Monday, April 9, 2007

Be the change you wish to make in the world

Professional faux-conservative hacks like Patrick McHenry probably think alternative energy is some kind of diet milkshake, but Progressives and open-minded folks know it's much more.

1. It's a potential lucrative industry and job-creator for Western North Carolina.

2. It's a way of powering homes, cars, and factories while considering greenhouse gas emissions and our planet's future.

3. It's a route to national energy independence and thus a route to greater national security (because it could eliminate dependence on foreign oil).

As new technologies emerge, Western North Carolina can become a leader for technological research and for practical applications.

In the short- and long-term, however, energy conservation needs to be part of our solution. And Democrats can lead the way.

Kudos to the Gaston County Democratic Party, or more specifically Gaston Progressive Democrats for a great and easily replicated idea: at a recent meeting they offered free fluorescent lightbulbs to anyone bringing in a standard light bulb for exchange.

What a great way to encourage participation in the party while also standing up for what Democrats believe in -- reducing energy consumption. Way to go Gaston!!

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