The Elusive Promise of Solar Energy

P1080179In a letter published in our local paper, an author argues against solar energy largely based on financial reasons having to do with our current economic reality. He may be right if all we look at is the current economic reality. But therein lies the crux of the problem. We need to change those realities.
In the late 1970’s I had the opportunity to have a discussion with a highly skilled heating/cooling engineer who traveled worldwide designing systems for large construction projects. Even at that time the reality existed, as he so succinctly put it: “We would have solar energy now if the energy companies could figure out how to get us to pay them for sunshine.” Our economic reality, which affects so many of our other realities, is horribly out of balance and skewed to maintaining the status quo. That is a problematic situation with profound implications.
Somehow the human species has taken a wrong turn. A turn that is leading us into suffering and catastrophe; real, present catastrophes with more coming on line. That turn was when we allowed avarice, the pursuit of personal wealth, to take such a commanding precedence over developments, changes within technology and social policies which are demonstrably and unquestionably in the best interests of the health, well-being and ultimately the survival of our species as a whole. Whether we look at the problems we’re facing in education, health care costs, energy, unemployment, the environment, housing, food quality, in all those areas and more, the problems we’re facing aren’t unavoidable natural phenomenon which have fallen upon us from the heavens. They are of human origin and can be corrected with human effort.

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