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Politics of sun & fossil fuels

picture of oil rig with pic of sunset superimposed on right sideEnergy is an inherently political topic. In the “On Sun and Fossil Fuels” blog section, I’ll focus in particular on the often highly-charged politics of sun (and renewable energy) and fossil fuels. Thanks in large part to the election of Barack Obama as President of the United States there is far more political momentum behind the “greening” of America and its economy than in the days of “W”. I hope to help build this momentum, if perhaps in a small way, through my “On Sun and Fossil Fuels” blogging entries.

Goodbye central utilities, hello home solar!


The old model of centralized electricity production is being replaced by localized, distributive energy production -- much to the dismay of large, centralized utilities, whose business model is not only outmoded, but anti-competitive and fundamentally un-American. [Flickr Creative Commons Photo By John E. Amos]

editors-blog-entry3Imagine a world in which the Big Utility monopoly on energy production and distribution and storage was no more. In its place is a world characterized by you-and-me, localized energy production and distribution and storage. Thinking about this makes me absolutely giddy! 

That's the way I felt today when I read a report by Greentechmedia that Germany's biggest utility, E.ON., is completely retooling in respone to the rise of distributed energy production in that country.

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Solar-charged electric cars are no panacea


Peter Charles' documentary, Zeitgeist: Moving forward, calls for socal change far beyond individuals driving around in solar-charged electric vehicles, a solution that, while it would result in virtually no pollution, would not rid us of the massive traffic jams that plague modern society.

editors-blog-entry3So, I haven't posted anything to SolarChargedDriving.Com in about a week. I'll confess part of this is the fact that I've lost some of my solar-charged 'mojo' after 3 1/2 years of doing this site and still having only home solar but no EV.

I don't have an EV to add to our 5.59 kW worth of solar PV here in sunny Aurora, Colo., because we're likely going to be in Germany from August 2013 to August 2014, and it made no sense to buy, or lease, an EV (which have been available for a bit over a year in Colorado) when we knew we were going to be away for awhile.

But simply because I've lost some of my mojo here on SolarChargedDriving.Com -- in my own defense, there are more than 1,200 entries and stories on the site, many of which are still completely timely, relevant and helpful to those still discovering solar-charged driving -- doesn't mean I'm still not surfing about on the Internet, spreading my own brand of environmental and EV + PV activism ;-)

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China choking on air pollution from fossil fuels

china-clean-coalSo much for the myth of "clean coal", eh?

Have Santa stuff solar in your stocking this year

solar-in-stockingWhat are you getting in your stocking this X-mas?

Or, maybe, better put, what are you using to power the Christmas lights you turn on so Santa can find your stocking ;-)

This Christmas, make sure Santa stuffs solar in your stocking, and chuck that whole coal thing altogether. No more dirty stockings, or, for that matter, dirty air, right?

Cheers, and Merry Christmas from SolarChargedDriving.Com!

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