I made several trips overseas last year. In Turkey, we went on an excursion from our cruise ship to Ephesus to see where Jesus mother Mary went with John towards the end of her life. We also saw where Paul preached while he was in that ancient city. On the bus ride to Ephesus on a super highway just like the Interstate highways we have in the U.S., all the farm houses and apartment buildings we passed had solar panels and solar water heaters on their roofs. Later in the year I went out to Polynesia and saw the same thing. In fact, when I looked at the yellow pages in the phone book for plumbers and water heaters, all I saw were ads for solar water heaters. When I came back to the states it really hit me – in these supposedly third world or emerging nations they were well along the way to using everyday modern alternative energy technology. I couldn't find hardly any sign of solar panels or solar water heaters installed in homes or building anywhere in the D.C. area. I'm afraid we're falling way behind many other countries. Plumbers and roofers across this country should already be trained and busy installing alternative solar and wind energy systems in our homes. What's going on? We shouldn't have to wait for politicians or multi-national corporations. Let's get moving into the future. This is vital to our national economy and our security.
What are your thoughts? Do you know of any neighborhoods or towns that have clearly moved ahead aggressively and installed alternative energy systems in large numbers of homes and businesses? Where plumbers, roofers, and home builders have been retrained and adjusted to this era. Tell us about it.