I want to warn you up front here that I am putting on my “green” hat now. I don’t mention the fact that I am green often on this blog but it is yet another thing that I have at least a degree of passion for. I try to do my part in energy conservation. One part of that is to daily follow my wife around the house and turn off the lights she constantly leaves on. 🙂 But another more serious part is preaching to anyone who will listen about our dependence on fossil fuels and how it is hurting the earth.
The sun is the source of all life on earth and it will be the source of all energy in the future. In reality it is actually the source for all our oil, gas, and coal since that is nothing more than decayed matter from eons ago. Even the harshest critics are now coming to realize that we are harming the earth by burning more and more fossil fuel. When will we reach the tipping point? Why do we burn fossil fuels when we can go directly to the source for future energy?
Clean energies will certainly be the energy of future generations. There is no doubt about that. When it happens is the only question. Will we wait until our CO2 levels are at dangerous points before making the switch? Yes, it will be expensive to replace the infrastructure that currently exists around oil but if we consider the alternative even that cost would be considered minimal.
Instead of building McMansions we should be putting solar panels on every rooftop. We could easily get all our residential energy needs from them. Solar farms and Hydro could fill in the gaps. As I mentioned recently we should all thank Henry Ford for our once thriving middle class and putting a car in every garage. But, now it is time to retire the one hundred year old technology of the gasoline engine and replace it with something more suitable for the twenty-first century and beyond.
We have all seen the movies about how dismal the earth will be in the future. There are movies like Soylent Green, Mad Max (my favorite), and many others. Will we wait until those kind of conditions happen before doing something? I hope not….