None of us can afford to sit back as climate change poses threat to all life

Mainers should push for the state to revisit solar and the U.S. to return to the Paris accord

Our president recently told Californians that their ongoing lethal infernos happened because they didn’t take care of their forests, when the majority of the state’s forestland is under federal control. They should have raked the leaves off 19 million acres of federally owned forest floor? And removed all the standing and fallen dead trees, dry twigs and branches from living trees and the nutritious duff in various stages of decomposition into topsoil? A real bargain at any price!

Then-Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s predictable veto of the genius of home solar net-metering legislation disrespected both science and the majority vote of the Legislature. Mainers who can’t afford solar would have benefited in the long run because unlimited harvesting of solar power would make it more difficult for fossil fuel monopolies to re-establish total market control.

Saying that solar power benefits only the well-to-do ignores that there are likely hundreds of well-paying, skilled jobs in solar installation. It’s like saying that mortgage deductions are unfair, when we have known for years that everyone benefits from that stimulus to the economy and to long-term community values, or that medical research, highway safety and vaccines aren’t good for all Americans in the long run.

I believe that the only ultimate solution to the world’s accelerating energy, starvation, disease and climate refugee crises is solar power. Energy technology entrepreneur Bill Nussey estimates that 10,000 square miles of solar panels in the California desert could power the whole United States. Every other form of energy is barely even a stopgap measure. Coal and oil will soon run out. Wind, wave and all other forms of water power will easily be termed out, because of ever-more-limited economically affordable siting opportunities.

On a favorably oriented roof, solar can pay for itself before most Mainers’ mortgages expire. Title should go with the house when sold, increasing its value. Soon solar panels will not be on the roof – they will be the roof.

Nuclear may have to be used as a temporizing measure, but Chernobyl continues to leak radiation and will have to be contained for tens of thousands of years. Treated water at Fukushima is still radioactive.

Among the most respected men in the world is Pope Francis, who crossed our land four years ago. He has stated that, beyond any doubt, global warming is real and is caused by human activity, and that every nation must do everything possible to save this beautiful planet.

So many of God’s grandest creatures are being wiped out by mankind, in what scientists are calling “the sixth great extinction.” Dominion does not mean domination and destruction. It means taking responsibility for the Creation.

“I don’t believe it,” our president said, referring to a U.S. government report warning that God’s civilization on God’s beautiful blue green planet will teeter on the brink of oblivion by the end of this century if mankind doesn’t do something huge starting right now – and maybe even if we do.

We must all get involved. Now!

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