Lisa Benson by Lisa Benson

Lisa Benson

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  1. ColininAus

    ColininAus said, about 12 hours ago

    Right. The consciousness that thought the Clean Air Act was a waste of time. That cleaning up the Great Lakes was an unnecessary expense. Now thinks clean energy is a waste of time. Conservatives simply conserve the status quo rather than conserving the planet.

  2. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 12 hours ago

    You live in SoCal, Lisa, unless you’ve joined your NATURAL tribe in Texas. In SoCal solar collectors – properly deployed – will supply ALL of a family of four’s electrical needs, year over year. What exactly is WRONG with that? What’s the Murdoch-Ailes bullet point that explains why people shouldn’t zero out their electric bills? Hello? Lisa?
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    followed by a Toon about Benghazi

  3. mikefive

    mikefive said, about 9 hours ago

    @wmconelly

    " In SoCal solar collectors – properly deployed – will supply ALL of a family of four’s electrical needs, year over year."

    That’s a bit of an exaggeration. It can’t happen until storage capabilities really dramatically improve over what’s available today.

  4. superposition

    superposition said, about 7 hours ago

    @mikefive

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tesla-s-elon-musk-unveils-solar-batteries-for-homes-and-small-businesses/
    http://www.technologyreview.com/news/427504/edisons-revenge-the-rise-of-dc-power/

  5. mfhorn 4

    mfhorn 4 said, about 6 hours ago

    Renewable energy is great to meet peak demand. But it’s a long ways from being able to meet our base needs. And as Obama promised us, our bills will skyrocket.

    Let’s build a few hundred nuclear plants instead. They’ll easily take care of our base needs until solar & wind (and other sources of power) can take care of what we use every day.

  6. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, about 5 hours ago

    Germany’s renewable energy sector is among the most innovative and successful worldwide. Net-generation from renewable energy sources in the German electricity sector has increased from 6.3% in 2000 to about 30% in 2014 and it keeps getting better every year. It’s too bad the US is always lagging behind, we used to be the innovators and early adopters.

  7. NeedaChuckle

    NeedaChuckle said, about 5 hours ago

    @ColininAus

    No money to be made in saving the planet!

  8. Bruce4671

    Bruce4671 said, about 4 hours ago

    come on people, Lisa’s got a point. I have solar panels and they DO NOT supply all my needs. What do you do when the sun don’t shine? Do you think that here in Tampa the sun was blazing away and charging the batteries at my place while supplying 100% of the demand from my a/c, refer, fans, lights and electronics this last week? (you will need to ck the weather report…flooding)

    no.

    So even during the clear sky days in sunny CA, how big a bank of batteries does one need to supply the 5-6k watts to run things 100% at night?

    Yes, we need to figure it out. BUT for crying out load those of us that are living in “real ville” understand that in order to maintain the status quo – which is almost affordable energy for every person in the city county suburb country… well, we need something other than solar and wind at this time.

    So why are you gong to make sure that the POOR will not be able to afford energy of the fossil fuel variety and what makes you think that doing so will force industry to switch?

    Nope industry will buy carbon credits and pass the cost on to the consumer making sure that every single thing we need cost more while they continue to pollute.

    Government should be leading research not punishing people……..

  9. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, about 3 hours ago

    @Ted Lind

    Germany’s energy cost is driving their companies to move also.

  10. Tim Culberson

    Tim Culberson said, about 3 hours ago

    why does everyone ignore nuclear? No CO2, no environmental destroying of birds, and controlled energy that is cheap and long lasting.

  11. Hiram Bingham

    Hiram Bingham said, about 3 hours ago

    @Tim Culberson

    ^ Because no one has figured out what to do with the waste yet.

  12. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, about 2 hours ago

    Part of the problem is that those lines and transmission towers belong to the ‘old skool’ power companies, who are resisting letting the renewable energy companies hook up to the grid.
    But for once, they have a legitimate complaint; why should the renewable energy companies get a free ride on the power lines, the Old Schoolers paid to put up and maintain? Fair’s fair, after all.

  13. BloomCo

    BloomCo said, about 2 hours ago

    The US would need 7.2 million acres of solar panels which would take over 900 years to build. And who are you going to get to clean them to keep them operating at peak efficiency? And how much water will that take?

  14. zippy06

    zippy06 said, about 2 hours ago

    Yep.
    And made with odd size panels. So you can’t get replacements.
    Solyndra.

  15. JDave48

    JDave48 said, about 2 hours ago

    @Hiram Bingham

    " Because no one has figured out what to do with the waste yet."

    Here is one solution that I like

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