FRIDAY 20 MARCH, 2009 |
Robert Redford And Solar Power
Many of us know Robert Redford as the actor and maybe we've heard whispers about
some "good stuff" he does around the place. He is also an avid
environmentalist and is a trustee of the Natural
Resources Defense Council
Not many would know that he was and is a huge supporter of solar
- dating back some 30 years.
In an article on the Huffington
, Mr. Redford reminisces on the 70's when Americans were very
enthusiastic about solar power and the generation of pollution-free energy.
Robert Redford and fellow solar supporters even created "Sun Day," the
solar power equivalent of Earth Day with events held in multiple states.
In 1975 Mr. Redford also produced a short film called "The Solar Film"
- in it, the people interviewed quoted the very same reasons for solar uptake as we do today - the environment, economic considerations, energy independence
America led the way in solar power development in the 70's and even the White
House had a solar array installed. However, In 1980, the Reagan administration
removed the array; which was then installed at Unity College in Unity, Main -
and it's still working today! America then set it sights on the exploitation of
fossil fuels and most of us followed.
Mr Redford feels that he was too early in his efforts to promote solar power,
but that now is the time and the nation is getting a second chance to become a
major player. He is urging Americans to call on their representatives to support
them towards a future built on a clean and affordable energy economy and has
likened the effort to the crisis and opportunity he witnessed as a child growing
up during World War II.
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