Capital Beat extra: All about energy

After speaking at a conference on climate change in Concord today, former New York governor George Pataki demurred when asked whether he would run for president.

"Oh, that," he said. "I'm going to focus on policy, let the politics take care of itself and then make a decision farther down the road."

During the conference, Pataki's speech focused largely on the environmental benefits of controlling carbon emissions. Speaking afterward, he tied in national defense. By creating new alternative energy sources and becoming less dependent on foreign oil, "we're defunding very unfriendly regimes like Hugo Chavez," he said.

Pataki is credited with leading efforts to create the nation's first cap-and-trade system, designed to cut carbon emissions from power plants in the Northeast. Whether he is in the presidential race or not, Pataki said, the country's energy future should be a major focus because it is the only issue that ties in security, the environment and economics.

- Chelsea Conaboy


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It's practical, too!

I must say that I strongly have to agree with former New York Governor George Pataki's statement from the March 1st Climate conference in Concord. Governor Pataki said, "..the country's energy future should be a major focus (of the presidential campaign) because it is the only issue that ties in security, the environment and economics."

But while the Governor was absolutely correct on those points, he did not state the most practical reason for the people of New Hampshire to embrace clean energy. When you purchase clean energy - energy from clean, renewable resources such as wind, small-hydro, or solar - nothing different happens! Your furnace still turns on in the winter, the lights still work as they always did, and your air conditioner still keeps you cool in the summer. There is NO difference to the consumer, except the few pennies more that the energy costs per kilowatt hour. But you not only reduce carbon emissions in our atmosphere, you also make America less dependent on foreign oil.

Michael K. Garofalo
New Hampshire State Director
SmartPower