Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., claimed, "there is no endgame" for a West Virginia facing "energy policy poverty" thanks to anticipated carbon-restricting regulation.
That's the future - in King Coal's eye.
Most of McKinley's top contributors were coal companies.
Were McKinley to view the days ahead with a more comprehensive constituency in view, he might be more hopeful.
Germany runs entirely on renewable power on windy and sunny days, according to German Chancellor Merkel.
For cloudy, windless days Stanford University's "zinc-air" battery may handily beat the dollar per kilowatt price of back-up fossil fuel plants and transmission lines.
"Green" industries grow faster than the overall economy and spawn more jobs, including more manufacturing jobs, than conventional industries according to the' Economic Policy Center, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There's a steep cost for doing nothing. Recent flooding of the great cities of Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Dresden is the most recent installment in a disaster series authored by our greenhouse gas-enriched atmosphere.