Anyone who doubts that Connecticut is taking a lead in â€śgreenâ€ť energy has only to read reporter Brian Johnsonâ€™s description in Wednesdayâ€™s newspaper of a visit to Crowley Ford in Plainville by U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty.
Credit the car dealer with jumping with both feet into the energy revolution. Owner Ken Crowley offers free charging stations at his Plainville dealership to anyone who drives up with an electric car. And the power to spark those cars comes from the 36,000 square feet of solar panels on his roof. At home, he practices energy efficiency with a geothermal system.
As for Esty, she and U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy have introduced the Green Bank Act to Congress with the goal of â€ścreating American jobs, fighting climate change and incentivizing large-scale private investment in clean energy projectsâ€ť nationwide.
And, thanks to people like Crowley, they can say that such an effort isnâ€™t just a sensible response to climate change.
â€śMy investments are already paying for themselves,â€ť he told her.
At a time when President Donald Trump has chosen not to be a part of the Paris Climate Agreement, these private efforts are important - globally. According to Esty, China is putting 10 times as much money into research and development of green energy as is the United States.
Americans have always prided ourselves as being the global innovators. And, going all the way back to Thomas Edison, inventors have done it through private efforts, like Crowleyâ€™s. Thereâ€™s a lot more riding on these new â€śgreenâ€ť technologies than on that original light bulb but innovators like Crowley and advocates like Esty come armed with 21st century knowledge. As a result, theyâ€™re assuring that America will continue to lead the way.