Natural Gas NOW
Tony Ingraffea has finally uttered something with which I wholeheartedly agree, although he has come to it as a result of his own previous demagoguery.
I knew it would happen, but not this quickly. Tony Ingraffea pushed hard on a plan for New York to power itself with renewables in a few short years. It became clear earlier this year, though, it would never work politically when a tiny wind farm in his backyard faced strong opposition. I wrote this at the time:
Three years ago, Tony Ingraffea, chief fractivist on Planet Ithaca, co-authored a report. It suggested New York could derive all its all-purpose energy from renewables by 2030. It was premised on 4,250 windmills providing 10% of that energy. That assumption is, as I’ve noted from my own experience with wind projects, incredibly naive. The same people who fight fracking can be counted to also oppose wind when it’s in their back yard…
That report from Tony Ingraffea suggesting wind energy would be an easy replacement for some portion of natural gas, is wildly impractical. Tony’s never had to get a wind project approved. If it takes more than a decade to build seven seven stupid turbines that shouldn’t bother anyone, imagine just how difficult it would be to get 600 times that many more approved and built in the next 14 years. It isn’t going to happen, there’s not enough money to do it and many of the people who say they want it, don’t want it near them. It’s that simple.
Today, Tony Ingraffea is facing that reality—the fruits of his own demagoguery—and his reaction is about what I expected.