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  •  The important thing is to get started. (7+ / 0-)

    I am confident all the technical difficulties could be addressed once we start moving to dramatically increase solar generating capacity. I'm sure it wasn't intentional, but it sounded like you value 2,200 sq miles of the best land in the eastern US more than 10,000 sq miles of American desert. I like our desert, and as said above solar doesn't have to go on undeveloped land. I give it a tip and a rec.

    . There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS. Mahatma Gandhi

    by Sacramento Dem on Wed Dec 26, 2007 at 10:04:13 PM PST

    •  You are confident? (0+ / 0-)

      Could you please give me some hard facts why you are so confident?  Or, do you propose states and private industries fund such a venture on your "confidence"?

      •  With very little Federal funding the cost of (2+ / 0-)
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        solar power has dropped precipitously. I believe if we really worked at it prices would fall even faster. There are many technical issues that solar power would have to overcome, especially if it were a large percentage of our total power. Solving problems like these are typically best achieved as part of an ongoing project. I think we need to work as hard as we can on all aspects of global warming. Solar, Wind, conservation, and even possibly nuclear. We also have to re-evaluate our requirements (I like my power on demand, but if our survival requires something else, I know what my choice would be).

        Confidence 1. Trust or faith in a person or thing

        What we spend on solar now

        . There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end, they always fall -- think of it, ALWAYS. Mahatma Gandhi

        by Sacramento Dem on Thu Dec 27, 2007 at 09:36:05 PM PST

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      •  He's right to be confident (0+ / 0-)

        If you want to see what's being done right now -- and you aren't just a troll -- try checking out things like this.

        And Nanosolar's selling $1/watt panels to a German energy firm.  The price of generating solar will now be very close to, if not cheaper than, burning coal.  

        Oh, and to facilitate storage of all that lovely energy:  Stanford researchers have developed a new kind of battery, a "nanowire" battery, that holds ten times the juice of conventional batteries.  Suddenly, electric cars with 2000-mile ranges become possible.

        •  Yes, I've been following the nanowire story.. (0+ / 0-)

          And no, I'm not a troll.. (But I do think I was feeling kinda squirelly yesterday.)  

          It's just that on forums such as these there are lots of "facts", pseudo-facts, wishful thinking, etc that muddy the waters.  

          Thanks for your response.. it's been a while since I looked at the progress of home solar panels.  I'll follow your links from this and your other response.

          I'm a techno-optimist as far as energy goes.. but if the 30 years since the oil crisis of the seventies has taught me anything, it is not to be confident that sane, practical science will be funded to get us out of our energy dilemna.  So maybe I'm a techno-optimist, but human-pessimist?

          Thanks!

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