Being a fan of air and water, I like them both to be clean. In fact, I just like the sound of the phrase clean energy. How can anyone be opposed to that idea? Energy is a part of our everyday life, but so many people have a rather nonchalant attitude about energy in general. We’re all accustomed to flipping a switch and having the luxury of electricity at our fingertips. Many don’t care where the power comes from, as long as it’s available. For others, like myself, who have the opinion that clean energy is good energy, it’s puzzling that others don’t embrace the idea.
It’s been around for a while now, with solar and wind generation gaining in popularity and coming down in price. All we need to do is get the word out in a convincing and natural way. Mother Nature has provided us with the basic materials needed the sun, wind and water — available in all types of climates. There’s no such thing as a solar cleanup or a wind pipeline spill or leak. How can people not be advocates? It seems natural that if we can produce energy that doesn’t pollute, we should embrace it.
This area has already been a big player in the energy business. Several generations ago, we were covered in woods that were used as the primary source for heating. Then came coal, which we had a huge amount of, perhaps hundreds of small family mines, and many larger mines employing thousands. That worked well for a long time and other than black lung disease, cave-ins, and the total loss and destruction of land and mountaintops, choking the skies with pollution and water with toxins, it worked great. Plus storage was dirty, cumbersome and often inconvenient, but it was deemed cheaper and plentiful.
Then came oil, and did we welcome it with open arms. In fact, many people don’t realize what a major influence it has been to our economy. We at one time had three refineries and the industry provided thousands of jobs for a long time.
Now we have a viable, workable, cost-efficient alternative that of course being clean energy will also provide thousands of good-paying jobs (wind turbines, solar panels, all the auxiliary parts and services that go with buildup and maintenance).
We’ve already made some transitions. The next logical step would be to push forward with a mass expansion of clean energy programs. There’s a Clean Jobs Bill in Illinois right now that will help us move forward; it’s House Bill 2607 and Senate Bill 1485. More jobs, more opportunity, and a way forward to a healthier and happier energy plan.