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  •  Things won't be changing anytime soon, no matter (0+ / 0-)

    who the President is.

    As long as natural gas is abundant and cheap in the U.S., renewable energy will be a bit player, for financial reasons.  The only way to make renewable sources of energy competitive is to tax carbon, and raise the cost of energy.   I don't see that happening anytime soon, do you?

    I have many clients who are in the middle of solar projects that looked great on paper, when they were conceived and financed.  Now, because of delays in getting them approved and built, the developers of those projects (who agree to finance, build and operate them in exchange for a ground lease and an agreement to buy their electricity) are looking for any way they can to bail on their projects.   I will send my grand children to college on all of the litigation that this is creating.  

    Admit it.  Because we don't live in a totalitarian state that can simply impose its will for the good of the people (and because Big Energy owns both houses of Congress), fossil fuel is here to stay for the short term - regardless of the long terms impact of using it.  

    "Help me to be, to think, to act what is right because it is right; make me truthful, honest, and honorable in all things; make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to me." [Robert E. Lee]

    by SpamNunn on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 10:15:12 AM PDT

    •  The good news is that many states... (0+ / 0-)

      ...are requiring that a certain amount of electricity be provided by renewable energy by 2020-2030. Natural gas doesn't count.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 11:01:47 AM PDT

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      •  That's what our energy Master Plan requires here (0+ / 0-)

        in NJ, a shift toward renewables.   Putting it in a Master Plan and making it a statutory requirement are two different things, though.  

        "Help me to be, to think, to act what is right because it is right; make me truthful, honest, and honorable in all things; make me intellectually honest for the sake of right and honor and without thought of reward to me." [Robert E. Lee]

        by SpamNunn on Thu Aug 23, 2012 at 11:11:35 AM PDT

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