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Renewable Energy Is Way Too Expensive, Right? | Global Weirding with Katharine Hayhoe

Atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe explains how renewable energy is affordable and why fossil fuels are not a moral necessity for poor people.

As a scientist and climate action advocate, Hayhoe has many accomplishments and honors under her belt. So it is interesting to note, considering how entrenched in climate denial Conservative America is, that Hayhoe hails from that very realm — both as a Texan and evangelical Christian. While Progressives may like to argue, let’s affirm that honest, intelligent Conservatives have never been the problem.

Healthy debate is good for the country. (Legalized bribery is not.) All “parties” agree? Let’s take climate action together.

Conservatives and Progressives: Taking Climate Action Together



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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends–with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. usfman

    I ‘m looking around Paris right now and see many examples of renewable energy.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Very cool!

      I didn’t realize you’re in Paris already, USF. You learned the language that quickly?!?

      Have the most wonderful time. 🙂

  2. renxkyoko

    We had a solar battery installed…. only for the water heater….. and it cost us $6,000.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      That certainly sounds expensive to me! I hope the cost is off-set by years of saving. Please do tell me that is so….

      • renxkyoko

        My parents pay by installment, $ 103 a month, that’s how they can suck you in…. make it affordable to pay, by installment.

        We now see to it that we wash the dishes ( with hot water , of course ) when there’s sunlight, take a bath , etc. But it doesn’t help keep the cost down in winter, for obvious reason.

        * sigh * I don’t really know if the cost is off-set by saving. I’m sure we save a little, especially during the summer months.
        Actually, what made the installation expensive was the water tank itself. The water tank is especially made for solar powered battery, so we had to junk the old one and buy their own water tank.

      • JoAnn Chateau

        Transition stages can be expensive. Power companies should allow solar customers to sell any extra solar power they generate back to the grid.

  3. Rosaliene Bacchus

    Interesting and informative, JoAnn. Coming from West Texas? Change is a-coming.

  4. Ken Dowell

    For the fossil fuel advocates in the White House helping poor people is the last thing on their mind.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Ha! That must be right, Ken. I guess they try hard to look respectable — in order to get those votes from nice Church people.


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