Dear Editor,

I read with interest the article on the big solar deal for Fairfax Schools (“Fairfax County awards solar contracts for 113 County and school facilities”). As a nonpartisan climate activist, the take away from this amazing and positive news is simple: that facing up to climate change can be a win-win-win-win. We can make money from new technologies. We can build jobs. We can sharply cut carbon emissions. We can make sure our grandchildren have a future.

We don’t need to tell people they have to lose their jobs and freeze to death in the dark. We must let ourselves be afraid of climate change, because it is dangerous. But we must stop being afraid of fighting it. The marketplace for renewable energy and carbon pricing has the potential to bring us a future of greater opportunity as well as safety.

Chris Wiegard

Chester, Virginia

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