William Koch targeted for changing 
his support for renewable energy

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I somewhat understand Mr. Koch’s attitude.

I helped with the development of the Oxbow Geothermal power field in Dixie Valley NV in the late 1980’s when he was interested in “green” energy projects. It was a small but successful venture which he eventually sold off.

Colorado has been estimated as the 4th largest potential geothermal electric power generating state. However, almost every attempt to really develop geothermal power in Colorado is usually met with rabid environmentalist opposition. I don’t blame Mr. Koch for having a sour attitude when he has to face excessive legal / environmentalist headaches even when it comes to a source of “green” energy.

Todd Miskel, don’t you ever get tired of repeating the industry lines? Can you name three large buildings in Grand Junction that are heated/cooled with geothermal power? I can.

Ms. Konola…

Obviously you can’t tell the difference between “Direct” geothermal usage and Geothermal Electric Power Generation.

Maybe you dislike it because it involves the “Demon” drilling rigs you hate to access the energy. These projects create good paying jobs and stimulate local economies.

I don’t know why Colorado is so afraid of geothermal electric power when the “green” haven of California has extensively developed their geothermal electric power resources at places such as “The Geysers”, China lake NAWC / Coso hot springs, (both of which I have had a part in developing) as well as the state of Nevada which has extensive geothermal electric power development.

Colorado should follow suit in taking advantage of our larger geothermal resources.

I’m glad that you addressed me directly because it gives me the opportunity to actually have a discussion with you.
First I am not opposed to drilling so long as it is done responsibly and safely. In fact once upon a time in another life I made multi-million dollar loans to the oil and gas industry. Most environmentalists recognize that we need fuel to power our economy. We are not against geothermal projects, you just assume we are without discussing it with us. We would like to tip the balance away from fossil fuels because the emissions are damaging our planet and contributing to climate change. Maybe if you stopped assuming what we know and actually talked to us, we could find some common ground and work together instead of always butting heads.

Ms. Konola,

I don’t mind having a level headed discussion regarding energy development. It just irks me sometimes that the liberal media just bashes the energy industry and gives no credit for what they are doing. I started in the industry in 1979 and have been away for about 3 years. Believe me, huge strides have been made in environmental stewardship by the energy companies compared to when I started. They deserve some credit.

It seems to me that the liberal media promulgates fear based emotional thinking for the energy under-educated, and cries for more and more regulation will only drive the price up for the average consumer. Companies pass on additional expenses to the consumer, and families have to struggle harder in our already inflation-rampant society. Necessary changes are fine, but it seems to me many environmentalist groups have more concern for their politics and less for the true life issues.

One final comment…

Why is it that within just a few weeks after some new fossil fuel based energy project is announced, the very next headline usually is environmental groups have filed a LAWSUIT against it? I never hear where they have tried every other alternative first, including sitting down and talking with the energy companies themselves. It seems they don’t want to compromise or discuss either…they just head straight to the high cost lawyers and courtroom.

Recently I read in the GJ Sentinel that the average taxpayer is paying for environmentalist lawsuits thru the Equal Access to justice Act? This needs to STOP!

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