When future civilizations look back at us, they’ll likely ask two questions: where was the 49ers defense during week 2, and why did it take people so long to switch to solar energy? With lower water levels reducing hydropower and environmental restrictions among our coastal power plants, we already have a state that is looking for better answers. The solution could be glaring right down at us.
It seems too good to be true. The average homeowner could commit to living greener, and within a few days could forever lower their carbon footprint - and their utility bill - at no net cost. The answer to the “future question” is actually pretty straightforward. No one owns the sun (and can thus profit from it) and we haven’t figured out how to weaponize sunshine yet; otherwise, we would have figured out solar energy ages ago. So what’s keeping people from making the switch?