Politics of sun & fossil fuels

Energy 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.

Free gas!

Yes, you can fuel your car for free -- if you invest in home solar and an electric car! How? You pay upfront for your solar 'gas station', allow it to reach so-called 'solar payback' the point in time at which the money you spent on the solar system = the amount you would have paid to a utility for your electricity, a point typically reached after five to 10 years in the United States, then you've got free gas for the lifetime of your solar gas pump which = 10, 15, even 20 years.

U.S. Congress candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez puts 100 percent renewables on major media map

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina democratic socialist from the Bronx, just beat out the longtime US representative Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic primaries. She's become a media darling since. That's great for a lot of reasons -- for more empowerment of women in American politics, more empowerment for minorities, AND more empowerment for greenies like me (and hopefully you, too).

Number of solar-charged electric vehicles continues to rise

Quite frequently someone will post to a Chevy Bolt Owner's Group on Facebook that they are solar-charging their Bolt. The picture above is an example of exactly that: Sean Palmer, a Bolt driver, showing that he's driving his EV on renewable energy. In the comment stream below the post, you can see many other people with Bolts/EVs noting that they also use solar to partially/fully charge their Bolt and/or other EV(s).