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Published: Saturday, March 13 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

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Don't tell the legislators. They might arrest these "conspirators."

Sustainability?

"Most of the definitions have the common thread of being concerned about future generations, not just our own,"

I can't help but wonder why advocates of sustainability are never concerned about the unsustainability of passing on the costs of sustainability to future generations.

@Sustainability?

What costs? Sure, cleaner energy and greener, high-performance buildings cost more up front, but look at the long term benefits and cost savings! Wind, solar, and geothermal costs are lock-in over the life of the projects, similar to hydro-power... hydro was once the most expensive energy source, but for many utilities, it is the least expensive in their portfolios as gas and coal prices have increased.

The use of coal may appear cheap, but it spews mercury, carbon dioxide, and other pollutants that others pay, usually future generations. The mercury problem in Utah is largely attributed to the coal-fired power plants and old gold and silver mines from genrations ago. And yet, WE are paying the price for those pollutants today with restrictions on fishing and bird hunting.

And nuclear is the least sustainable... we're still paying for the waste management of nuclear fuel rods used by our grandparents' generation. And the waste we create today will be paid for by our many future generations to come.

If you believe wind power or the use of a super energy efficient building will "cost" more for your children, you're sadly mistaken.

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