Kentucky just got walloped by a deadly ice storm. Up to a million homes lost power when thick coatings of ice wreaked havoc on power lines.

If most houses in Kentucky had solar panels and/or wind turbines, people wouldn't be forced to flee their freezing homes or sit huddled under blankets all day in cold bedrooms. They wouldn't die from carbon monoxide poisoning from diesel powered generators. If we all had solar panels, the locally generated power would keep heating systems running and lights on. And instead of being stuck in the middle of a statewide emergency, everyone would just be unable to run the dryer for a day or two.

Shea Gunther is a podcaster, writer, and entrepreneur living in Portland, Maine. He hosts the popular podcast "Marijuana Today Daily" and was a founder of Renewable Choice Energy, the country's leading provider of wind credits and Green Options. He plays a lot of ultimate frisbee and loves bad jokes.