WildEarth Guardians’ week of clean energy action in New Mexico peaked with the delivery of a singing solar telegram to Governor Susana Martinez and was capped not only by a great night with Bill McKibben in Santa Fe, but news the next day that the Obama Administration was thankfully delaying a decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Even some in Congress are starting to question why this country is continuing to pay for the full economic costs fossil fuels, in particular coal. It’s no wonder, the latest study in the American Economic Review found that the economic damage of coal-fired power plants outweighed the benefits by up to 5.6 times.
In other words, we pay $5.60 for every $1.00 in benefits that coal may provide. That’s nothing short of insane. It’s like paying someone to paint your house while they tear it down.
Or in New Mexico, it’s like paying PNM for electricity while they destroy our air and water.
In the meantime, enjoy our singing solar telegram video (check out the lyrics on our website) and stay tuned for more clean energy action.