April 30th, 2001 “Vice” President Dick Cheney wants 1300 new electric power plants by 2020…

In an April 30 [2001] speech [in Toronto, which 13 years earlier had hosted the “Changing Atmosphere” conference], Cheney said that the U.S. needs to build at least 1,300 electric power plants (averaging 300 megawatts) between now and 2020, “more than one new plant per week.” Cheney downplayed the potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy sources – suggesting that conservation is just “a sign of personal virtue” and that relying on renewables would threaten “our way of life.” [Emphasis added]


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