Global warming is a subject I normally roll my eyes at.
Even working for a company whose goal is to provide access to clean energy didn’t really shake me out of my opinion on climate change. Is there such thing as global warming? Of course. But I wasn’t too keen on politicians who fly around in their jets, live in their 4 mansions, and live a life of luxury 100 times better than mine, tell me I need to reduce my carbon footprint.
I bought a hybrid car not because I want to save the environment, but because it saves me on gas and I don’t need to fill up that much. It was pure laziness. I would totally buy a Tesla if I could–not because its an electric car but because it is a really fine car.
I’ll be the first to admit I’m a skeptic on global warming–at least what the politicians and the media tells me. Even the scientists that warn of climate change–who are they and who is paying them? I don’t like the threats Al Gore put forth about penalizing me for my carbon footprint when mine is a fraction of his. He wanted to make money of our use of power. That was ridiculous. That whole polar bear thing is bogus, too. The polar bear population is growing.
However, I do believe we can help our planet. We can do our part to be kind to the earth. It could be using our own grocery bags instead of plastic bags or putting solar on our homes. Each little bit can help. I don’t believe in punishing people for using energy. I just think we need to change their thinking. I’ve changed mine.
I do believe Elon Musk wants to save the world. He started SolarCity with that goal. He also started Tesla with that vision. People complain and complain about the utilities raising rates and being corrupt yet when I ask them if they have gone solar, they smirk and say they don’t need it. Why not? If you actually took a minute to listen and research, you would find going solar doesn’t cost much (nothing) and it reduces your monthly electric bills. Even more so, it reduces that carbon footprint Al Gore wants you to lessen. You’re using cleaner energy and while we still use the grid, it is putting more energy on the grid the utilities can use and sell back to people who aren’t solar (that is called net metering).
The nations all met in Paris last week to discuss how we can reduce the impact of global warming. They agreed not to increase the temp more than two degrees over the next 100 years or so. That’s fine and dandy, but will all the nations do their part? China came to the table only if it was still considered an underdeveloped country (this means the financial impact of what they need to do will lessen). Prior to this, the US wouldn’t even consider the Kyoto agreement because China wouldn’t take part. China and India are the two countries with the biggest impact on the environment. What they put into the air affects the globe. If China isn’t going to participate, its not worth it for the US to do their part. So I look at this agreement as something that will have to come together with a lot of hard work from each nation.China and India will have to do more than their share even if they receive assistance from developed nations.
Did you know that for every gigawatt SolarCity puts on homes, we put free panels on a school in a poor country–a school with no access to electricity. This allows students to have access to light and continue to learn when the sun goes down.
If you own a home, think about switching to solar. Even you don’t agree with the global warming opinions, its still going to help you financially and allow you to not be slave to utilities like PG&E. It gives you choice in an area we never had a choice.
If it turns out you lower your carbon footprint, that’s cool, too.