|Solar fields on eastern edge of Bend|
Solar energy is now 50 percent cheaper than coal, the former gold standard of cheap energy.
Also, the solar industry employs more workers than coal, wind or nuclear energy combined.
Across the globe, from Australia to India to Germany, solar is causing headaches for the entrenched fossil fuel industries.
With China leading the solar revolution, the Trump administration is doubling down on coal and offshore drilling, even though more Republicans back renewable energy than coal.
With Tesla Powerwall batteries, which are designed to store solar energy and are coming soon to Home Depot, this country isn't counting on Trump to lead anyone anywhere.
Even in Central Oregon, solar fields have proliferated in the last couple of years.
It's about time.
This region brags about all the sunshine it gets, in comparison to western Oregon, but, until now has done little to capitalize on this solar energy revolution.
Central Oregon cities should join California in mandating that new homes be solar energy self-sufficient.
In fact, the whole state should flex its progressive street cred and mandate it by 2025.
Not only is it good for the planet, it's good for the pocketbook.
Also, the less reliant we are on natural gas or oil, the less likely we are to fund fracking-induced earthquakes in Oklahoma, or terrorism from the Middle East or election meddling from Russia.