Via Kristine Smith on twitter, this interesting post on Rachel Maddow’s blog about the continuing witch hunt against solar power:
“All told, the U.S. is on track to add about 4.2 gigawatts of solar generating capacity using photovoltaic technology this year, which would be up from 3.3 gigawatts, which was a 76% increase on 2011’s totals.
This is not what Republicans want to hear — the party’s 2012 presidential candidate said solar doesn’t count as ‘real energy’ and Fox News recently suggested the solar industry is ‘tanking our economy’ — but the facts are not in dispute. The only ‘ill-fated ventures’ to be found are the right’s talking points on energy policy.”
(Via Solar power coming on strong – The Maddow Blog.)
This narrative about solar is 30-40 years out of date with the current reality among certain people. By making it a cornerstone, it’s going to be yet another way in which the Republican party actively harms itself in the modern US by fighting against sea change. With parity of cost in the Southwest right now, and new improvements in the science, manufacturing and basic cost in solar constantly dropping the cost of solar, where do people think this script ends?
It doesn’t end with solar power failing, anymore than microchips, cellphones, or laptops have gone away. Technology gets cheaper, faster, better. Solar uses technology and science to get better. Oil pretty much remains where it is, you burn it, you use it, you have it.
Solar is not a dead end. Not when we’re already seeing use-case scenarios where it matches.