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Letter: We should use state land to produce clean energy

We should use state land to produce clean energy

I recently heard again about the oil states’ problems with falling gas prices and how it may affect the energy-free status of their citizens. They pay very low prices for gas and have been basically living off the wealth of the land. For many decades they had been used to a tax-free state, but that is now going to change.

Wouldn’t it be nice to get some tax relief in New York State? No one would be against that. How about doing something that would spur business, loosen money for the infrastructure and help with huge environmental problems down the line. No objections?

Something can be done and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has started by lending support to the solar industry in Western New York. But why stop there? Think of all of the state land, parks and university property that can support a huge amount of energy collection facilities in this state. Energy collectors built on the land, on buildings and over parking areas. Look at Google satellite of the SUNY campuses and see how much land and how many building roofs could be bent to collect energy instead of using air conditioning to get rid of the heat.

Western New York has benefited greatly in the last 10 years as senators and the governor have paid more attention to the region. I remember many former state leaders who never set foot out of the New York City area while other cities in the state languished with indifference. But now, with global warming being a behemoth problem for the world, we have a chance to slow its progress.

Using state lands for solar energy, better conservation and more tax incentives for energy conservation would be a huge and monumental step in reducing state energy costs. This would encourage more industrial growth. Lower energy costs would bring more jobs, increase revenue and free monies to grow mass transit, decrease pollution, fortify education and be an overall incentive for better living and health.

Ben Perrone