Among Them, Solar, Wind, Geothermal,
Pellets Seen As Fossil-Fuel Replacements
By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Fossil fuels – gasoline, fuel oil, propane and natural gas – that power Otsego County today were like an unexpected inheritance, allowing the Industrial Revolution and the world as we know it.
But 200 years later, Hartwick College Economics Professor Karl Seeley told 70-80 attendees at the Concerned Citizens of Oneonta forum this evening at Elm Park United Methodist Church, you discover the hidden costs of the bequest are bankrupting.
“It makes you rich enough to destroy your home,” Seeley said. “But not rich enough to build a new one.”
The dynamics of the evening, moderated by Hartwick Professor Kate O’Donnell, followed an outline another panelist, Dan Buttermann, brought back from Al Gore’s “Climate Reality Project” forum last year in Los Angeles: “Must we do it? Can we do it? Will we do it?”