New Hampshire Trees Win With Regulators

I was dismayed to find out that New Hampshire Regulators voted against clean hydroelectric power. True the power would have come from Canada and would be used in Massachusetts. However the power grid is interdependent, and problems and costs in Massachusetts would be reflected here in New Hampshire. A substation in Franklin would have provided New Hampshire with clean electrical energy.

As a believer in electric cars and transportation. It is logical that cheap clean electrical energy would help encourage the transition. The decision against clean inexpensive power saddened me.

Ostensibly the decision was to save trees and tourism. We should practice conservation the regulators say. What we will end up doing is burning more American coal. Nuclear power is being replaced with coal in New England. It is just the way it is. Shuttered coal plants are coming back on line as other forms of energy are legislated away. At least the trees are happy. Coal makes Co2, and trees love Co2. The regulators were right about that.

I am sure the price of electricity will now go up. A vibrant economy is the result of low cost energy. High energy costs are a drag on the economy. I am sure Amazon is looking for a new headquarters someplace other than a place with high energy costs.

In actuality, stupid moves by regulators make the market go down. Look what happened last Thursday. Some regulators don’t like winning, and it shows. Personally I see a direct linkage.

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