Few things are more disappointing than to read a writer's references only to find out the data doesn't check out, but that is exactly what happened when I checked the references in Pete Kuntz's March 7 letter. The Yale study he referred to did find 81 percent of the people surveyed approved of some of the Green New Deal's objectives, but the survey question did not even mention the Green New Deal. In fact, in the same survey, 82 percent had heard nothing about the Green New Deal! So how could it have "overwhelming support" if people didn't even know what it was?
Mr. Kuntz claims that "solar and wind energy now costs less than any fossil fuel." Again, his references disagree. They say it could in the near future, but not yet and that does not include government subsidies for solar and wind.
Fossil fuel supplies 85 percent of the electricity worldwide with 10 percent supplied by renewable energy (renewable-energy.com). Of the 10 percent, 50 percent is from nuclear and 50 percent from hydroelectric, solar and wind, so only a bit comes from solar and wind. Getting that up to 100 percent by 2030 is not going to happen by any stretch of the imagination, even if we pour billions of dollars into it.
Mr. Kuntz does get one thing right when he says the new green deal will "tax fossil fuel corporations out of existence." That would be an economic disaster.
If Mr. Kuntz wants to live in a cabin in the woods in Colorado, fine. Just don't take the rest of us with you.
Corvallis (March 10)