Those readers who have followed the saga of Gore Vidal’s bid to harness the sun may be heartened to hear that the esteemed author has emerged victorious in his green-minded mission: Vidal’s solar system is back in working order. Here, he offers a wry retort to counter his detractors, along with a spirited response to a recent New York Times report about solar power that left him quite cold, it would seem.
In the absence of genuine government policy, more and more consumers are spending their own cash to support green energy. Utility companies in 36 states offer energy from renewable sources to their customers for an added fee. Despite increasingly high energy costs, enrollment in such programs is up 20%, according to the Energy Department.