Environment & Energy | May 31, 1979
Letter to Los Angeles Times
This is the
first letter I ever wrote to the Times...
The faraway sun is a giant, safe nuclear reactor.
For years and years its fires have given off energy as
light. This warming light has heated the air of the earth to make the
winds that have turned our windmills and pushed shipfulls of our
ancestors to this country, evaporated the waters of the seas to make the
clouds that have poured life-giving rain into the rivers we have damned
for electricity, hit the eyes in our heads to make the sights that we
have been fortunate enough to see, and driven the photosynthesis of
green plants to make the fuel in fossils and the food that we and our
animals have eaten.
Most of the sunlight that has reached the earth, though,
has not been put to work for people. This has been the greatest waste of
a natural resource that people have ever seen.
Let's face up to the facts and put to good use the
sunlight that we have been most generously given.
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