posted on Mar, 9 2015 @ 07:13 AM
originally posted by: jrod
a reply to: SlapMonkey
Wow, way to blame Obama for 'throwing money at alternative energies'.
I didn't "blame" anyone for anything, I just used a fact to illustrate that I think the federal government should stay out of the energy-subsidy
Back in the 70's, President Jimmy Carter had a solar panel installed on the White House because he believed it was the right thing to do. When
Reagan was elected, Nancy had it removed because she considered it unsightly, and their administration was in cahoots with Big Oil.
Do you know how powerful the oil lobbyist are?
They are the ones who drive the policies, the money that the Obama administration has spent on alternatives is a no where near the tax kick backs big
You can blame lobbyists all you want, but the root of the problem is our collection of spineless, greedy politicians. Lobbyists would mean diddly
squat if we had any politicians who had a proverbial pair. Honestly, I probably would have removed the solar panel, too. Back then, the efficiency was
below 10%, and the cost for the tech was extremely high. Quite honestly, the fact is that Carter wasted tax dollars putting one on the White House
because the cost-to-efficiency ratio was ridiculous at the time.
But keep in mind, there are some pretty powerful green-energy/AGW lobbyists out there, too, and they can do a pretty good job going head-to-head with
Big Oil in this administration.
Another important not in the energy debate is Lockheed Martin's announcement regarding fusion. We very well may be the generation that goes to
fusion, that will change everything.
I will write this again: There is a reason why Warren Buffett has been dumping his oil stock.
Repeating that is unnecessary, but if it makes you feel better...
Nuclear fusion would be pretty damn cool, if it happens, but people are scared of nuclear power plants right now...and while I know the tech is
completely different, they're going to have to go on a publicity blitzkrieg if they think that the general public will immediately embrace nuclear
fusion as a safe energy source. Hell, people out there think that the Large Hadron Collider is going to create a black hole, or implode the
universe--when people don't understand something, they get scared. It sucks, because that's a part of human nature that holds us back sometimes.