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'Shine, Baby, Shine!' Not 'Drill, Baby, Drill'

"I have nothing more to do with oil. I am producing my own energy -- solar energy," Larry Hagman (the actor who played oil baron J.R. Ewing on TV show Dallas) said in a television advertisement for SolarWorld, a Bonn, Germany-based solar system producer.


Source: "Solar industry loses major booster with death of actor Larry Hagman" by Robert S. Eshelman, E&E reporter. ClimateWire: Wednesday, November 28, 2012.


Notes:  When Larry Hagman, the actor who for 14 seasons played oil baron J.R. Ewing on the television show "Dallas," died in late November, many people noted the loss of an American icon. Sadly, the solar industry also lost one of its leading promoters.

Hagman played the role of a greedy, evil oil tycoon on TV in the 1980s.  Ironically, in recent years, he owned the largest private solar energy system in the nation. He was a leading advocate for the solar power sector.

Even more, through his charitable work, he promoted energy infrastructure improvements in poor communities around the world.  His charitible foundation, with a wink to J.R. Ewing, was even called, "Evil Does Good."

Hagman was very enthusiastic about solar energy on his property. He wrote on his website in 2010:

"the sun provides power to my house, my office, and others on the grid as well.The incentives California gives for solar power make it absolutely crazy not to do. I went from $2,800.00 to $13.00 on my electric bill. With what I have done in my own home I expect to see the entire system paid off in about five years and the rest of my life my home will have virtually no power bill."

He ended that same posting on his website with these very inspiring words: 

"We have the power to make changes every day.The only things any of us truly have in this world are the decisions we make. Take some advice from me live a life you love and love the life you live. Become knowledgeable about what changes you can make in your daily lives. Our time is short to make these changes, but I'm heartened by the increased interest these last few years have brought.

We may just make it yet.


Image Source: via SolarWorld

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