Monday Dec 12 Town Hall – “Shepherdstown Solar on the Agenda”

The Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) is meeting next Monday,
December 12 at 7 pm (Town Hall) to address this issue.  Prior HLC
meetings made it clear that Commissioners understand the importance of
solar energy, and want to support it, but need public input on how
this should be done.  This is where you come in. Public input is necessary.

Like it or hate it, let’s face it: the Tea Party and Occupy Wall
Street have changed the national debate.  Why?  In part because both
have tapped into a deep understanding that our political system is
broken, perhaps incapable of reaching decisions that are in the best
interest of the people and the planet.

Witness the Solyndra hearings in Congress last month.

It was hard to miss the irony as Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) and
colleagues attacked Secretary of Energy Steven Chu for investing in
solar technology.  They argued loudly that the government had no
business supporting the energy industry…well…with the exception of
coal, nukes, and oil, that is.  Some industries apparently need
continued subsidies, according to the Orwellian logic of national
politics.

It’s this kind of stuff that fuels the Occupy movement.  But it goes
further than that: it demonstrates that we can’t wait for legislative
solutions to our problems, and we must take personal action where we
can.  And fortunately, for addressing our energy crisis, there’s a
silver lining: we already have the tools in our hands.

But before Shepherdstown can make any meaningful progress towards
energy independence, we’ll need to revise the historic district
guidelines to promote solar development while maximizing historic
preservation.  Here’s how:

The Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) is meeting next Monday,
December 12 at 7 pm (Town Hall) to address this issue.  Prior HLC
meetings made it clear that Commissioners understand the importance of
solar energy, and want to support it, but need public input on how
this should be done.  This is where you come in.

For more information, contact Than Hitt <thanhitt1@gmail.com>.

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