LETTER: We should switch away from coal to solar power – Charleston Gazette-Mail
There never have been any polar bears in West Virginia that I know of, but if we here in West Virginia don’t stop burning fossil fuels causing the very real climate change crisis, scientists are predicting that there won’t be any polar bears anywhere.
And that’s not the only species threatened. We humans are threatened — we and our children, and theirs as yet unborn.
And we are the species causing the demise.
The solution shines on earth every day. It’s free! But we are currently only using less than 2% of the sunlight that shines on earth to generate electricity. Scientists tell us that the sun delivers in two days all the energy that we need for a year.
The solution is obvious. Stop burning fossil fuels ASAP and retrain all the coal miners to be solar energy installation technicians.
They’d live much longer and be much healthier.
Think of all the jobs that would be required to install solar panels on every south-facing roof in West Virginia.
Coal burning is a 19th-century idea. Even England, (as I have noted before), that opened the first coal-fired power plant in the 1880s, has now shut down all its coal plants. Coal’s day is over. It’s the 21st century. And capturing all the sunlight as free energy is a 21st-century idea and a real possibility.