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through increased healthcare costs, higher mortality, and reduced crop productivity. In addition, between 2002–2010, the fossil fuel


industry received federal subsidies of $72.5 billion; renewables received $29 billion. Fossil fuel tax incentives were $53.9 billion to only $6 billion for the renewable industry. Research and development (R&D), a job creator


addressed in the President's plan, is the only way to reduce the upfront costs of renewable energy, asserts Meo. High tech industries like pharmaceuticals and IT spend 10 to 20 percent of their annual revenue on R&D; the private energy industry spent only 0.03 percent in 2010. "We can gasify coal before burning to create a


clean burning fuel equal to natural gas—now, today," Meo explains. "Of course, the cost is higher." It is clear, investment must be made for our energy sector to do anything other than what it has always done. In a New York Times Aug. 1 op-ed, "A


Republican Case for Climate Action," four former EPA administrators, all appointed under republican administrations, call Obama's plan "an achievable action that [will] deliver real progress." "Increased investment in clean energy


technology [is] the path we must follow to ensure a strong economy along with a livable climate," the authors wrote. "Climate change puts all our progress and our successes at risk." As the President said, "We don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society . . . ultimately we will be judged as a people, and as a society, and as a country on where we go from here."


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pilot projects underway, most have been on-again/ off-again ventures that are unproven and expensive. New regulations should be based on adequately


demonstrated technology and provide an achievable timeframe that allows for meaningful progress—continued advancement in clean coal technology and of renewable energy (while embracing alternatives—and co-ops are leaders in the industry!—renewable energy accounted for only 12 percent of electricity generation in 2012, according to the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration), and deployment of smart grid infrastructures that help engage and empower consumers while optimizing system efficiencies. Affordable and dependable electricity is critical


to families, businesses and our nation’s economy. Indeed, as Obama says, "We need an ‘all-of-the- above energy policy'… for our children and future generations.”


RESOURCES


The President's Climate Action Plan http://bit.ly/WhiteHouseClimate


National Rural Electric Cooperative Association www.nreca.coop


This pro/con issue format was researched and composed, on the Pro side, by OEC News Editor Tory Tedder, with Communications Specialist for Social Media Patti Rogers taking the Con.


16 September 2013


Industry News


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