By Chuck Moon
February 03, 2008
It would be in our best interest to produce some of our own energy besides hydroelectric power (which this winter has not been so good). Possible sources such as biodiesel, obtained from fish oil, could be used for generating electricity, used as home heating oil, and diesel fuel to power the fishing fleet. Beach wood (lord knows we have enough of this lying around) and biomass could be used to produce ethanol for use as auto fuel. Programs to recycle burnables as fuel, tidal generators (using our 10 ft tides), and windmills to produce electricity.
I am sure we have enough grant
writers in Ketchikan to assist in obtaining Federal aide to help
start these projects. In addition there must also be tax write-offs
for businesses engaged in energy production. Not to mention that
these ventures would provide much needed jobs. Since the cost
to produce electricity will only rise, one added benefit of becoming
self-sufficient is the stabilization of energy costs. The capital
gained in these ventures would stay here in SE Alaska and not
used to support terrorism.
Received February 02, 2008 - Published February 03, 2008
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