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3 Conservative-Friendly Reasons to Support Solar

3 Conservative-Friendly Reasons to Support Solar

Written by Laura Michelle Burns

Climate change is our responsibility whether our ticket is red or blue. We are all responsible for children’s health, regardless of our political persuasions. However, conservative news networks have come out against solar energy in the US.

The issue of climate change has certainly amplified the line between the parties. As a conservative, I am realizing more and more that I’m going against the grain by choosing to support renewable energy as a means to rid our country of fossil fuels. I want to utilize an energy source that doesn’t pollute and harm our children.

Solar energy has the potential to revolutionize how we power the US! Here’s how you can educate friends and family who may not support solar energy:

3 Reasons Conservatives Should Support Solar

1. Solar energy will aid in the reduction of air pollution – Because solar power doesn’t rely on fossil fuels, there won’t be toxic emissions spewing into our air. Solar energy converts the sun’s radiation. Therefore, it is only taking what we already have available to us and harnessing its power in a clean, efficient manner. The solar panels themselves produce no pollution; and although the initial investment can be costly, considering that Americans spend approximately $10 billion on the direct cost of asthma care on an annual basis, the benefits out weigh the initial financial output.

2. Solar energy offers the hope of self-reliance – Obviously, our current reliance on oil and coal requires cooperation from other countries and when we are at odds with those countries, our costs rise exponentially and there are security risks. If Germany is about to use solar energy for 48% of it’s electricity needs, we certainly can! The amount of sun that the US sees on a per foot basis compared to Germany is far more and yet in 2011, the US only used renewable resources to account for 12.7% of our electricity generation.

3. There IS a market for solar energy and it creates a stable job climate for Americans – Let’s face it, our economy is not booming. However, a study by a non-partisan group found, green economies are adding jobs at a “torrid pace.” Stable employment is highly beneficial for reducing financial stresses in families. Understandably, it’s hard for people to accept something new in the market. But solar is renewable!

Regardless of your political affiliations, the health of our children would benefit from solar energy. The political parties know fossil fuels are laden with toxins that damage not only our health but the health of our unborn children. I’m a conservative and a scientist, and I cannot allow myself to sit by and dismiss solar energy as a source of energy-efficient power. First and foremost, I am a mother who knows what’s best for my babies — CLEAN ENERGY.

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5:51AM PDT on Mar 26, 2013

thanks for sharing

8:53PM PST on Mar 4, 2013

great article,thanks!!!

6:44PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

I would have.............

6:43PM PST on Mar 3, 2013

I would solar panels installed on my house in a New York minute, if it didn't cost 30,000 dollars to do so.

4:47PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

thanks

9:34AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Robert P. Climate change is caused by the sun, volcanoes spewing massive amounts of pollutants into the air, etc. Only a negligible amount of air pollution is caused by humans. Does that mean it is OK? NO! - especially since it is concentrated in urban areas where people live. However, human activity affects the air very little over time.

look at China. Every major citiy is choking in pollution from automobiles and dirty coal plants.. Mercury and other toxic pollution from coal plants travel from China to the USA and the world. The USA has it's own pollution from automobile exaust and coal plants that it creats..

5:55AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

thank you

1:59AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Unfortunately, I don't see ultra-conservatives being swayed in the slightest by any of these 3 arguments. They don't care about air pollution, they don't want self-reliance, and they aren't interested in creating jobs.

Robert P, are you referring to the United States when you say those affected by pollution can sue? If so, you're mistaken. The polluters make sure they only impact the poor, who cannot fight back against the offender's high-powered lawyers.

12:53AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Climate change is caused by the sun, volcanoes spewing massive amounts of pollutants into the air, etc. Only a negligible amount of air pollution is caused by humans. Does that mean it is OK? NO! - especially since it is concentrated in urban areas where people live. However, human activity affects the air very little over time.
Land based pollution is a different story, especially in totalitarian countries where there is no acountability and the government has complete control with no recourse by the citizens ... er, subjects. In relatively free countries, those affected by pollution from others can sue those others for damages. If the monetary awards are enough, the polluters either stop or are put out of business.

8:48PM PST on Feb 28, 2013

thanks

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