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!!