Friday, October 30, 2009
Subsidize Solar Energy
I'd like to encourage you to get our government to support subsidizing solar panels. This technology has been around for over 30 years. With solar energy, communities are able to generate their own electricity thus decreasing the need for coal plants, and the high voltage transmission lines that are known to cause cancer and other health issues. With the oil running out (estimated between 2020 and 2050) we are forced to find a way to affordably generate power, for all citizens - not just those who can afford it. Residential rate increases are to the tune of over 22.5% this year (2009) in the piedmont region of Duke Energy's territory and we just don't need this type of power production any longer, so why are we forced to pay it? Our states (notably North Carolina) are the ones who are backing these types of "revenue builders." I see nothing in revenue that comes from the people's pocket as a necessity bill. Think of the economic stimulus package if we, each and every one of us, would put our electric bill money back into the free market circulation, and not some stock holders pocket. The subsidy will pay for itself within the first year. This is our paradigm shift. This is how we will survive the coming decades of continued atmospheric carbon overload while we change our technologies and the way we do business. Let's make a choice for climate survival. Let's make a choice to subsidize solar, for all of us.