Re: Climatologists Can't Explain Why Global Warming Has Slowed Down
posted at 3/31/2013 12:19 PM EDT
In response to Sistersledge's comment:
skeeter who said anything about covering every inch of land in the country with solar panels ? The photo states that the sum of money that was spent in the two wars were combined it could pay to install solar panels on EVERY HOME in the USA and save the tax payers hundreds of billions dollars per year.
So what are you implying ..... that we don't possess the technology to do it or are you just writing nonsense ?
Not implying anything, just stating fact. Solar panels are not very efficient, and there is not enough surface area/sunlight to meet our energy needs. In this I assume you mean fixed panels, whihc are at optimal efficiency only a couple hours a day. Sure there have been claims that you could provide all the energy needs with a 100 square miles, or so, but these are high output salt or vacumn tube technologies. they are quite expensive. Which leads me to my last point: Cost:
Let's stipulate that your concept woudl work, that you can provide all the power needs for each and every home by putting up solar panels.
The average cost to install solar panels on a home is $55,000.
The number of homes in the U.S. is about 91 million.
Which means that we need $5 trillion to install these panels, leaving logistics of producing these panels aside.
So, where does a country $17 trillion in debt get $5 trillion hard cash?
And, installing solar panels on each hous in the U.S. is NOT cheaper than the two wars, by a long shot.
This is the sound of your bubble being burst: