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    First of all, how long exactly do you think patents last?  They're not copyrights.  Secondly, where are you getting the idea that there's been large-scale consolidation?  There remain a multitude of independent startups being channeled out of the world's tech universities, and they just keep coming.  The fact that fossil fuel companies are investing in the industry is not the same thing as claiming they have a controlling interest, and in point of fact it's more likely over time that solar companies would be the ones buying out the bigger energy giants.  

    "Germany may survive" ROFL - why, because it has like three years' head start despite having trivial amounts of solar-optimum land compared to America's deserts and a cloudy climate?  You really don't get how this works.  It's a volume business.  

    The conundrum of stable democracy: Reform requires the consent of the corrupt.

    by Troubadour on Tue Jun 21, 2011 at 04:22:05 AM PDT

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