Solar Energy Progresses Technologically, Fails Politically

Solar technology is proven yet still improving, time to start installing in earnestFor the eighth time the U.S. Republican Party — the party of big oil and climate change — has held future green energy hostage [ark] in the Senate to an insistence upon drilling every last bit of oil in every last wildernesses' intact ecosystems first. Given an American addiction to cheap fossil fuels necessary to power climate changing conspicuous consumption [ark] as the meaning of life, the public appears willing to fall lemming like into line with the myth that the “energy crisis” can be solved by drilling. Paying the full cost of energy including upon the environment is no crisis.
This comes as MIT researchers appear to have overcome a major technological limitation to economical solar energy storage [ark], perhaps removing the last major barrier to solar energy charged fuel cells [search] handling base energy loads. Green energy advances are being made constantly, and solar and wind energy is ready for wholesale introduction, but faces market obstacles that can be offset by renewing renewable energy tax credits similar to those enjoyed by traditional fuels. It is reprehensible that realistic opportunities to produce green energy locally while saving our shared atmosphere are being treated as no more than a political football. One can only wish a special place in the coming climate hell for these bad people.

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8 Responses

  1. John says:

    Question: I am not being ignorant or anything, I would just like to pose a question/situation. As human's we all die. We all types of medicines to try to keep us a live, but we all know in the end we will die. With that said -; isn't the world as a hole like that? So -; although I think wasting anything is not right shouldn't we just live. The world will end regardless of the recycling and other efforts, Correct? We may delay the process but the end will still come, correct. Isn't it out of our control either way?

  2. Kirk says:

    But John, most of us try to get as much joy as we can out of life and living. Sure we die in the end, but that's the human species. Earth will naturally be destroyed some billions of years from now. In the meantime, like a chain smoker, do we continue the habit and die of “lung cancer” or try, like many others, to kick the habit?

  3. zephyr says:

    John, I do see your point, and on some level it's quite valid.
    However, I personally feel pretty strongly that we really haven't the right to leave an excessively polluted set of ecosystems for those coming up behind us.
    We can already see for ourselves the impacts of the last 100 years' profligate burning of fossil fuels.
    We CAN modify our behavior in this regard and I believe it's incumbent on us to do it.
    I simply cannot imagine that we aren't up to the task.

  4. ewoc says:

    Unlike others, I do not actually see John's point. SInce we will all die, and the earth will (on a geological time scale anyway) end too, why not engage in nihilistic behavior on a regular basis? Why not act as if we are going to die tomorrow (which of course is subject to interpretation, for if we were going to die tomorrow, wouldn't we actually want to be nice to our loved ones, including the earth?) and do whatever we want, regardless of its impact on others or on the world around us…….
    But of course we don't do that (at least most of us anyway) so how does this line of thinking get us anywhere?
    All of this ignores the very real choices that we make daily that affect other species, the biosphere as a whole (correct spelling for this world, BTW) and other humans IN THE PRESENT, WHICH IS ALL THAT WE REALLY HAVE, including the poorest of the poor who cannot make the same choices we do, because they do not have the means. So if you believe that everything and everyone is indeed connected, this line of thinking is irrelevant, or better yet, relegated to its rightful place: college classes in Western philosophy.

  5. Dr. Glen Barry says:

    I agree with ewoc. Putting it more primitively, I believe strongly that as with all animals, human primates instinctively seek the continuation of their species and genes. This selective pressure is a requirement evolutionarily for any species to propogate. For human society to decide it is too difficult to change our profligate behavior in order to maintain the biosphere, and decide to just party it up and trash the planet, would be against these ingrained behaviors. And it would also just be ethically atrocious, indicating the depth of our depravity. Yes the Earth and each of us will die/end — but a great deal remains to be determined regarding the quality of time now and for our remaining future, and how much time there will be. This moronic question unfortunately underlies alot of ecocidal behavior.

  6. Andira says:

    Bioenergy is simply solar energy with built-in storage. In the beginning, the bioenergy share of total energy used by humans will be small (other than routine woodburning for heat and cooking). The growth curve for bioenergy is likely to be much more robust than the growth curve for photovoltaics and wind energy have been over the past three decades.

  7. scotty says:

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    Energy Environment Forum !

  8. Another solid article. To my understanding, Germany has mandated solar hot water systems on all new construction. Europe is now way ahead of the US in the adoption of solar therm systems and is selling their equipment to us.
    In the mid '80s, I worked with a builder who decided to include solar energy as a standard feature in all of his homes. He ended up building seventy homes in Jacksonville, NC, about twelve homes in Rome, GA, and five or six in Chapel Hill. Each house has passive and active solar systems. The passive solar system provides space heating during the day and the active solar system provides space heating and hot water in the evening or whenever the passive was spent. Some of these homes had solar fractions as high as 80%!
    During this time, solar thermal systems were becoming accepted in the housing market as standard equipment. The market was maturing with proven technology. Unfortunately, the federal government pulled the rug out from under us by repealing the solar tax credits. Most of the marketplace collapsed as a result.
    Let's get it right this time,
    Dr. Ben

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