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Jim Gooch says Renewable Energy a False Hope

March 27th, 2008 · 3 Comments

You thought you’d seen the last of Jim Gooch, didn’t you?

BOY, WERE YOU WRONG!

He’s back. This time he’s showing his absolute stupidity (not ignorance– there’s a big difference) in a discussion about renewable energy and the prospect of Kentucky lifting the ban on nuclear power plants.

We’re all for open discussion and difference of opinion but it’s a sad day when an elected Democrat pulls crap like this out of his giiiiant hat:

Committee Chairman Jim Gooch, D-Providence, said he likes the bill and considers coal and nuclear to be America’s energy future, while wind and solar power offer “false hopes.”

It’s obvious that there are both positives and negatives when it comes to coal and nuclear power, but let’s get real for a minute. Since when are wind and solar power offering FALSE HOPES? I don’t see the giant wind and solar farms being used by the Tennessee Valley Authority as offering false hope.

Jim “Walrus” Gooch– whose family has benefited financially from the coal industry– should seriously attempt to learn a bit about renewable energy before spouting off. He could start by watching the film Kilowatt Ours.

And a little message to Gooch: folks at the KDP (who shall remain nameless, but there are witnesses who can back us up) have hinted that they’d like to get you out of office. Don’t think for a second that they won’t have help if they decide to do something behind the scenes.

Tags: Corruption · Embarrassing · Environment

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 » Links, Links, Links What’s Required: Progress in the Commonwealth // Mar 27, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    [...] says renewable energy isn’t going to happen.  Guess we’re all just screwed, [...]

  • 2 Steve Bittenbender // Mar 27, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    If we could only harness the power of the wind blowing from Rep. Gooch’s mouth.

    That being said, wind and solar really aren’t reliable sources of power for Kentucky. The wind (sans the time when Providence state Rep. is speaking) is not consistently powerful enough — though I do believe there’s a company in E’town that creates parts for wind turbines, so at least we can benefit from it that way. And there aren’t enough sunny days in Kentucky, either.

    That being said, to dismiss them as national alternatives is just plain silly. Nothing should be left off the table when it comes to discussing energy alternatives.

  • 3 jake // Mar 27, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Doesn’t mean we can’t have wind farms in the windy parts (mountains?) of the state or solar farms in parking lots and such, as Tennessee does.