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  1. narrowminded

    narrowminded said, over 1 year ago

    Solar electrical energy production is great idea but, just like socialism, it doesn’t work.

  2. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    Sigh.

  3. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    @narrowminded

    I guess you never heard of Scandinavia, then. Home to the happiest, healthiest people in the world.

  4. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, over 1 year ago

    @motivemagus

    I fear that’s not that great an example of solar, but it IS a good example of renewable: they get most of their electricity from hydro.

  5. pauldamin

    pauldamin said, over 1 year ago

    @narrowminded

    Less that it doesn’t work as it isn’t economical. I expect that within 10 or 20 years, while it won’t totally replace traditional energy production, it will certainly replace a significant portion of it as it becomes more economical.

  6. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    @narrowminded

    Of course it works. It is just on our end we need to continuer to improve obtaining it for conversion. The Earth gets enough power every day to light every light, power every device for a year.

  7. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 1 year ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    But that wouldn’t pump up the profits of the oil and coal interests, and therefore is un-American.
    I mean, so long as the kids of a bunch of rich executives can afford to move somewhere nice, who cares if everyone else chokes on pollution or drowns in sludge?

  8. MortyForTyrant

    MortyForTyrant said, over 1 year ago

    We here in Germany have a “luxury problem” with renewable energy right now: too many wind farms! The network-operators can’t get cables to them fast enough to plug them into the system. This hinders future projects. One company has started to lay of workers because of that. I firmly believe that something nefarious is going on and when proven right i will quit my previous life, somehow obtain a BIG, BIG gun and find the guy responsible, Heisenberg-style…

  9. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    Actually, Carter’s initiatives led to the US being the world leader and innovator in alternative energy sources.
    Then Reagan came in and killed it all. Carter did great; he just failed to get re-elected against a guy willing to treat with our enemies to win against him.

  10. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    @Michael wme

    True – I was referring to socialism, not solar power. Germany is a better example of solar.

  11. Ziveron

    Ziveron said, over 1 year ago

    @Debt Free

    As you might imagine, there’s been some improvement in the technology in the last 40 years or so.

  12. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    In terms of total solar power capacity per capita, Germany crushes every other country. At the end of 2012, it had approximately 400 MW of solar power capacity per million people, considerably more than #2 Italy at 267 MW per million people, #3 Belgium at 254 MW per million people, #4 Czech Republic at 204 MW per million, and #5 Greece at 143 MW per million people. The US came it at #20 with about 25 MW per million people (quite pitiful when put into this perspective). The top solar state (per capita) in the US at the end of 2012 was Arizona, which had about 167 MW of solar power per capita (and would have ranked #5 if it were a country). (source)

    The U.S. has no excuse for being 20th in the world in per capita solar capacity. Just imagine if the U.S. got to even half of Germany’s installed based per capita; that would supercharge the solar industry and probably help drive down solar costs much lower than they are now (and they’re already low), making further solar adoption around the world much faster than it otherwise would be. That’s the kind of virtuous cycle that we need to clean up electricity generation worldwide.
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    http://www.treehugger.com/renewable-energy/germany-breaks-world-solar-power-generation-record-july-2013-51-twh-leaves-us-dust.html

  13. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 1 year ago

    @Tigger

    Careful, Tigger. We can’t have people who think for themselves here – right wing or left wing, those are the choices.
    Great posts.

  14. Rockngolfer

    Rockngolfer said, over 1 year ago

    Bill Moyers interviewed a guest that I thought was interesting.
    Mark Leibowitz wrote a book about America’s Gilded Capital.
    Washington is awash with money. Democrats and Republicans come together to form huge lobbying companies.
    Former congressmen, senators, and aides work for oil companies, pharm, wall street and other companies with a stake in what the government does.
    You can look it up on billmoyers.com

  15. motivemagus

    motivemagus said, over 1 year ago

    @Rad-ish

    Quite right, and guess where they got the technology originally? That’s right: the US. After Reagan killed off research support, the companies folded or sold off. Now the Germans and the Japanese are the most advanced, and both owe a debt to US technology that could have been still FARTHER ahead were it not for Reagan’s lack of vision.

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