Over the last several months there have been many letters written about the potential Cogentrix power plant in our county. Many valid views have been expressed. Much to my dismay, there has been almost no discussion of energy conservation.
The reason, dare I say only reason, this plant is an issue for our community is our insatiable appetite for energy. If there were not demand, there would be no plant.
The United States makes up only five percent of the world's population but uses 25 percent of the world's energy.
We drive big cars and have an electronic gadget for nearly every use.
It is great to see such grass roots efforts on the power plant issue. It causes me to wonder if people are missing the point when I see a "Stop Cogentrix" bumper sticker on the back of a mega-SUV belching exhaust or a similar sign lit by 200 watts of incandescent light!
We can all make an effort to minimize our energy consumption. We can drive more efficient cars or share a ride. Fluorescent light bulbs use 75 percent less energy than the incandescent type and last much longer. One 60-watt equivalent fluorescent bulb saves 400 pounds of coal per year. We can now choose to purchase wind and solar electricity. Low flow faucets, efficient appliances and home insulation play a role too. We can support legislative efforts to clean up our water and air. Lastly, we all can recycle!
Let's keep our local environment clean. But let's not forget how we got in this situation in the first place. Our country needs to go on an energy diet and we can all do our part right here at home!