Opinion

Let power flow at the pass

By PAUL BIXBY

In the May 28 Whidbey News-Times, I enjoyed the quiet and insightful humor of your column on “English only policy.” Humor is a writer’s playground where one may bend reality with great abandon, and where might strive to design improbable scenarios that tickle the risibility! In also read your editorial, “Park’s no place for power.” Ouch! You forgot to close the humor valve!

Nor did you turn on the reality valve! One must all the flow, into one’s writing, of keen observation and reason. One must explore solutions for the complex problems which foretell the possible demise of life on earth! The scientific community seems still to allow that, if managed with avid diligence and caring, nature might still allow the sustainability of our species on this planet. They seem to be saying, “Yes, we can solve this problem of sustainability. Energy management is only one element, but it is an important one, and there is no time to waste!

Energy, Mr. Editor, its availability and its prolific application to the works of humankind, has been the hallmark of all productive societies. In modern times, the threat of its unavailability is enough to cause nations to scurry to their battle stations. Haven’t you noticed?

It’s there. We’re looking at it. Nature has endowed us with more energy than we need in the form of solar, wind, geothermal and moving water, all of it readily available with the science we already understand. What ‘s missing is the groundswell of enthusiasm that newspapers can generate. People must thrill to the sight of wind generators on the waters surrounding Cape Cod, and in the foothills of Eastern Washington. Let them thrill to visit the neat powerful reverse-fin water turbines at Deception Pass as these wonder-filled machines make our island energy self-sufficient. And they do it without pollution!

Our people need your contribution, Mr. Editor, to the grand scheme of energy independence. This project contributes to the solution of many related national problems, including our debt to foreign lenders, national security, employment for highly skilled workers, assault on our environment and most especially the waters of Puget Sound. It is a win, win, win, win project!

Wrong location? It’s exactly the right location! Visitors to Deception Pass will be inspired to clamor for sustainability solutions when they visit this monument to the ingenuity of humankind! Mr. Editor, we need you. We need you with a whole lot of doable “can do!”

Paul Bixby lives on West Beach Road, Oak Harbor.

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