Let’s not be wasteful consumers | Letter

It is appropriate for the city to make the most efficient use of our energy resources. Being green energy consumers may help us feel like good stewards, but keep in mind that our national electrical grid can’t function on wind and solar systems alone as there is no way to store their energy output.

We need power generation systems such as hydro, coal and nuclear to provide continuous reserve power when wind and solar systems are not producing.

Kirkland having green energy means that another city or state is bearing the burden of maintaining “non-green” energy generating systems that benefit us.

Also keep in mind that most of the manufactured goods we consume come from natural resources (oil, minerals, wood) and require energy to produce things we can use. Let’s not be wasteful consumers.

Roger Ewald,