What a storm we had last night. The rain poured and the wind blasted. My poor dog, Julie, who has anxiety issues, cried and barked all night. It is strange that when she goes outside in the wind she enjoys it, but when she is inside she thinks something is attacking the house. Needless to say, not much sleep. this morning there are a lot of power outages in our area. Not me, I’m happy to say, but there are those dealing with this problem. Again, this brings the concern to my mind, are we too dependent on those power lines? Are we too dependent on foreign oil? Are there practical ways the average, or even the poor can free themselves financially and environmentally of energy enslavement? Most solutions out there are expensive and out of reach. Also, what if you are renting? Most systems become part of a structure and therefore may not be done by a tenant. Sadly, you don’t see solar panels on the house tops of the ones who need it most. This includes a large part of the population. These solutions must become widely available if we are to become energy independent as a nation and if we are to be more responsible to the environment. Without that all the green drumbeat is only lip service.