Return of water misinformation by Forrest H. Williams in the VDT

Seen today on the WACE facebook page is an image of an op-ed in the VDT, and alongside it I include here Michael Noll’s initial comments, plus a few links.

There is good reason why Stephen Hawkins once said “the greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.” When entities like Fox News can claim that “solar won’t work in America because it’s not as sunny as Germany”, we shouldn’t be surprised by the results of such “educational” efforts. The fact is that we have a number of clean and renewable forms of energy (e.g. wind, solar, geothermal) that already work. Just go to Spain, Germany, Denmark, Iceland, or simply stay in the US and visit places like from New Jersey and New York to California and Arizona. Combine these pieces of a larger energy puzzle with meaningful initiatives of energy conservation and energy efficiency, and we find a way out of our current predicament (i.e. continuing dependence on finite and dirty sources of energy), while saving money (see solar vs. nuclear), preserving our natural resources (e.g. water, forests), and providing clean, healthy and safe environments to live in (e.g. wind and solar do not produce radioactive waste, pollute our air and groundwater).

The guest columnist appearing above is the same individual who thought

that the Crystal River nuclear power plant was still operating, when in fact this financial nightmare had been idle since 2009, and now has been shut down permanently as announced by Duke Energy on February 5, 2013.

-Michael Noll

The series of previous op-eds in the VDT:

6 January 2013:
Putting conservation into conservatives —John S. Quarterman
13 January 2013:
The water is not lost. —Forrest H. Williams
18 January 2013:
Solar: Pieces of a Puzzle —Dr. Michael G. Noll

Today’s returning source of misinformation apparently hasn’t seen “Burning Our Rivers,” by River Network.