Green Energy Economy… 40 Years From Now

Barack Obama came to the city I call home today (well, yesterday as it’s after midnight now) and signed his socialist porkulus spending bill into law.

As he did this I attended a rally against the turning of America into a socialist sate (Michelle Malkin has much better photos).

When I returned home I watched the replay of Barack Obama’s 18 min sales pitch.

The president was introduced by Blake Jones who is the head of Namaste Solar.


Jones recounted his company’s history – its quick growth from three employees to 50, and then dramatic cuts that followed last fall’s economic collapse. Without the stimulus bill, he said, he would have been forced to lay off workers. With it, he expects to increase his work force by 20 percent this year and 40 percent in 2010.

Dr. Craig Taylor may have a wake up call for Namaste Solar.

Craig Taylor is physics professor at the Colorado School of Mines and the associate director of the Colorado Energy Research Institute.

Craig believes it could be sometime before this kind of energy is to be in wide scale use.

Craig looks to be a supporter of green energy sources, but a realistic supporter.

9News Denver

He says even with the lower cost of solar energy, the future of it is not all that positive.

"If you go down that curve here in Colorado, you might be looking at 20, 30, 40 years or even more," Taylor said.

Taylor says the biggest problem is that coal is so inexpensive that solar energy just cannot compete.

"China is building one coal fired power plant every 10 days," he said.

There’s no doubt that solar energy works, but Taylor says it always comes back to cost.

"We’re not there. But if we don’t try and try really hard and throw some resources at it, we’ll never be there," he said.

No offense to Mr. Craig or Mr. Jones, surely they are much more informed about this topic than I am, but I do have a question.

I recall a field trip when I was 10 (1978) years old.

We went to one home, one business and one school all three of which had hideous solar panels on their exterior. 

We were told that solar energy was the future and it was so because of necessity.  Oil and coal supplies would be gone by the time I was 20. We were also told there was a fairly big problem, in essence that this technology would not be a go for another twenty to thirty years.

(Way to scare the crap out of little kids btw… tell them their source of heat and source of power for the family car and the school bus would be gone in 10 years with no solution for about 20 years.)

So my question is, why should I believe you?

Why should I believe that this is viable in any way when it is always 20 or more years off?

How much more in resources (by which I assume you mean money) must we throw at it? We’ve been throwing money at it at least since I was in elementary school, it sure doesn’t look like we’ve gotten more than a few steps closer to a reality of solar energy being viable since my 1978 field trip.

For the greenie dirt eating tree huggers, I’ve another question.

Why promote something such as solar energy when it is causing such destruction to the earth?

The production of polysilicon, which solar panels require, has a by product of silicon tetrachloride. Silicon tetrachloride is devastating the environment  in China and other areas and must be completely avoided by human beings.

None of your green energies are good for the earth, none.

Wind farms demand the destruction of hundreds of acres of land to produce reasonable amounts of energy, tons of concrete and steel are needed to construct those farms.

Bio fuels are the cause of deforestation all across the globe in order to clear land to grow the needed plants to produce palm oils, etc. Not to mention that here in America we are burning our food sources (corn) in our autos.

Do America and the world a favor.

A favor that would be good for the earth, the energy needs of people and good for our wallets, promote nuclear energy.


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