Prepare for the future

We are now living in the 21st century and it is a new age in which climate change could become the largest economic threat to taxpayers.

However, solutions to slowing down climate change will become a huge source of jobs and income.

Statistics indicate that in the U.S., the solar industry employs more workers than any other energy industry, including coal, oil and natural gas combined, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s second annual energy and employment report.

The U.S. solar workforce increased by 25 per cent in 2016.

Wind energy had a growth rate of 32 per cent in 2016. China is way ahead of any country in producing solar and wind power and Germany is also a big producer of solar and wind energy.

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance report has statistics showing that solar is becoming the cheapest form of generating electricity in the world.

There are many types of other renewable energy sources that will create many jobs and help our new economy. Individuals will also benefit from lower transportation costs.

You can drive from Vernon to Calgary return for about $16 with a pure electric car.

Maintenance costs are almost zero with an electric car.

Health care costs will be less as well because air quality will improve with people switching from fossil fuel burning to electric vehicles.

We need to learn about what is needed for out future and not copy the mistakes we made last century, which we are paying for now with very expensive weather disasters.

Terry Dyck

Vernon