A few days ago, I saw this image in Wired magazine. It’s amazing that there have been so many efforts to bring 3rd world countries to better standings, but why don’t we rely more on solar technologies? Well. Lucky for you, you’re reading this very post. I’ll tell you why. We [a collective word representing both our own government and the oil companies that hide behind it] don’t want to use it.
From a business and governmental perspective, why switch? We’re funding a war, which funds the economy right out of a recession. We’re funding hundreds and thousands of truck drivers and ship captains who import and localize oil. We’re funding the jobs in refineries. We’re funding practically all of our nation’s power plants and electrical workers.
Imagine the size of the infrastructure shift if we ever tried to switch from oil to solar!
The efforts to completely replace all oil tankers ships and trucks for the entire country would be a couple hundred thousand arms and legs to begin with, but hell, that’s not even the half of it. Gas stations nationwide would have to be closed to be converted to electric fill up stations. Then comes in the factor that ALL power plants would have to be converted to be able to receive these power-in-a-ship battery contraptions for distribution to homes so that the current power line system would still be utilized. Yo. Scientists. Good luck with that.
Now, solar energy isn’t completely a dud in this country! By all means, taking matters into your own hands is always an option. Good luck with paying for the installation though. The federal grant is only so much help.