Moab’s energizing energy resolution...
Feb 23, 2017 | 751 views | 0 0 comments | 56 56 recommendations | email to a friend | print
There’s something particularly energizing about Moab’s resolution to move to 100 percent renewables: its six quantitative goals. For instance, as a town we’re now committed to 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2032.

We’re all familiar with personal quantitative goals we’ve set for ourselves, for instance to lose a certain amount of pounds, or run three times a week. Sometimes we reach those goals and often we do not. But here’s what is special about a public entity like a town committing to quantitative goals: there is a diverse support system.

We have citizens who will keep reminding the city council of these goals and who will help with the planning to reach them. There are people motivated to form companies or find jobs within the renewables sector. There are other towns showing us how they’re moving to 100 percent renewables.

For instance, two days before Christmas last year, a small town in northern France, Tourouvre-au-Perche, paved a 0.6-mile stretch of its roads with solar panels. This area of France gets 44 days of good sunshine a year, and Moab gets to learn from one small French town about whether this ends up being cost-effective.

What might Moab think up? We’re on a great adventure now!

—Mary O’Brien

Castle Valley

Copyright 2013 The Times-Independent. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

report abuse...

Express yourself:

We're glad to give readers a forum to express their points of view on issues important to this community. That forum is the “Letters to the Editor.” Letters to the editor may be submitted directly to The Times-Independent through this link and will be published in the print edition of the newspaper. All letters must be the original work of the letter writer – form letters will not be accepted. All letters must include the actual first and last name of the letter writer, the writer’s address, city and state and telephone number. Anonymous letters will not be accepted.

Letters may not exceed 400 words in length, must be regarding issues of general interest to the community, and may not include personal attacks, offensive language, ethnic or racial slurs, or attacks on personal or religious beliefs. Letters should focus on a single issue. Letters that proselytize or focus on theological debates will not be published. During political campaigns, The Times-Independent will not publish letters supporting or opposing any local candidate. Thank you letters are generally not accepted for publication unless the letter has a public purpose. Thank you letters dealing with private matters that compliment or complain about a business or individual will not be published. Nor will letters listing the names of individuals and/or businesses that supported a cause or event. Thank you letters about good Samaritan acts will be considered at the discretion of the newspaper.