufson explains that, because of a full court press by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, lawmakers are happily handing over low-interest loans to build coal-burning power plants. These are conventional plants, the Post says, that, when completed in 10 years, would spew enough greenhouse gas emissions to offset all — yes, all — of the ongoing efforts to curb and reduce them.
You and I know that makes no sense. But then again, we don't live in Washington. I know it costs a lot of money to run for reelection, and I know that lobbyists are an almost irresistible force. But not only is this fiasco bad environmental policy, it's bad fiscal policy — government subsidies for pollution. You can read all about it in the Washington Post.
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By Harry Smith