Sunday, September 10, 2006

NIMFY: An Ounce of Conservation is Worth a Pound of Cure


I agree with Carl Safina's statement "Americans insist on wasting energy and needing more. We will affect the natural view of a famously beautiful piece of America's ocean and still not develop a plan to conserve energy." in an article on wind power and in reference to the proposed Cape Wind project.

We have no plan and there is no implementation of conservation in this country. Let's start there and then utilize sources of alternative energy that will help not harm our natural resources, beautiful land and seascapes. It is putting the cart before the horse to do other wise and it is dangerous.

Conservation is the cheapest and most doable way to cut back on noxious emissions and make use of the energy we have now rather than wasting it and adding more sources on top that will simply be used up requiring more and more. America is less addicted to oil than it is to waste.

An ounce of Conservation is worth a pound of cure.

Former President Carter says “Reduce the demand through conservation. Our emphasis on conservation is a clear difference between this plan (Carter’s 10 Principles) and others which merely encouraged CRASH PRODUCTION EFFORTS. Conservation is the quickest, cheapest, most practical source of energy. Conservation is the only way we can buy a barrel of oil for a few dollars. It costs about $13 to waste it."

Projects like Cape Wind which attempt to take over 24 square miles of a public resource by a private developer are harmful not only to the delicate ocean ecology but to the community that doesn't want it. But they are labeled rich NIMBYS. Rich couldn't be further from the truth
but as to NIMBY:

I believe it is not the NIMBY title it is the NIMFY title that most aptly represents the issue. When something you do not want is about to be placed in your Front Yard you begin to look deeply into the issues. When it is about to be placed in someone else's 'back yard' you don't.
Human nature. Out of sight out of mind.

LTE from The Herald, UK on NIMBY (NIMFY)"A research team at the University of Barcelona found that local protesters often address real issues of bad planning that are ignored or discounted by authorities and developers. The study showed that nimbys could prevent the destruction of rural amenities, and often work against public policy which avours private interests. The director of the project, Dr Valeria Carril, commented: "Nimbys are in fact
protecting the whole community from decisions that might not be in the best interests of the locality. The interest of the developers is obviously to make a profit but will they do anything for the quality of life of the rest of the community? The answer is often No, and so the protesters are an essential part of getting the proper arguments and merits of any plan discussed."

Photo courtesy of windstop.org

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