Re: "More details on solar investments" (Letters, June 15)
Regarding recent solar letters, I would add these thoughts.
• I believe a good function of government is to encourage society in positive directions when market forces are unable to do so. A good example is climate change and development of alternative energy sources.
• If we as a nation do not develop solar energy alternatives, we hand over an entire industry to China, whose government actively cultivates key technologies of the future.
• The government subsidies to wind and solar development are modest compared to the corporate welfare enjoyed by our large corporations, particularly the fossil fuel industry.
• Every rooftop with solar panels increases the odds that utilities will not have to build another climate destroying coal power plant. Utility customers — all of us — pay for these plants. Customers will pay either way, so why not invest in the future, rather than a dying past?
• There is no such thing as clean coal.