Bloomberg Backs Off Wind Energy for NYC

Well that was fast. Just yesterday I wrote a post about New York City Mayor Bloomberg's suggestion that the city install wind and solar energy generators to create 10% of its energy from renewables by 2010. I warned readers that this might be a lot of hot air since he provided few details about cost and strategy, unfortunately I was right.

Today, Bloomberg backed off of his idea saying, "I have absolutely no idea whether that makes any sense from a scientific, from a practical point of view." One would think the Mayor of New York City would have some better information before rolling out a new energy initiative.

Although the Mayor should be applauded for thinking about reforming the city's energy sources, he should take this challenge a little more seriously. David Carr, of the Alternative Energy Institute, in Canyon, Texas, said, "I don't think this was very well thought out."

Of all the confusion over Bloomberg's proposal, the one thing he has gotten right is his call for energy conservation. Conservation is the fastest, cheapest way to save energy and money. New York should put serious effort into finding ways to reduce energy consumption at both the government and commercial levels.

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