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<<Here in the USA we are energy conscious and making great strides to reduce wasteful energy usage and improve efficiency. However, Canada is the poster child of a country that squanders energy because it is cheap energy. Heating homes with electricity in the cold North is really something. They could become more efficient, add more transmission lines and become less dependent on construction of natural gas and nuclear power plants.

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Electricity ought to be cheap in at least some parts of the United States, notably in the Pacific Northwest. Indeed, it WAS very cheap for decades.

Environmentalists have been busily getting policies implemented that have resulted in large rate increases to consumers, most notably requiring heavy reliance on "renewable" power from solar or wind.

Of course, Washington, Oregon and Idaho have mostlt produced power from hydro, which has been very cheap to produce and which has always been "renewable." But environmentalists specifically EXCLUDED hydro as being a renewable power source when they mandated great increases in renewable power.

They wanted VERY EXPENSIVE wind and solar power developed --- not the already abundant renewable hydropower that already supplied most electricyt in the northwest.

Seattle, for example, usually has pretty much 100% hydropower, much of it from city dams built 60-80 years ago.

The only real affect of these environmentalist policies has been to increase the cost of power to consumers.

What a deal!



Seattle Pioneer
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