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Re: “Oakland Invades the Desert

Responding to Justfacts: One problem with the whole alternative energy movement is that it is frequently more a moral or quasi religious movement that ignores costs. These large scale projects with all their advantages of scale and subsidies still produce energy at a cost of two to four time that of a fossil fuel plant. Don't start about cost of global warming etc--the immediate cost to consumer will have an immediate effect, that is worse as you go down the socio economic scale--increased energy costs slow economic development overall also. We are trying to climb out of recession and California is in debt, so timing is also bad. This dream of each person declaring energy independence with a backyard full of solar panels charging his plug in hybrid car is a far more expensive one than you might think--maybe ten percent of the population could do it. When you figure out the energy available, the cost to produce and store it, account for weeks of cloudy weather, the fact that owners of the grid are only going to pay for a certain amount of free use of their facilities to distribute excess power. Everyone wants to get off fossil fuels, but in fact it is currently very expensive to compete with fuels that have 1000 times the energy density of the best batteries, and established infrastructure, and can be used at anytime as needed. This is the inconvenient truth for alternative energy.

Posted by Mike4703 on 05/09/2011 at 8:08 PM

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