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Opinion: We should harness power of sun as climate changes
06062018 CLIMATE CHANGE EARTH

Today, on perhaps the coldest day of the year, I baked two whole sweet potatoes outside from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.! It was 28 Fahrenheit at 5:30 in the last 20 minutes of sunshine in what should have been the hottest part of the day.

In spite of the freezing cold, the GoSunGrill was placed in the sun that came out about 3 from behind the clouds and rather quickly reached boiling hot to cook the potatoes in two hours. The potatoes were medium sized, about like a softball if formed into a ball. They were cut to fit inside the tube tray to conform to the glass tube with shiny polished aluminum “wings” on the top and bottom to focus more sunshine on the tube.

I made a short 1-minute video when I collected everything up to show in the last part of daylight the steam rushing out when the tube is opened as well as a fork to see how soft the potatoes were. I can send anyone that video who writes me back. I am happy to demonstrate that in person as well on sunny frigid days. It really doesn’t matter the ambient outdoor temperature, as long as there is good sunshine.

This shows how much energy from the fiery ball in the sky 90,000,000 miles away is much more valuable than simply allowing us to travel around for half the day with no artificial light! 

Every plant already knows this and is how they all grow so big and powerful over decades. It is time we humans took this lesson and applied it across the land to power our lives for electricity and heat! 

There is no need to burn any more fossil fuels to power our lives. We have all the technology at our finger tips, we just have to install it.

One critical ingredient to this future is the Citizens Climate Lobby’s Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend, hopefully soon to be the law of the land.

Andrew Lane

Dahlonega

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