Letter: Real green is real clean
The New Hampshire Office of Energy and Planning held a public hearing in Plymouth recently to present a draft of the new energy strategy that came about as a result of Senate Bill 191, passed in the last legislative session.
The state paid $200,000 for the strategy, which plots New Hampshire’s energy future. At the public hearing, a summation of the plan was given and clearly emphasized and promoted the future use of renewable energy, which is an admirable goal for New Hampshire or any state going forward.
In New Hampshire, renewable energy is defined as solar, wind, run-of-the-river hydro and biomass.
While the OEP was holding these public hearings, it turns out the New England States Committee on Electricity, the New England governors and Northeast Utilities were meeting behind closed doors, away from public scrutiny, devising a plan to import two forms of nonrenewable energy.
This initiative includes a transmission line for large-scale hydroelectricity from Canada and a pipeline to import natural gas from Pennsylvania. Industrial hydro and natural gas are not considered clean, green, renewable energy by the state or the EPA, and for good reason. Both release massive amounts of methane. Methane is at least 100 times more powerful a greenhouse gas than CO2.
More than 70 percent of Americans see combating climate change as a moral obligation – they want to protect generations to come.
Let the governor know that you want real clean, green, renewable energy for New Hampshire.