Apparently, when his current season of “30 Rock” ends, Alec Baldwin is interested in running for office, perhaps to become the mayor of New York City. His thoughts about energy technology and energy policy are thus gaining a new level of importance.
During a September 2, 2011 interview posted on Huffington Post, Alec Baldwin claimed that it is a “big lie” that nuclear power plants produce clean power. He said that even in a world with no terrorists, no bad weather, and reactors on dry ground, that nuclear reactors are “filthy, contaminating processes.” When asked for his thoughts on the alternatives to nuclear, specifically with regard to oil, he said the following:
In fairness to the oil industry, it’s something that is a bunch of very, very smart, very shrewd, very necessary industrialists who did their part and did what was asked of them to get us to where we are now. Now it’s time for them to step aside in terms of their primary role. I mean, oil will continue to maintain… The idea is to burn less. The idea is to burn significantly less. I mean 25 – 30% less in the coming 15 or 20 years so we can get where we do not have to go fight a war and kill a bunch of innocent people.
The interviewer then asked Baldwin what other technologies are available if we are going to get rid of nuclear and reduce oil. She wanted to know what will we use for “consistent power” since wind and solar are not consistent. Here is Baldwin’s response.
I disagree that they are inconsistent. That is the argument that people say all the time. They are like you are going to build all this wind power… Only in America is it inconsistent. You go all over the world and there are people who are getting plenty of energy in places that are sited properly, that are specifically sited for that activity. I mean how can you say to me that you wouldn’t be able to reap massive amounts of solar energy from Death Valley. You know, I mean you could put a solar array that covers thirty square miles in the southwest United States that would power one quarter of the whole country.
I hope that everyone will recognize the stupidity of that statement. Does Baldwin really believe that the sun only sets in the United States or that the wind blows more consistently outside of our borders? Does he think that even a child would believe that the sun stays up all the time in Death Valley?
Here is the video. Watch and listen. Share it with your friends and family. Shout from the mountain tops that electing someone who lives in that kind of fantasy land to a public office higher than dog catcher in a county with more than one resident dog would be a huge mistake.
Disclosure: I have never watched a single episode of “30 Rock.” I have, however, watched “Hunt for Red October” several times.