One of many misconceptions about solar energy is that it can't meet real-world energy needs, or, if it could, that we'd need to cover the whole world in solar panels in order to produce enough energy to power the modern world.
Not true. And not true.
Just see the above graphic, which elegantly makes clear how much more space the extraction of oil and gas takes than solar.
And, of course -- as well as ideally, I'm a big fan of rooftop and parking lot solar -- you can put solar panels in cities, on houses, buildings, and over parking lots.
You can't do that with oil and gas wells, though, sadly, with the mad rush to fracking, oil and natural gas drilling is encroaching on suburban and urban areas here in Colorado, and elsewhere, besmirching the landscape, and threatening our water supplies.
It's rather convenient for the oil and gas industries that the negative health consequences that fracking is virtually certain to produce will show up years, if not decades, after the drilling, isn't it?
Which is all the more reason we need to move off of oil and gas and onto solar -- which we can put on our home rooftop without worrying whether it will destroy the local water supply -- as quickly as possible.
- Who do you want: Mr. Solar or Mr. Oil & Mr. Coal?
- A fuel spill we can all live with: Solar
- I'm a renewable energy voter
- America's addiction to oil is un-American
Web blogs by current solar-charged drivers
-- Peder Norby's Electric BMW ActiveE Blog
-- Darell Dickey's EV Nut Web Site
-- Doug Korthof's Live Oil Free Pages
-- The Solar-Charged Electric Car Page
-- Solar Power and Electric Cars
-- Sun Powered EVs
-- Ecogeeco Web Site