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Salem's Lack of Solar Power

I urge leaders in Salem to stand up for our health and environment and make Oregon a leader on solar power.

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(SALEM) - As a recent arrival from California, I always thought of Oregon as an environmental leader. And in so many ways it already is. But when it comes to solar power, we’re far behind.

In fact, right now we get less than 1% of our energy from the sun.

Luckily, this spring our state legislators have the opportunity to put us in front on this issue.

By passing strong solar policies, leaders in Salem can repower our state with pollution-free energy from the sun that never runs out and is only going to get cheaper.

I urge leaders in Salem to stand up for our health and environment and make Oregon a leader on solar power.

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Anonymous March 28, 2013 9:57 pm (Pacific time)

Not that I know anything about Oregans day to day weather as I've never been there, but if that's the case wouldn't you be saving much more money if there weren't those planes flying around so much? Then you'd be able to get more sunlight and save more money, and not only that, but the city,(or whoevers incharge of theplanes) would be able to spend their money elsewhere. Just so you could feel more selfassured about the panel buying. A resource like the sun is an amazing one and we need to utilize it properly instead of wasting/ fearing it.

D. Gifford March 25, 2013 10:46 am (Pacific time)

I have solar panels.. The problem is, the amount of light Oregon gets, it costs much more than other places that have more sun.. And, something else I noticed. Even on totally clear days, these planes fly over and spray out something. Some call it contrails, come call it chemtrails. I choose the latter, but it doesnt matter. When these planes go overhead all day, I lose 30-40% of the solar energy. I woke one morning, did an electrical test when the sky was clear blue, (I am an electrical engineer) then later that morning when the planes start going overhead, (and I have dozens of pictures and videos), I lose 30%..Call them chemtrails, call them contrails, not here to argue that point, I am just saying, you should look in the sky some clear day, you will be amazed, these planes turn a perfect sky into a hazy sky. These trails last for hours and expand across the entire sky. Look for yourself, or type in google you will see plenty of pictures. I had to add to my solar array just because of that "stuff" that comes out of planes. Sometimes I wonder if it was worth all I spent on these panels. ALtho, I do think solar energy is the best resource we have at this time, that is why I use it.

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