Letter to the Editor in the Star Tribune, by WAMM Member Roger Cuthbertson
Freeways should be looked to as a resource Our interstate freeway system provides us with a ready-made solution to the problem of providing the country with sufficient energy, without using oil, coal or nuclear power. All we have to do is to cover many of our freeways with solar panels and/or line them with wind generators. The wind generators could be built alongside freeways or built right over them. The great virtue of this plan is that the land is already government-owned. The right-of-way for the transmission lines from one urban consumption center to the next is already bought and paid for. There could be centers along the way for electric cars to be plugged into to tap energy generated overhead. Existing technology is all that is required. In Germany, some autobahns are already being transformed by this type of energy system. If this plan were put into effect on an emergency basis, it could be the real job-creating economic stimulus that the country needs.