Monday, April 9, 2012

Interesting opinion piece by Carl Pope, formerly of the Sierra Club, over at Yale360 entitled “Solar Power off the Grid: Energy Access for World’s Poor.”

You can read the article here.

I just came across this opinion piece, perhaps you have already read it, in which case stay here and let’s talk about it.

First off, I can’t find anything in the article that I can find fault with. It appears
to be well reasoned and backed up with facts. In one article he proposes a
new paradigm, whereby the poorest people on the planet can get a new energy source which will improve their health, and their livelihoods in one fell swoop. Who can argue with that?

Plus it is an established fact that in the developing world, they are bypassing the “wired” route due to prohibitive costs involved developing the infrastructure,
going this route continues that trend, allowing for a “dirt cheap” alternative infrastructure to be developed.

Here is the problem though that I have with Mr. Pope and other “limousine liberals” like him- especially those residing at the highest levels of power and influence at the Sierra Club, NRDC, and the federal and state bureaucracies-
why do they have no problem with going the distributed power generation route
in the 3rd world, but that route isn’t good enough here for us in the U.S.A?

We have millions of rooftops here, for example, in sunny southern California prime for solar installations atop them, that could be rolled out very quickly, and
would start making a dent immediately in the need for carbon based fueled power right here, right now.

But these same “limousine liberals” wouldn’t even consider it, they were so sold
on concentrated solar power plants and wind plants way out in the desert, which they could get the federal government to provide the cheap land and the upfront capital costs, they finally figured out how to meter the sun- with the help of their good old buddies and contributors- the friendly public utility power
companies- who truly will make out like bandits from the scheme.

We the people of course will be the ones to have to deal with the future sky high power costs coming from this “green energy”, at least here in this country,
and our brothers and sisters in poverty in the rest of the world may end up
being the ones benefitting most from the “green energy” revolution.

I am saying this not to knock Mr. Pope’s proposal for the poorest, but very deserving, folks on this planet, but just to respectfully ask why wasn’t it good enough for we the people, here?

I am telling you that when this green energy comes online, from Ivanpah and Blythe, and other “raped” ecosystems way out there; we will be paying dearly for it.

You heard it here on the backporch.

Now go out and start saving up to pay for it.


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