Letter: Sajjad Haider, Arlington

Editor: My daughter turns one this week and like any other parent I am concerned about her future and the world she will grow up in. When i consider the fact that 91 percent of Virginians live in a county that has been hit with a federally declared weather-related disaster in the past five years and I add to it the havoc caused by the floods in West Virginia earlier this summer, and the impact climate change has had on millions of people worldwide, my concern develops into stress and anxiety about the environment we have created for all the people her age.

Governor McAuliffe realises the role renewable energy plays in reducing pollution and carbon emissions, thereby helping reduce climate change and its impacts on society. He has played an instrumental role in highlighting the need to switch to renewable energy, and has taken active steps to switch towards solar and wind energy in the state. He recently signed Executive Order 57, which established a commission to identify exact targets for reducing carbon emissions in Virginia. This is a milestone towards a 100% clean, renewable energy Virginia, but there is a long way to go.

Some counties have emphasised and pushed for a 100 percent switch to renewable energy in their localities. We as Virginians need to come together and encourage our state representatives to reduce the carbon emissions across the entire state. Our state legislators need to work with the Governor to enact a strong Clean Power plan that makes the Virginia environment greener and healthier for the generations to come.

Sajjad Haider, Arlington

3 thoughts on “Letter: Sajjad Haider, Arlington

  • 2016-08-12 at 3:52 pm

    What happens when the sun doesn’t shine, or the wind doesn’t blow?

  • 2016-08-13 at 5:04 pm

    Very well written letter. Thank you for taking the time to write.

    As to the previous comment, we have a power grid. So if the wind isn’t blowing in one place, it likely is somewhere else. There is also energy storage with thermal, batteries, pumped hydro. Dominion also operates nuclear reactors as well. Finally we can keep a few combine cycle nat gas facilities as a last resort backup if needed, but we won’t need even that if we do a serious build out of renewables.

    Solar and wind are now cheaper than fossil fuel power plants, and storage costs are falling rapidly.

  • 2016-08-15 at 12:45 pm

    Riddle me this “Darth.” Are you adding in taxpayer subsidies to this “cheaper than fossil fuels” scenario you created? Please explain these “batteries” you refer to. Are there enough to keep, say, Loudoun County supplied with essential electricity for heating our homes for a few days? How about the entire Commonwealth? The Eastern seaboard? Where are these batteries located?

    Taxpayers have been subsidizing solar “projects” for 40 years and continue to do so. Winds farms are taxpayer subsidized at the expense of the middle class to enrich the 1 percent. Electricity consumption is skyrocketing. When precisely, will wind and solar be able to stand by themselves, without taxpayer subsidies, and provide the reliability we have come to expect when we flip on the switch in our homes and business?

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