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  • Vihaan Reddy

Climate Change

Updated: Mar 6, 2021

This is a letter I wrote to California's governor, Gavin Newsom

As you know, non-renewable sources are at the heart of this problem. The solution to that problem is green energy. So, I am asking you to encourage big corporations to switch to green energy (in particular solar). Of course, 100% solar energy would be insane right now, so I just want you to encourage big companies for 15-25% solar energy. Or you could make policies on the topic. The reasons to do this are they don’t produce any carbon emissions, they help the environment and us, and they will completely eliminate all electricity costs over the long run.

One reason we should use solar energy is it doesn’t produce any carbon emissions. Although some might argue that the process that is used to produce solar panels itself produces a lot of carbon emissions, I say that the solar panel will erase that carbon footprint with the amount of time it functions (which is really long). So, even though the process of making a solar panel produces a lot of carbon emissions, the solar panel will completely erase all those carbon emissions with all its time in service.

Another reason we should use solar energy is it helps the environment and us. Coal, oil, and gas are all non-renewable. That means that if we run out of them, humanity has no energy source. But, green energy, which includes wind and solar energy, is renewable. In addition, solar energy does not harm the environment in any way. So, we will never run out of solar energy. According to the website clean-energy-ideas, “The sun will support life on earth for as long as it shines. We can, therefore, consider it a renewable and sustainable energy source.”

The last reason we should use solar energy is it will completely eliminate all electricity costs if the solar energy is used to its full potential. You might say that a solar panel might cost a lot, but in reality, that’s not true. Just think about it: would you want to pay a fee of $100 every month for the rest of your life or a few thousand dollars just once? I think you’d rather choose the few thousand dollars just once, and that would be the right answer because let’s say you spend $1,000 every year on electricity bills. If you started paying electricity bills from 20 and lived till 70, you’d have to pay $50,000, and that is huge, especially compared to just a few thousand dollars you’d have to pay for a solar panel. In addition, you don’t even need to maintain it that often. But when you do, it doesn’t cost a single penny.

So, all in all, we should use green energy because it completely eliminates any carbon emissions, it helps the environment (not to mention us), and it is cheap. So, the solar energy option would be the right choice because you can SAVE money while helping humanity and Earth as a whole. This is why I would like you to encourage or make policies for big corporations to switch to solar energy. Also, it wouldn’t be reasonable for them to switch to 100% solar, so I just want you to encourage them to go for 15-25% solar energy.

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