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How A Couple From Middle America Became A National Sensation And A Target For Criticism

A new technology developed by Idaho couple Scott and Julie Brusaw could, in theory, create a lot of jobs, save us tons of money, and spare the planet some extractive misery. For all those reasons — and because it's imaginative and designed to serve the greater good — I'd love to see us explore it further. But as you'll see below, there are naysayers out there who are quick to call out all the reasons this technology can't work.My hope and disappointment aside, isn't this the sort of big thinking and innovative problem-solving we need now more than ever?

Here's the video that's been sparking imaginations across the country.

Sounds exciting, right? Well, here's a (kinda condescending) video rebuttal of solar roadway technology.


What we have here is a battle of theory with unknowns on both sides. The Brusaws present a theoretical solution to a number of issues, and they're challenged with theoretical hole-poking that in several respects is important to consider.

But what I find to be inspiring and worthwhile is that the Brusaws are actually seeking the answers to those unknowns. The problems they're trying to tackle — clean energy and job creation among them — are nothing to scoff at.

Photo by CDC on Unsplash

When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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