Posts Tagged ‘solar’

Remember When the U.S. Took the Initiative?

I’m happy that someone is doing something smart, especially since it’s a nation that has done so much to pollute and damage the environment over the last number of decades.
China Adding 500 Gigawatts of Renewable Power by 2020!
On the same day that Senate Republicans filibustered a vote for renewable energy in the USA, by contrast – China has just published an astoundingly ambitious and exciting renewable energy plan for the next ten years.

The article outlines China’s lead in solar energy production (i.e. their lead in solar thermal hot water heating, among other facts) and points out that U.S. progress in renewable energy is pathetic in relation to other countries efforts.
I just wish is what the U.S. of America that was taking the lead in renewable energy initiatives. We USED to be world leaders.
Interesting, that, whereas we depend so much on foreign oil (and the corporate sock puppets posing as legislaters keep whining “drill here, drill now”, even on the heals of the numerous devastating accidents).
For example: GOP Legislators Kill Off Renewable Energy Initiatives
Same as they ever were.
The current Administration has tried, I know, but the “Party of NO” has to much invested (literally) to risk their fossil fuel dividends.

To put that in perspective: the US will have added 16 GW of all renewable energy combined once the Obama administration Recovery Act funds are allocated – which, while a fabulous change for us, because it doubles the entire last thirty years of renewables on the grid – pales by comparison with 500 GW.

There IS a (relatively) easy solution. Call your legislator & give them an earful! It’s OUR country and OUR Earth & the legislators should be serving US, not the corporate oil weasels.


Blowing My Green Mind…

So I’ve just moved into San Diego’s North County and roaming (by foot, mind you, even though so many in the bohemian community into which I’ve moved prefer to motor almost everywhere, including an eightth of a mile to pick up…anything) the town just blows my green-leaning mind!
Sunny, sunny, sunny!!!
And hardly a solar panel to be seen. This area is a natural and, given the tax incentives offered for installation of solar panels and such, it’s amazing that the area isn’t festooned with PV panels!
The new library being built IS using a green roof, with the covering being planted(an ages old technigue, btw) but otherwise, all this glorious radiation courtesy of Sol is being wasted.
An evening stroll reveals even more more mind-blowing reality; I’m certain this neck of the woods chapparel will soon be named the “Land of A Million Malls” and each developer has fallen prey to the madness of the “greenscape”.
All of these oasis’ have been planted with verdant, rich green lawns
which need 10s of thousands of gallons of water to maintain!
As I walked by one local strip mall(with beautiful, lush grass) the other evening, I had to step into the street to avopid being soaked by a maladjusted sprinkler head, then had to step over the near-torrent of water rushing off the lawn, into the street and down the gutter.
It just struck me as an amazing waste and I walked the perimeter of the property to verify that this mall was now, indeed, an island!
Excuse me, BUT they’re not making more of it.