A Push To Solar

The government should make a big push to concentrate on solar energy. The presidential town hall debate featured Obama and Romney debating over oil, gas, and coal. As we have to come to learn, unsurprisingly climate change was not mentioned. President Obama did mention renewable energy production, but other than that solar energy references were non-existent. I think the reason Obama did not mention solar any further is because of Solyndra. Solyndra is a company that manufactured solar panels, which received loan guarantees because of Obama’s stimulus bill. This company recently went suddenly bankrupt. Solyndra went bankrupt because of Obama’s administration inability to properly handle subsidies. The technology that this green company was using was also a new, but the cost of its structure kept going up. Obama probably did not want Romney to bring this particular point up. I bring Solyndra up because although it is a shame that these people went bankrupt, but it looks like it will be better for the environment. Because this company shut down, solar panel manufacturing has moved to China, where it has now become a commodity and a high-volume industry, making the panels cheaper. Now that these panels are cheaper, more people will buy them making the atmosphere much cleaner.

Solar energy would be in perfect position to be competitive in today’s market if the subsidies weren’t so high for industries in oil, gas, and coal. In 2010, there was a $349 billion difference between renewable energy and fossil fuels. Cutting those subsidies would be good for the economy: it would reduce energy consumption, it would give solar power better standing to compete with fossil fuels, and it would give other renewable energies more chances as well. Between the other renewable energies, solar would still prevail because of its availability. Although only a small fraction of the sun’s light hits earth, that is 10,000 times as much energy than what we currently use. It is undeniable that solar energy has the best availability.

The only problem with solar energy is that the most usage of electricity occurs at night when there is no sun. But I think this could be an easy fix too. At high temperatures, solar energy can be stored in molten salts. These salts refers to salts in a liquid phase that is normally solid. This storage method is a good solution because salts are an effective method and are very cheap.

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This solar theory is a very legitimate solution to give a massive decline in the progress of global warming. It would also save people like Calvin, and who doesn’t like Calvin?

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7 responses to “A Push To Solar”

  1. michaelm0017 says :

    David, I really like your thought on using solar power, I just have a few comments/questions. I am doing my science project partially on solar power and one problem i have encountered with solar power is the actual amount of power. The pannel needed to completely power an all around car, would be very expensive and large. That is why I would like to know if you have any suggestions on how we could possibly only rely partially on solar, while still using coal. But overall great post!
    😀

  2. zaym0017 says :

    David, I love the thought of converting to solar power, but I am going to agree with what you say. I know it is worth it and I know that we need to convert to solar energy, but my question is,

    “How long will it takes for the Earth to convert to solar energy or even the U.S?”

  3. Edward Holliday says :

    David, I would like to say that your post is very good. You reflect very much on your topic and it flows together well. You have very good information and a great comic strip. Overall great job.
    🙂

  4. Edward Holliday says :

    sorry

  5. brannona0017 says :

    I like this post David. The only thing I find disheartening is that if we want ot go 100% solar it is going to take a lot of money.

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