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  •  These technical solutions are clear, (7+ / 0-)

    but the problem is not technical; it never has been, and that's why nothing significant will be done about CO2 emissions.

    For if there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life. - Albert Camus

    by Anne Elk on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:19:41 PM PST

    •  Not unless (5+ / 0-)

      WE make it happen. It's a long shot, I agree...

      The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

      by Words In Action on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 12:23:26 PM PST

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      •  I agree. (2+ / 0-)
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        freesia, Words In Action

        I think this will be a one-home-at-a-time type of success story.  When the cost to put up panels is effective enough to trade for cost of traditional energy, and the solar storage solution is added, then it will go much like the trade from horse and buggy to the automobile.  People will want it and will simply make the choice when they can.

        I plan on solar panels when I get my new home.

    •  Anne, I hear but disagree... (0+ / 0-)

      Yes, there are huge political problems, but the fact is that fossil fuels have enormous energy density-- a lot of energy stored in a small, transportable package-- and so are effectively crack cocaine for an energy-using society.  Highly addictive.

      Solar and wind do not have that transportable energy density on their own, so there are enormous (and fascinating and fun) technical problems associated with them.

      Were that not true, trust me, the Koch brothers would already have figured out sleazy ways to make billions of dollars from solar and wind power. :-)

      -Jay-
      

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