* With greater risk for stronger storms, what industries can we leverage or create? How about West Virginia universities working with industry to develop affordable, single family, emergency power backup? Perhaps mini hydro generators for people that live near flowing water could keep backup batteries charged enough to provide power to essential items such as refrigerators until commercial power is restored.
* Using digital rain and stream data, develop personalized affordable flood warning services akin to home security services.
* With carbon based energy lessening over time, can we develop small businesses for other uses for coal? Benches (coal combined with a resin) and other furniture for park systems, building materials such as garden and path stones, etcetera.
Americans were lead by the energy industries and their politicians to whine about gasoline and coal. Asia saw where fossil fuel was headed and became a winner developing the largest automobile company in the world, in large part based on fuel efficiency, as well as a major world player in the production of alternative energy equipment.
Instead of being manipulated by outside interests to whine about everything from coal to guns, we need leadership to bring together the government and private sectors to transform West Virginia into a global warming winner.
Rezek, of St. Albans, is a retired meteorologist.