Mixing power and politics


Published: Saturday, April 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 31, 2006 at 10:23 p.m.
In response to my friend Norman Jensen's letter of March 25, which is itself a response to my March 21 letter, I want to clarify a couple things. My letter wasn't advocating fossil fuels nor did it even mention Vice President Dick Cheney's energy policy of 2001.
I think the latest consensus in America is one favoring nuclear power plants as well as new technologies that will wean us off oil for automobiles. Technology will change with the times regardless of political policy statements, as it well should.
Locally, the options were coal, coal-gasification, or conservation mixed with burning tree waste retrieved from diesel-powered trucks. The City may eventually choose just conservation, a politically expedient option.
Our city politicians seem to be too affected by a small, vocal minority when making long term energy decisions. Politics should take a back seat to energy needs; there really should be no "policy statements" about it, locally or nationally. Gainesville politicians are just as guilty as Dick Cheney in that they both make policy based primarily on their own political base's wishes rather than long-term realism.
So given that, my letter advocated a nuclear power plant but only if it could be built in a politically receptive area (a surrounding county, not Alachua). It cannot be built here as long as we have politicians who hold their fingers to the wind.
I find it interesting how city commissioners pushed out GRU manager Mike Kurtz. Talk about shooting the messenger!
Jeff Knee, Gainesville

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