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Originally posted by LuckyLucian
reply to post by xuenchen
For the most part there's no "development" needed. That's simply an excuse thrown about by people that apparently want an excuse to keep polluting the planet. Funding and manpower is what is needed. The actual willingness of lazy Americans to get off their fat asses and do the dirty work of building a sustainable energy grid from the ground up. It is that which so many Americans balk at. Actual work. The majority of jobs here are now service jobs that only require them to push a button on a phone or computer.
You live in Vegas, an inhospitable place which consumes much more power than other American cities. Two thirds comes from coal, a third from natural gas, with a tiny fraction from Hoover Dam. There are on average 310 sunny days in Vegas a year. Is solar energy perfect? No. Could it supply Vegas with all its power needs? Yes. Would it be expensive? Yes. Would its cost be drastically reduced over the years as the process is streamlined and better technology is implemented? Yes. "Oh, but what about days when it's cloudy, huh? Or at night with all the Vegas lights and 24 hour a day casinos and restaurants and bars and..." Thermal salts. Thermal power storage is viable and works. Or how about geo-thermal energy? Completely sustainable. Dirt cheap after its initial costs. It would be expensive to find a viable place to plunge a well and build the piping, tubes, turbines, etc. But once that's done there's no remaining costs but maintenance.
There are dozens of alternative energy sources to tap, but we've been duped into Big Oil's great lie. Paid for with our own money being dumped into their pockets and thrown back at us as propaganda.
By the way, I absolutely love Vegas. I'm currently debating moving to North Las Vegas, a few blocks from Aliante Station off of Elkhorn Rd. So I am by no means taking a swipe at Vegas in particular.