His first stop was at Old Man Coal’s dusty door. “Well if it isn’t my favorite little customer, er…I mean friend. Looking for treats? Let’s see what we have. The usual I presume?” Coal coughed up a lump of coal into Bucky’s sack. The badger frowned as he turned away knowing that every year he traded a huge chunk of his $15 billion annual fuel budget for lumps of dirty coal.
Bucky’s next stop was at Nat Gass’s fracking house. “Come in,” burped Nat while seeping gaseous fumes with every breathe. “Well, if it isn’t little Bucky. Here you go pal,” he hissed as he handed Bucky a gas-filled balloon representing another quarter or so of that $15 billion.
Pete Rolium’s pumphouse was next door. Pete filled Bucky’s flask with his best 87 octane gasoline. “Always happy to take a generous slice of that $15 billion annual energy budget off your paws little Bucky.” Pete gushed.
As Bucky left Pete’s his spirit sagged. “Just who is getting treats and who’s getting tricked?” he thought to himself. “Sure, all these guys are happy to give me their energy goodies in exchange for my hard-earned cash.”
As he shuffled down the road he stopped at Bette Erway’s gate and decided he’d try one more door. When Bette opened her door she peered into Bucky’s sack and shook her head. “We can do better than that,” Bette smiled. “Bucky, you have no buried fossil fuels or uranium of your own, so every year you send your money out of state to buy energy from others. But remember, the sun shines and the wind blows in your state too. With today’s technology you could be generating your own power while creating home-grown jobs. Perhaps even more important, your Focus on Energy program (FocusOnEnergy.com) provides almost $6 in energy-saving benefits for every $1 spent. Treat yourself!” Bette advised.
She dropped a shiny medallion stamped SWEBS into Bucky’s sack. The medallion was to remind him that Solar, Wind, Efficiency, and Battery Storage combined would be the real treat freeing him from Coal, Nat, and Pete’s tricks.
Bucky headed home assured that he really can save dollars while building a cleaner world right here where we’re all forever… Earthbound.