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  1. old1953

    old1953 said, about 1 year ago

    Carbon taxes are not going to be productive or needed. Silicon prices have dropped to below the takeoff point, in fact, industrial demand has (temporarily) pushed them up.

    http://www.seia.org/map/majormap.php

    Those are utility installs planned and listed. The plain fact is that solar photocells are based on very simple circuits, and the circuits keep getting cheaper as all solid state circuits do. Solar is here to stay and it will be cheaper than anything else by 2025. Or sooner.

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2012/12/daily-chart-19

  2. Ottodesu

    Ottodesu GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Just a general comment:
    Over 30 countries have now taken up Carbon Taxes (yes, even China and India have), but the political opposition in nearly every one of those is claiming that they are almost the only ones (and that China and India won’t).

  3. jack75287

    jack75287 said, about 1 year ago

    You mean more money for Al Gore.

  4. edinbaltimore

    edinbaltimore GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    And how is Al Gore “profiting” from a carbon tax? Until we realize that “climate change” is not “weather”, the deniers will scream bloody murder on ANY initiative. They DENY science, even in the face of more FACTUAL research that shows overall temps are rising, and have done a major turnaround since the 70s.

  5. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 1 year ago

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKNCZ7eEafU
    ^
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4MOTvvdgYc
    *
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObpODCsO_8A
    ^
    The three links above show how Mike Strizki, a New Jersey resident, has taken his home and more off of the power grids. The second and third are part 1 and 2 of the same video.
    ^
    There are solutions to the problems facing our nation. We simply have to educate ourselves and our children who will become the scientists of tomorrow.
    Once the flames melt the hose in Mr. Toles cartoon, it will be too late to focus solutions on the fires.
    Respectfully,
    C.

  6. ARodney

    ARodney said, about 1 year ago

    Solar and wind are now cheaper in Australia than new coal plants. The GOP and idiots like Ima want to keep America in the stone age (Cut education! Cut research! Cut taxes on oil companies! Ban scientists from saying the words “sea level rise”! Drill, baby, drill!) while China and the rest of the world modernize. America may be the first country to intentionally move itself to third-world status, due to deliberate sabotage by the Republican right.

  7. meetinthemiddle

    meetinthemiddle said, about 1 year ago

    One of the many ironies of the carbon tax and cap and trade debates was that the Republican response to the Kyoto Accords was “It’ll never work because it has no market-based incentive. You’d have to have a cap and trade system to make it effective.” Now 15 years later they say cap and trade is creeping socialism.

  8. corzak

    corzak said, about 1 year ago

    @old1953

    “Silicon prices have dropped to below the takeoff point”

    Yep, that appears to be the case.

    It’s really a no-brainer. Solar panel farms. Throughout the world’s deserts. Perpetual electricity. Energy problem: solved. Carbon problem: solved.

  9. corzak

    corzak said, about 1 year ago

    @Omnius

    “When conservatives finally realize that global warming is a problem they’ll want to blame the Democrats for not doing anything”

    Lol! Absolutely true! Except for the fact that the way things are going now, there won’t be a ‘Republican party’ in 10 years . . .

  10. Ionizer

    Ionizer said, about 1 year ago

    @ARodney

    “Solar and wind are now cheaper in Australia than new coal plants.”

    How many subsidies for solar and wind are involved, and how many penalties, licenses, and obstacles for new coal plants? How much coal will be replaced by S/W? How do the existing coal plants compare?

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @Ms. Ima

    Our sun is a solar fusion furnace bombarding our Earth with enough energy a day to use for an entire year at current usage.
    -
    Tar sands will quadruple our GHG output and we will be hitting 3 degrees C (5 F) in no time.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @ARodney

    I trust Cap & Trade less than a Carbon Tax.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @meetinthemiddle

    To Republicans, and Libertarians, taxation is Socialism.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 1 year ago

    @Harleyquinn

    At 397 ppl it is too much. Too much for us that is. Not that you care but it is your life and family too in this. Also there is no Plan B out there or other planets to move to.

  15. Justice22

    Justice22 said, about 1 year ago

    @David

    Haven’t you heard? The new solar cells are made of solid silver and as they have to be polished every day, this wears the silver thin requiring replacement. My maid polishes the solar cells every day with the dinnerware.

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