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  •  Any cost analysis (8+ / 0-)

    should take into account the cost of destroying mountains, forests, streams, wildlife, mercury emissions and acid rain, health problems, and global warming.

    •  it should also be pointed out (2+ / 0-)
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      SarahLee, dotcommodity

      that the calculated costs for the electric grid assume that there already is a grid there.  If a new one has to be built (as is the case for the 2 billion or so people in the world who currently have NO access to electricity at all), then installing solar power at the point of use would seem to be far less expensive than constructing a whole new suite of power plants and transmission grids in those areas.

      Editor, Red and Black Publishers

      by Lenny Flank on Tue Dec 18, 2007 at 07:21:18 PM PST

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