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I agree that conserving energy use is the best option. For the electricity that is produced, I suggest considering the environmental damage that is being done currently and weigh that against the possible environmental impacts from wave or other renewable energy sources. Some people may think that much of the electricity in the Northwest comes from hydropower, but in the central Willamette Valley around 70% of electricity comes from coal fired power plants, many located in Wyoming and Utah. When you consider the lifecycle impacts of coal, from the mining to the uncapturable mercury released into to the air, I think anything we can be doing to close down coal fired power plants should be a priority. It is important to be skeptical of the profit-making motives of the wave power industry. Also remember the coal barons and those interests who want to keep that coal production going.
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