AWED Announces New Website: WiseEnergy.org
AWED, the Alliance for Wise Energy Decisions, has officially announced its new website, intended to serve as a scientific resource to help citizens, scientists, elected representatives, etc. in making more informed energy and environmental decisions. The purpose the site is to sort through the avalanch of articles, studies and reports on energy matters, select a representative cross-section of informative material, and then organize it in an understandable manner. In constructing the new site, volunteers previewed over 5000 studies, reports, and papers, collecting and organizing just the most useful material. The new site, WiseEnergy.org, replaces WindPowerFacts.info.
A primary objective of this material is to put some balance into what citizens hear about energy and environmental matters from the mainstream media, and most of our academic systems. A major AWED resource is its network of over 600 PhDs, from a wide variety of fields, who are committed to real Science. From the site, here is the AWED mission statement:
AWED believes that our government should only support and implement energy and environmental policies that are technically, economically, and environmentally sound — in short, those that have had a proper scientific assessment.
AWED is an informal, non-partisan, non-profit coalition of North American individuals, organizations, communities, and businesses who are primarily concerned about the future of the electrical energy sector. They firmly oppose an “All of the Above” energy policy, contending that “All” would include expensive, unreliable, and environmentally destructive options. Instead AWED endorses an “All of the Sensible” approach for achieving an effective, economically and environmentally beneficial energy policy.
AWED members actively support the following premises:
- The planet is experiencing a series of natural and man-made economic and environmental challenges that necessitate the intelligent (i.e. scientifically sound) cooperation of global citizens to manage, mitigate and adjust to these;
- Inexpensive, reliable and plentiful electricity is the cornerstone of a strong economy — as this is one of the best economic and job stimulators at our disposal;
- In supplying the electricity needed for economic prosperity, a good effort should be made to minimize environmental impact, so as not to undermine our quality of life;
- All commercial scale electricity sources have detrimental side effects, so a judicious energy policy would consist of supporting the sources that provide us the most proven NET benefits;
- Alternative electricity source should be encouraged, but there must be scientific proof that they at least meet the reliability, dispatchability and cost of existing conventional sources before being allowed onto the public electrical grid system;
- Such scientific assessments should be comprehensive, objective, transparent and use empirical data;
- A comprehensive evaluation of an alternative electricity power source will be an independent analyses of its technical, economic, and environmental impacts;
- When evaluating economic considerations, the affect on businesses, taxpayers, utility ratepayers and any ancillary payers should be of paramount importance;
- Delivered electricity efficiency is unacceptably low, primarily due to regulatory restrictions. In light of current environmental and economic conditions, these regulations should be updated and minimized;
- Working together (organizations, businesses, the government, etc.) on improving the electrical energy sector will result in not only strong economic growth, but a healthier and more satisfactory lifestyle for citizens.
We here at The Resilient Earth support AWED's rational, scientific approach to solving the world's energy problems in an environmentally responsible way. Visit their site and support them any way you can.