Support Rooftop Solar Energy
If we are to avoid the worst impacts of global warming, we must rapidly transition away from all forms of fossil fuels. While Congress debates whether a proposed 20-percent renewable electric standard is too high, what we really need is a 100-percent renewable electric standard. It's an ambitious target, but with existing technology we can likely meet it -- we have to.
Unfortunately, some of the best sources of clean, renewable energy -- such as solar and wind -- can be extremely land-intensive, and when poorly sited can have unacceptable impacts on wildlife and habitat. While directing industrial-scale projects to already disturbed and fragmented lands can go a long way toward blunting their negative impacts, there is one place (really millions of places) where solar panels can be deployed with absolutely no negative impacts on wildlife and wild spaces: our rooftops.
Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont has introduced legislation that would greatly aid in the expansion of rooftop solar energy in the United States. His "10 Million Solar Roofs and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Water Heating Act of 2010" would help fund the installation of solar panels on 10 million American homes and businesses as well as the installation of 200,000 solar water heaters. This would produce about 30,000 new megawatts -- the equivalent of about 30 nuclear power plants -- and help put us on the path toward a truly green energy economy.
Please take a minute and contact your senators and encourage them to join as cosponsors of the "10 Million Solar Roofs 5 and 10 Million Gallons of Solar Water Heating Act of 2010" to help our country move toward green energy.