HEA needs to learn from mistakes

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I recently read the article in which HEA Board President Dave Carey stated HEA is eyeing small-scale hydroelectric projects to produce more electricity. Carey is obviously in favor of pursuing these projects and hopes the federal law currently prohibiting the funding of such projects will be amended to allow the funding of the projects.

Hydroelectric dams were specifically omitted from funding because they are so environmentally destructive to fish and wildlife resources. One only needs to look at the destruction to fish and wildlife habitat in and along rivers in the Lower 48 that have been dammed to produce electricity to see why energy producing companies are no longer encouraged or subsidized to build such destructive projects.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 authorizes the U.S. Department of Energy to fund such energy producing technologies as solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, landfill gas, livestock methane, ocean power (tides, etc.) and hydrogen fuel cells.

Why don't HEA and Dave Carey pursue one or more of the above mentioned environmentally friendly energy producing sources? Has mankind not learned anything from his past mistakes in attempting to conquer nature at all costs?

Bob Standish


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