Link 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???