“It’s really kind of cool to have solar panels on your roof” -Bill Gates
Nov 21, 1620 – The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620.
Nov 21, 1694 – French author and philosopher Jean Francois Voltaire was born. At age 65 he spent only three days writing “Candide.”
Nov 21, 1877 – Thomas A. Edison announced the invention of his phonograph.
November, 21, 2014
Green Energy has become such a sexy phrase. Millions and millions of Americans have become seduced by the allure of this giant political movement. Even I must admit, I have come to be more or less infatuated with the idea of clean energy. And who could blame us? The intent is noble right?
Also there is a great debate in this country about the efficiency of alternate forms of energy, specifically solar, and as I noted, I would be a large proponent of it if solar was efficient. But the truth is, Solar energy is not efficient. Not even close. And it it were, then we wouldn’t be having the debate in this country about whether we should use solar energy or not….we would instead already be using it. But it’s the cool thing right?
Debate aside, let’s keep it real and just look at the facts.
Not only has solar energy proved itself to be insufficient, but I must question as to whether the green flag that it so often flies is an accurate representation. We take for granted the fact that “Going Green” means helping the environment, but let me ask you, what exactly does that mean?
I am under the impression that animal life and safety carries a lot of weight in the environmentalist circles… Well is that the real case? Or is this a front that gets the dog lovers to the voting booths in November? I will let you decide, but what often goes ignored is the fact that solar plants incinerate birds on a daily basis. And if killing birds is the collateral for saving the environment, are we not contradicting ourselves? The death tolls are catastrophic. It is estimated that a given solar plant incinerates a whopping 30 birds per hour. No not per month. Not week, and no, not day… I said per hour. Where is PITA on this issue and the rest of the left? I would think there would be an outcry! Not to mention my dear thinkers, each one of these plants uses an astronomical amount of water not only to run the turbines and create energy, but also to clean and hose down the panels whenever desert dust happens to gather as a film and hinder the energy creating process.
Many of these plants are located in the middle of the desert which not only means that dust will surely collect often, but additionally, it costs large sums of money to truck in water using several hundred vehicles (which do expel carbon) whenever this task is at hand. Aside from the inconvenience, does anyone remember, WE ARE IN A DROUGHT? Why is it that California legislatures can present laws that regulate the length of your showers and the time of day that you can water your lawn, when thousands of gallons are being wasted on solar panels all of the time.
In hindsight, I have no agenda in lobbying for or against solar energy. I would just like to advocate a simple piece of truth: THAT WE AREN’T BEING TOLD THE WHOLE TRUTH. There aren’t videos on the nightly news of innocent birds catching fire while quietly flying across the desert. And the environmentalists who yell at us about saving the birds and conserving water will just as quickly look the other way when it conflicts with their other agendas. And as a Conservative who is supposed to “hate the environment”, I kindly ask us to stop watering things that cause death, and instead maybe water a tree or two… something green couldn’t hurt.
Just a thought.
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