Over the ensuing years Nick took notice of the declining air quality and heard stories about the rise in children’s asthma. He also learned that each year 13,000 deaths in the U.S alone are attributed to coal pollution, and that burning fossil fuels causes $120 billion annually in health-related damage. Not to mention the untold cost of lives and treasure countries worldwide spend trying to maintain control over oil fields. “There’s gotta be a better way!” Nick resolved.
One frosty night he shared his concerns with the elves. “Dolls and toys are all well and good, but I wish we could give the world a REAL gift. “Hmm…,” he mused, “how about free, clean energy that is shared equally with all people?” he imagined. “But that seems like an impossible dream,” he relented.
However, Nick’s clever elves took his message to heart and began to sprinkle their magic throughout the land. And by the Christmas of 2017 his sack was full of gifts that are beginning to make his dream come true.
This year his present to Australia is the world’s largest battery. It’s parked right next to a 315 mega-watt wind farm providing Australians with clean, renewable energy even when the wind doesn’t blow.
St. Nick will deliver 35 million electric bikes this year equipped with trailers capable of hauling up to 440 lbs. Think of these not as alternatives to pedal bikes, but as alternatives to small cars providing clean transportation on crowded urban streets.
Elf-Tech, the North Pole research branch, has made amazing progress with utility scale solar and wind power generation. This season, your tree can be lit with electricity produced at prices BELOW natural gas and other fossil fuel generated energy.
Truckers’ stockings will bulge with proto-types of all-electric big rigs capable of hauling 80,000 lbs. and traveling 500 miles on a single charge. And some lucky school children will be riding diesel-fume-free electric school buses home for Christmas break.
“Ho, Ho, Ho! God bless us every one. My dream is coming true right here on our only home where we’re forever… Earthbound.”