[Keene Sentinel] Keene has long been a leader in responding to the threats of climate change. Now, to reduce greenhouse gasses, the City Council has set a goal that, by 2050, all energy used in Keene come from solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal or hydropower sources. This excludes all fossil fuels.

Meeting this goal is feasible. The renewable energy resources are available, the technology is proven, and the economics are aligning. The advantages are huge.

We eliminate marine oil-spill disasters, natural gas explosions that take out neighborhoods and choking vehicle exhaust. In return we get new jobs, improved public health, cleaner environment, energy independence, and lower energy costs.

New Hampshire has tremendous renewable energy potential. If we put solar panels on a little more than 1 percent of Cheshire County, we could generate all the energy the county would need. Wind power in the Gulf of Maine could easily generate the electricity for all of New England.

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