“Joining us from the Left, we have Libby Rhal, a progressive firebrand. And for the Right, we’re joined by Connie Servative. Good morning Con; let’s start with you. Your side is often maligned for pooh-poohing environmental concerns and so-called clean energy development. So whaddya say?”
“Thanks Rayce, I’d like to begin by simply reminding folks that free market clean energy policies actually line up well with conservative principles. You know, renewable energy has already had a tremendous impact on Wisconsin’s economy. By 2015 there were almost 2,300 businesses employing 24,000 workers in energy efficiency, renewable energy and the like. Quite a job generator!”
(Rayce) “What do you say to that, Libby?” (Libby)“You think I’m going to take issue??”
(Rayce again) “Let’s turn to national security. Con Servative, what’s your view?”
“Clearly, home-grown clean, renewable energy will strengthen national security. It reduces dependence on foreign oil that often comes from countries opposing our values. And for better electrical grid security we should be expanding our local, diversified, renewable energy portfolio. Now’s the time to lock in the abundant, affordable clean energy sources we have right here in the good old U.S. of A.
(Rayce) “Well Libby, how would your approach differ?” (Libby, shaking her head) “Can’t say that it would.”
(Rayce once again, with increasing frustration in his voice.) “OK Con, surely you have something clever and cutting to say about ‘tree-hugger’ Libby’s crowd.”
“Call them what you want, Rayce. We conservatives understand it’s our duty to protect the environment; conserving is conservative! That includes reducing energy waste by increasing energy efficiencies. Beyond that, Wisconsin should take the lead in creating ag/clean-energy hybrids. For example, it’s time to expand bio-digesters and solar on farms to preserve farmland, improve water quality and strengthen the farm economy.” (More at wiscef.org)
Poor Rayce; he failed to generate a verbal “polar vortex.” Turns out Wisconsinites have more in common than not. Together then, let’s build that better world on our only home, where we’re all forever… Earthbound.