Mead Gruver. Wyoming proposal would require utilities to use fossil fuels, fine for renewable. Salon, January 25, 2017, http://www.salon.com/2017/01/25/wyoming-proposal-would-require-utilities-to-use-fossil-fuels/
Wyoming is the nation's top coal-mining state, but favoring coal may not be such a good policy. A group of Wyoming lawmakers is bucking the U.S. trend of stricter renewable energy requirements with a plan to do the opposite: Fine utilities if they provide energy produced by wind or the sun....I'm afraid Rep. David Miller has a very narrow view of coal's costs, a view that conveniently ignores the health and environmental impact of coal.
“I want the electricity at my house generated by coal, because that’s the cheapest way to go,” said Rep. David Miller, a Republican, of the fossil-fuel requirement he’s co-sponsoring with eight others.
The full spectrum of coal's externalities are not captured in its market price. What are particularly missing in market-based valuations of coal are the biological effects on human development.
I wonder if Rep. Miller has children because those children could be harmed by the mercury and radioactive contamination produced in vast abundance by coal.
Coal is very, very dirty:
US Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-163-97 October, 1997Read about the biological effects of mercury exposure from coal on children here:
Radioactive Elements in Coal and Fly Ash: Abundance, Forms, and Environmental Significance https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1997/fs163-97/FS-163-97.html
Fact Sheet FS-163-97 (https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/1997/fs163-97/FS-163-97.pdf).
Bose-O’Reilly, S., McCarty, K. M., Steckling, N., & Lettmeier, B. (2010). Mercury Exposure and Children’s Health. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, 40(8), 186–215. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cppeds.2010.07.002https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3096006/The conservatives and neoliberal market zealots say they value free markets, but in reality are unwilling to account fully for externalities that shift hazards and liabilities to individual citizens, thereby fundamentally distorting market pricing.