Well before the Industrial Revolution, renewable energy was the norm, including woodlot management and millpond development. When fossil fuels and nuclear power hit the scene, cost was the controlling factor in driving those non-renewable energy sources forward.
We now understand that our global concept of cost was ill-informed. Since the Industrial Revolution we have been invoiced for the real cost of non-renewable fossil-based energy. That invoice is climate change — we just did not understand the fine print.
As a local and global society, we need leaders willing to legislate policies to pay off that debt, with a strong commitment toward non-carbon based energy sources. The choices have been evident for some time — the leadership has not. That has to change.
Amanda J. Bath