California shines in clean energy
The Bee's editorial on June 5,
"California leads way in efforts to cut reliance on fossil fuels," was
well written. It recognizes that California leads the country toward a
cleaner, healthier future. Seth Tilley's letter June 11 entitled "It's
smart business" is also dead on. I sense a seismic shift of attitudes in
the Fresno area.
The San Joaquin Valley produces the most solar
power per capita in the entire country. The benefits of this are
incredible: reductions in climate-changing CO2, cleaner air, cleaner
water, an overall healthier environment and hugely increased energy
security. Not to mention high-paying jobs.
The exciting thing is
we are in the infancy of this revolution in renewable energy here in
Fresno and in the United States. The economic benefits are staggering.
I'm less a fan of cap-and-trade markets, and a big fan of the much
simpler, business friendly revenue-neutral carbon tax. I invite readers
of The Bee to get excited about this and join other voices, such as the
folks at the Fresno Citizens' Climate Lobby, to push harder toward a
clean, healthy and prosperous future.