There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why... I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?
–Robert F. Kennedy
What would Robert Kennedy have thought about my vision of a world powered by 100% clean renewable energy? Having been born in the spring of 1968, I have always had a connection to Robert F. Kennedy, who was tragically gunned down on June 6th, 1968, before his life’s work was complete.
I am proud I have always been a person who does not ask why, but instead asks why not. Why not have more solar power was my first mantra when I started out in renewable energy industry in 2008. At that time, third party ownership for small systems did not exist — then in 2013 I asked why not allow neighbors, schools, and businesses to share the energy from a renewable facility. Ultimately, third party ownership has become the norm and I am excited about my legacy of renewable why nots. Today we are asking, why not have a world 100% powered by renewable energy?
I envision a new grid, one that’s cleaner, stronger, and powered by solar and wind coupled with smart energy storage systems that can dispatch and manage energy for utilities, customers, regulators, and policy makers. Similar to third party ownership in solar, this is currently “not a thing” — and I hope that we can change that in a few short years.
Robert F. Kennedy has been lionized in death, but in life he was often considered ruthless, tough, and a fighter for his beliefs. He also had a genuine gentle touch and heart for those left behind by the rapidly changing world of the 1960’s. He fought for all citizens irrespective of their race or socioeconomic status.
What are my beliefs? I imagine a world with hundreds and thousands of clean, local energy jobs — bringing benefits in economics, health, food quality, and safety to everyone. A lot of naysayers are too short sighted to see the possibilities, and they miss the reality of this transformation to 100% renewables. It is happening, it is a good thing, and it will save our planet, driving the greatest economic innovation our nation and the world has ever seen. Folks from all walks of life and all political parties should support clean energy because it is good for our economy, jobs, global security, and the long-term life of our planet.
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To learn more about Robert Kennedy's work, please visit the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.
–J.W. Postal, Founder & CEO