The Independent Senator from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, speaks his mind in today’s Burlington Free Press on why he feels the US needs a “Solar Revolution”, and why he’s sponsored the “Ten Million Solar Roofs Act” .
“Thomas Edison, one of history’s greatest inventors, said, “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
He was right then, in 1931, and he remains right today. The American people agree. Today, 92 percent of all Americans want our country to develop solar energy resources, and 77 percent believe the federal government should make solar power development a national priority.
That is why I was joined by 10 of my colleagues in introducing the Ten Million Solar Roofs Act. The bill is all of nine pages and is pretty straightforward. It calls for 10 million new solar rooftop systems and 200,000 new solar water heating systems during the next 10 years.
When fully implemented, this legislation would lead to 30,000 megawatts of new photovoltaic energy, tripling our total current U.S. solar energy capacity. It will increase by almost 20 times our current energy output from photovoltaic panels. The legislation rapidly will increase production of solar panels, driving down the price of photovoltaic systems. It also would mean the creation of more than a million new jobs. The passage of this bill would reorient dramatically our energy priorities and would be a major step forward toward a clean-energy future for the United States.”