"Green Energy" is not ready for us yet.
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Submitted by Vladimir val Cymbal (United States), Dec 7, 2010 12:35
"Green Energy" is a long way from being practical and therefore implementable. We are decades (or more) away its implementation on a grand scale. Countries that embraced the concept of green energy are suffering economically. They lose three jobs for every one that green energy created.
Because of the EPA and local agencies of the same sort, we are not allowed to manufacture solar cells; which to date are not very efficient. So they are manufactured overseas trading our foreign oil dependence for dependence those countries whose government allows its citizens to do so. Wind energy generating gismos are mostly produced outside of the US; also making us dependent on foreign sources. These same agencies are throwing road blocks on the building of nuclear energy creating plants. They and environmental groups vigorously oppose energy production by hydroelectric sources. As a matter of fact, they are trying to do away with current plants. Coal energy plants (which we use to create the majority of our electricity) are under attack by our administration (the president, in his campaign speeches, bragged he will put them out of business). Our prospects for using green energy are slim. This is primarily because our government is the main force in this quest and has eliminated any private development. This is because private companies need to make a profit and so far private companies do not see a profit in it. The government wants to go on a path that will be losing money for decades. This will ruin our economy even more. If private business can't survive on this path what makes anyone believe that a country can? It can't!
We have enough oil and gas deposits to last us for decades, make us energy independent, and give us the time needed to develop new energy sources and even new types of motors not dependent on the combustion engine. After all the combustion engine has been relied on for way over 100 years. Let's not cut ourselves off of the one item (oil) that has fueled our (and the world's) economy to great heights. The world has benefited more in the last 100 years than several previous centuries. This has been made possible primarily through the use petroleum; gas, lubricants, plastics, and other items.
So, until "green energy" becomes particle, Drill Baby Drill.
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