Solar. Is the US being left behind?

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  1. Ugg macrumors 68000

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    article in German

    Last year Germany installed a total of 300 MW of solar power, Japan 280 MW, the USA 90 MW. In Germany, the solar power industry employs 30.000 people. Yes, the German government subsidizes the difference between the cost of solar and conventional energy, but the subsidies provide much needed jobs and are a big source of foreign earnings as well.

    The amount spent in Iraq, if spent instead on solar and other alternative energy would clearly put the USA at the top of the list and provide massive amounts of jobs that couldn't be outsourced. Why, oh why???
     
  2. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    Because of the oil lobby, the automobile manufacturer's lobby, the highway construction lobby, the military contractor's lobby, and just about any other lobby you can think of. Ain't democracy great?
     
  3. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    I'm pretty sure the sun shines just as brightly on the U.S. as on Germany, so, no, we aren't getting left behind on solar energy.
     
  4. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    you're having us on, right?
     
  5. solvs macrumors 603

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    Brighter, technically, since we're bigger. Too bad it's all going to waste.
     
  6. Daveman Deluxe macrumors 68000

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    Of course. I just couldn't resist the joke. :p

    In all seriousness, I do think that the U.S. needs to make a deeper investment in solar energy as a part of the hydrogen fuel initiatives. If hydrogen fuel is produced using electricity generated by fossil-fuel resources, we're actually releasing more CO2 into the atmosphere since energy is lost in the transfer. At least it's easier to put pollution controls on a handful of huge installations than on millions of automobiles.

    The ideal will be for portable energy needs to be driven by hydrogen and batteries, and for the electricity used to produce said hydrogen to be generated via solar, wind, geothermal, and fusion electricity generation. Even better would be if we could cut down total energy use in the process, lowering the need to build expensive generation plants in the first place.
     

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