There has been a bit of debate lately about the use of solar power as a primary source of energy for an entire nation, while the proponents of the continuation of coal use pound the desk in favor of their chosen source it seems that society is slowly starting to turn in another direction. I’m on the side of moving to the solar option over the current ideal because it helps the environment and could very well end one of the crushing grips we feel on our throats each month from the power company. I’ve always felt that we should be leaving behind a better world for our children and this is just one step in making sure that happens.
What should be seen as a debate over energy and environment has been turned into a political battle, if you’re even an inch on the conservative side of the aisle you typically lean against energy exploration while those of us who favor these expansions are typically given the label of “liberal.” While I don’t shy away from that label for the most part politically, I don’t really believe this is something that should be argued based on party lines, the environment doesn’t care if you’re Republican or Democrat, once it goes it’ll only care that you’re here not if you’re conservative or liberal.
While we’ve been focusing on finding ways to slowly get off fossil fuels in the United States other countries have been taking a more active role in this field, while we’ve just funded a program known as Solar Roadways in the hopes of a renewable energy source, we’re still miles behind other countries. Germany has taken a bit of a lead in this field now with the news coming out that around fifty percent of their energy as a country is coming from solar power, while they’re a smaller country than the United States this should be something that makes all Americans question why we’re so far behind in this exploration.
Renewable energy is the future and with people like Elon Musk looking into solar power it’s slowly becoming a bit of an inevitable outcome, it’s just a matter of time until oil and coal take a bit of a backseat but there’s no firm timetable for this change to occur. The sooner we get to the renewable energy sources as a primary option the better off we’ll be as a country and planet, we just need to get motivated enough to make this big difference. My generation has sat back for too long, with the intellectual awakening of the youth lately, maybe we can get this done sooner than later.