Originally Posted by MacRR
Well, save the lack of putting econ 101 together- I applaud your wit. well, nah...
You realize computers used to be the domain of the rich.....
...an cell phones.
nah-- let's pretend to stay in the exact present because this today is how everyday going forth will be. Nothing ever changes. Never ever ever. The economics of supply and demand don't apply to solar panels. In ten years, no matter how many people adopt the technology- even poor people in Mississippi won't in tarnation know and love the benefits of solar power. There's no way the tech will get better, cheaper, and more efficient. Never ever EVER. That tech will stay exactly the same as it presently is.
And since I can afford it- I should stifle it's growth and pass on purchasing solar power just so I am never ever better than some poor piece of hiller ass in Mississippi.... oh wait....
I already am better, so I may as well bust out the check book. They'll thank me in ten years.....
There's your smug alert in effect, sarge
We are pretty much DOOMED to stay in the same place. Why? Because it's CHEAPER TODAY!
It's called GLOBAL WARMING, it's a GLOBAL problem, it needs a GLOBAL solution.
I talked to the SMUG people in this thread about poor people here in the USA and what they will ever be able to afford. Solar will never replace fossil fuels, solar will always cost more, no matter what economics of scale you apply, as long as fossil fuels exist. It's basic physics, low energy density fuel versus high energy density fuel!
The GLOBAL population largely consists of POOR people.
Where do most of those POOR people live? India, China, Indonesia, Africa, etcetera.
What are India and China doing to meet their energy needs? Bringing online coal fired power plants at a pace of better than one per week! Coal is by far the worst fossel fuel in terms of CO2 emissions. High sulphur coal (the most plentiful) produces 4 tons of CO2 for each ton burned! China and India are also increasing per capita usage of petroleum at a higher rate than any other countries. Who got a pass in the Kyoto accords? China and India, which last time I checked had the largest populations!
Dude, you need to do some basic math, do some basic homework, before you think solar power is the magic pill to the global warming problem.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for solar R&D and general investments in solar infrastructure and tax credits/incentives, but at THIS time (particularly) it would need heavy government subsidies to create a large reasonably cost effective market here in the USA, notwithstanding the rest of the 3rd world, which is, you know, basically POOR!
So in closing, based on your reply, the EPA still hasn't lifted their Smug Alert for this thread!
PS - To all those smug people (and anyone else) who can afford more costly energy alternatives that have lower CO2 emissions, by all means, make my day!