My cousin’s dream home in Colorado's Black Forest burned down this week. The horrific images of a raging inferno 50 miles to the south suddenly fills me with personal sorrow for these relatives’ profound loss. Memories of her young daughters frolicking in the forest flash before me, and then the unimaginable thought of her having five minutes to gather the dogs and abandon decades of memories and possessions.
Then I started to get angry as well.
While solar has the deepest support of any energy source in the new national Hart Research poll, a big traditional barrier has been its perceived cost. That’s why work underway in Colorado and across the nation to bring down costs is so important.
Posted by Rebecca Cantwell
Climate change is here and now, not out in the future sometime, study after study is reporting. Numerous danger signs are getting more dangerous more quickly than many scientific models predicted. Rather than continuing to pretend that there is any science left to debate, the time for action is overdue. And the beauty of our situation is we that we have proven solutions that can provide jobs and energy security to our communities today and the promise of long-term prosperity tomorrow.
Imagine if we included in the price of fossil fuels the cost of the tragic loss of life in coal-mining disasters, the cost of spewing pollution into our shared atmosphere, the cost of losing water forever when it is injected underground in fracking operations, the cost of cleaning up toxic underground petroleum spills, and the prolonged efforts it will take to rid the Gulf Coast of the legacy of BP’s epic catastrophe.
With such costs attached to fossil fuels, suddenly wind and solar power, which generally use no water and emit no pollution, seem abundant, free and not at all expensive by comparison.