September 20, 2018
Room 2243 Rayburn HOB
Washington, D.C. 20515
Dear Mr. Gohmert,
I hope you are having a good day. My name is Priya Pai, and I am a senior at Henderson High School. I am writing to you regarding an issue I have been passionate about for the last few years: renewable energy. I would like to discuss this issue with you. After research on this topic, I have come to realize that Texas should make a bigger effort in exploring the benefits of solar energy. The state should take advantage of the vast amount of sunlight it receives and move into the future with renewable energy. By doing this, Texas would take the opportunity to explore an energy source dating back to the beginning of time.
I am aware that you do not agree with me and that you do not support or see the value in investing in renewable energy; however, the Climate Reality Project has found that Texas is ranked tenth in the list of states with the highest amount of unharnessed solar energy. Texas has the capacity to transform the sun’s energy into 534 megawatts. That would be enough to power almost 60,000 homes. To put it these statistics into more relative terms, your entire hometown of Pittsburgh, Texas (population approximately 300,000) could completely function on purely solar energy, assuming about 5 people live in each house.
Although you have a minimal interest in solar power, I can imagine that as a U.S. Representative, you are always looking for ways to create a better economy; therefore, I am pleased to inform you that investing in solar energy will create a wide variety of jobs. Manufacturing materials, designing, putting together and installing panels, and regular maintenance, are all services that will be required if solar energy becomes commonplace. These would all be skilled jobs, meaning that workers will need to be trained to complete them, which in turn creates even more jobs. Also, since solar power is renewable, these jobs will continue to grow in number, rather than shrink as the population increases.
In addition, with electricity prices on the rise, a significant chunk of homeowners’ paychecks goes toward the electric bill. Especially during the summer heat in Texas, the air conditioner is usually running full blast to keep the house at a comfortable temperature. In lieu of an exorbitant electricity bill during summer, homeowners could be pleasantly surprised at the amount of money saved because of increased hours of sun. Consequently, homeowners will have more discretionary money, which will boost the Texas economy.
I feel that investing in solar energy as a viable power source is critical. With your support, I feel that the Lone Star State could be the “North Star” of renewable energy. It would be quite appreciated if you would consider my request. Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.