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Unreasonable government mandates could drive up costs and hurt us all

The first two sentences of an article published last week in the Chicago Tribune say it all:

“Consumers could see their electricity bills jump an estimated 40 to 60 percent in the next few years. The reason: Pending environmental regulations will make coal-fired generating plants, which produce about half the nation's electricity, more expensive to operate.”

We’ve got to work together to keep electricity affordable

Without electricity, you wouldn’t be reading this blog. Your computer or your mobile device, the Internet, and a broadband connection all wouldn’t be possible without electricity.

Yet electricity so much a part of our lives that – like the air we breathe -- we don’t even notice it’s everywhere.  And, like oxygen, we may only realize how much we need it when we don’t have enough.

Fighting poverty with electricity

In conversation about fighting global poverty, energy rarely comes up as part of the problem or the solution. The fact is, however, that half the world’s population has no access to modern energy, and 1.5 billion people (22 percent of the global population) do not have any electricity. Lack of access to electricity deprives impoverished people of the ability to meet their basic human needs, such as access to fresh foods, lighting, and heating / cooling at home.

When energy becomes power, we can achieve great things

Think of all the things that the discovery of fire meant for the caveman:

  • No more early bedtimes just because the sun went down!
  • No more raw meat!
  • No more cold caves in the wintertime!

But seriously, from the discovery of fire to the invention of the light bulb, turning energy into power has produced great things for the human race. In the last century and a half in particular, we have been able to harness energy in new and innovative ways.

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