Originally posted by Jeedawg
I'm sure if the USA spent a fraction of their military and black ops funds into clean/renewable energy, they would be the world leader in that
This is exactly the point. Seriously, some replies here in the thread just reflect the same unbelievable stupidity as in that FOX report.
Mind you, I used to live in Germany. It is true that the amount of homes with solar panels there is INSANE.
"More Sun in Germany?"
Yes, right! We moved to Spain because the weather in Germany is the crappiest weather you can even imagine, it's basically "Winter" from early
September to May. Even on the East Coast or the the Midwest, I guarantee you is MORE Sun than in Germany, let alone the fact that the US is "more
south" geographically which also amounts to longer days. (I lived in the US for 8 something years).
Solar "works" in Germany because Germany has LONG understood how incredibly important alternative energies are and will be, as a technology to invest
in, doing R&D, creating suitable laws, tax-cuts etc. for people who install them and so forth. An area where the US is still ignorant because for
them its RATHER important to drill new oil wells somewhere in the Arctic, rather than starting TO REALIZE there is no way around alternative energy.
Alternate energies is ONE of those sectors which, in this time of a "bad economy", it can only pay off to do R&D since this field has a future.
Whether solar cells still are less effective, whether they lose 10% of their effectiveness or whether they need certain amounts of rare metals is
entirely IRRELEVANT. This is exactly what the R&D is about, to find new ways to make better, cheaper and more effective ones. Its only a matter of
time and developing the technology.
Rather than giving ignorant comments here how "ineffective" solar panels are and how good it would be NOT to waste time on this, the exact opposite
must happen in the US..more research/tech money into the field IN THE SAME WAY as Germany did already, despite the shiate weather in Germany.
Right now the percentage of power supplied by solar energy in Germany is 5%, they are shooting for 10% in 2020 and 20% in 2030, just as a side-note. I
dont have a doubt they will reach that goal. I personally ALSO wish that some southern countries (Spain, Italy) would do the same. I am living in
Spain and the amount of Sun here is "batsh!t crazy" as compared to Germany, even compared to Florida and other southern US states. The amount of
energy wasted by not taking advantage of this must be staggering. It's early February now and Sun is already blasting down every day with no single
cloud...while I pay €200 each month for my utilities alone. There is a HUGE opportunity missed.
The fact that Germany jumped early on on the alternative energy bandwagon is certainly ALSO one reason that Germany is doing very well economically
right now, they are the leader in a field which just will become more and more important anywhere. Countries like the US are *not* blocked by the
limits of technology, but simply by stupidity and ignorance, as the FOX article nicely demonstrates.
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