Letter to the editor: We must transition to renewable energy

One hundred years ago, when we converted vehicles from horse and buggies to internal combustion engines, workers, business owners and local governments understood the benefits. We adopted the internal combustion engine vehicle in part as an environmental response to the disastrous use of too many horses: Manure was piling up causing problems with odor, flies, typhoid fever, and sludge when it rained. Gasoline was originally a useless waste byproduct of making kerosene for lamps. As Henry Ford said, “what they wanted was less horses***.” It was a little more complicated than that, but you get the general point.

Today, we know we must transition away from climate devastating fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy. We can meet this new challenge if we stay focused on the benefits:

  • Wind and solar are the fastest growing and cheapest new energy that we have.
  • Cheaper locally produced energy means more money stays in the local economy.
  • Lots of great paying jobs – according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2 of the top 3 fastest growing jobs are wind turbine service technician (median pay $56,230 per year) and solar photovoltaic installer (median pay $46,470 per year).
  • Wind and solar energy minimize dirty greenhouse gas and particulate emissions – What Henry Ford would have referred to as horseshit
  • Helps preserve the air and water.
  • More baby strollers on main street because millennials and Gen Zs are choosing communities where energy is sustainable.

PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) is the most popular ways for businesses and institutions to finance energy efficiency and renewable projects. Homeowners can start with a phone call to their electric company to reap the rewards.

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Doing things the old way threatens our kids’ future. We need everyone, everywhere, to transition as quickly as possible to renewable energy so that our kids can breathe clean air and drink water that is pure, in communities that are safe and resilient.

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