Skip to comments.Northampton (MA) energy forum generates ideas
Posted on 08/24/2013 11:44:07 AM PDT by matt04
Dont get rid of that clothesline. It could be the wave of the future, as envisioned by a roomful of people who turned out Wednesday at the Senior Center for the citys first Community Energy Forum.
Some 90 people showed up for the forum, according to Northamptons Energy and Sustainability officer Chris Mason. They threw out ideas about conserving energy and going green that ranged from cutting down on gasoline use to reducing greenhouse gases to using the citys landfill for solar energy.
It was a smashing success, said Mason.
City Councilor Jesse Adams, who was in attendance, said the gathering broke into small working groups that talked about where Northampton would like to be 25 years from now, energy-wise. One common, theme, he said, was educating the public about trends.
A lot of people dont really know where to go about engaging in sustainable practices, Adams said.
Among other topics of discussion including increasing renewable energy, decreasing gasoline use and encouraging the use of clotheslines to save energy. A working group that was named at the forum will try to make those suggestions into more concrete proposals, Mason said.
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For those unfamiliar with Massachusetts,Northampton....is populated by lots of “women in comfortable shoes”,as Robin Williams once said.”Marxist” doesn’t even *begin* to do the town justice.
I love crisp line dried sheets. Especially those blown dry in 15 minutes of Maui trade winds.
How about these dumb bastards hold a forum on developing more reliable energy sources. That does not include “green” energy.
I love my cloths line.Move to the cellar at bad winter times
PS My electric bill does too
IIRC, it is also the home to the MA ACLU branch.
Ironic, since Northampton is the town that Calvin Coolidge spent much of his life in and which launched his political career. (I'm reading a biography of Coolidge right now, so the name of the town caught my eye.)
I spent 30 years in the power business and it was finally this crap that drove me out. Utilities used to do the planning...that's why energy rates went down for about 70 continuous years and system reliability always improved.
I can imagine what a system designed by a citizen's committee would look like.
Mr. Mason is correct...if you define "success" as bringing together a bunch of pony-tailed, balding, grey, paunchy superannuated hippies with the collective engineering IQ of a turnip.
I have a clothesline, and love the smell of clothes dried outdoors-but this is rural Texas, not Massachusetts-the weather is warm enough to dry outdoors year round, and there are no snooty neighbors to complain about other people’s laundry...
That was tried a few times in Sa, and Austin-I was told by some who attended that it was a total fuster cluck.
What you are seeing here is socialism in action.
The Delphi technique applied to control group
movement. Any conservative thought was sqeezed out
from the moment it was voiced.
The soviets did it with farming, now these sobs are
using “energy” as an excuse to manipulate the masses.
That the town even has such an "officer" tells us all we need to know. Is he elected or an appointed Gauleiter?
[Heh, in a cranky mood, tonight. Couldn't resist invoking Godwin's Law.]
I can’t imagine a system designed by a Citizen’s committee either. In a rational world the committee would consider ways of easing regulations, encouraging utilities to expand and encoouraging mineral exploration and development to better fuel power plants.