Thursday, March 15, 2012

Solar Panels

Dear Mr. President,

My name is Alice Hawkens. I am a student at Parkway West Middle School, and I am writing you today to share my thoughts about sustainable energy, solar energy in particular.

                I have always been interested in the environment, and when I learned about fossil fuels, I was shocked with what I learned. I thought that everybody should take care of the environment, and the prospect of burning coal and petroleum was, as I learned, the cruel reality of life. Since I learned about fossil fuel usage, I also gained knowledge about solar power.

I find it amazing how the sun gives us light, heat, and of course, electricity. I knew that there were forms of energy that did not require burning things, but I was disappointed by the fact that in the past few years, only 8% of our total energy consumption is from a renewable energy source. Of that 8%, only 1% is solar energy. If the sun is able to give us energy without releasing CO2, then why don't we take advantage of its gift? But then, I realized that there was a problem,  so I set to find the solution.

                Solar energy is the solution to fossil fuel depletion, but how to get people to use them? First, someone would have to inform people, of course. But most people already know. The problem is that no one wants to be the "trend-setter", for fear of what others think. This would be especially common in large cities, where you live close to neighbors who would see what you do. This problem is why I ask you to consider installing solar panels in the white house. If the White House got solar panels, then everybody would look admirably at the idea of green energy and at least think about getting solar panels. They definitely wouldn't criticize the idea. Also, because it is the White House, such a large addition would be in newspapers and such, which would help the news spread.

Thank you for spending your time to help govern this nation wisely and effectively. It must be time-consuming and hard work.


Alice Hawkens

Parkway West Middle School

St Louis, MO



Mrs. Elsie F. Rafferty

MOSAICS Specialist

Parkway West Middle School


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