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Monday, March 25, 2019

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, America had almost no paved roads outside the cities. One of the early owners’ biggest headaches was tires punctured by horseshoe nails left on the road.

“Forget about this car thing,” Ford’s detractors might have said. “We don’t believe in government subsidies for road paving, and we’re protecting the pony cart makers. Anyhow, less than 1 percent of Americans even travel by car.”

Today’s can’t-doers must have been surprised this month when Tesla, the electric-car innovator, drove past Ford Motor Co. in market value while nipping at the heels of General Motors. Both Ford and GM have been doing well of late, but investors have flocked to Tesla stock as a growth rocket. (Days before, Tesla founder Elon Musk’s SpaceX company launched — and landed! — a real rocket.)

All this follows years of conservatives’ carping against Tesla and green energy initiatives. In 2015, the conservative Daily Caller website panned Tesla thusly:

“Liberal entrepreneur Elon Musk’s business ventures have benefited from nearly $5 billion in government subsidies in the past few years, but apparently that’s not enough taxpayer support to stop his electric car business from losing $4,000 on every vehicle it sells.”

IMAGE: Employees carry solar panels at a solar power plant in Aksu, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, in this May 18, 2012 file photo.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files 

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11 responses to “Mired In The Present, They Won’t Seize The Clean Energy Future”

  1. FireBaron says:

    Accusing Teflon Donnie and his accomplices of “intelligence”? Nah, not one of them has ever demonstrated a functional clue.

    • dbtheonly says:

      FB,

      Just saw that world renewable generation is 161GW & looking to hit 200GW this year.

      The “invisible hand” is whacking Trump upside the head.

      • johninPCFL says:

        “upside the head” is true. Unfortunately there’s no brain inside!

        • dpaano says:

          Same goes for Session and Pruitt and the other billionaire cronies that are attempting to run this country…..into the ground (if they have their way about it)!

      • Independent1 says:

        What is interesting is that Republicans against solar energy would like us to believe that solar is only a good energy source for southern states. While European countries like Germany and even some Scandinavian countries have achieved 30-50+% renewable energy from wind, solar, hydro and others as a norm.

        And in fact, about a year ago on a Sunday, Germany had so much extra renewable energy that renewables had hit 87% of the power being used that day and they were actually offering to pay people to use more; and you need to keep in mind that Berlin, Germany is 6 degrees latitude north of Bismark, ND and 8 degrees north of Bangor, ME. Proving the less than smart convoluted GOP thinking of it’s only in the south were solar is worth installing or maybe they’re just trying to pull another deliberate attempted GOP con job on their clueless masses(or probably both).

        See this from qz.com:

        Germany had so much renewable energy on Sunday (5/8/16) that it had to pay people to use electricity

        On Sunday, May 8, Germany hit a new high in renewable energy generation.Thanks to a sunny and windy day, at one point around 1pm the country’s solar, wind, hydro and biomass plants were supplying about 55 GW of the 63 GW being consumed, or 87%.

        Last year (in 2015) the average renewable mix was 33%, reports Agora Energiewende, a German clean energy think tank. New wind power coming online should push that even higher.

        “We have a greater share of renewable energy every year,” said
        Christoph Podewils of Agora. “The power system adapted to this quite
        nicely. This day shows again that a system with large amounts of
        renewable energy works fine.”

        Critics have argued that because of the daily peaks and troughs of renewable energy—as the sun goes in and out and winds rise and fall—it will always have only a niche role in supplying power to major economies. But that’s looking less and less likely. Germany plans to hit 100% renewable energy by 2050, and Denmark’s wind turbines already at some points generate more electricity than the country consumes, exporting the surplus to Germany, Norway and Sweden.

        https://qz.com/680661/germany-had-so-much-renewable-energy-on-sunday-that-it-had-to-pay-people-to-use-electricity/

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  3. dpaano says:

    The problem is that many of the workers who are currently unemployed most likely had the opportunity of retraining, but they chose to sit in their barcaloungers and do nothing, thinking that 45 would come to their rescue! The actual truth is that he can’t do anything for them….if people are no longer using coal to heat their homes or run trains, etc., then the need for coal is nonexistent If they want to get new jobs, they need to stop up and go to a vocational school to learn a new skill……not sit around and wait for something that isn’t going to happen! Progress is marching on, and they’re going to be left behind if they don’t do something for themselves and stop thinking that this president, by doing away with OSHA regulations and EPA regulations, is going to get their jobs back….it ain’t gonna happen people! Look around you and see for yourselves…..it’s a brand new world out there and you need to work to keep up! Don’t depend on a billionaire president and his billionaire cronies to bail you out of your loungers! They don’t care about you….they don’t care that you will never get your job back…..all they care about is putting money into their own pockets at the expense of a few people who insist on believing they will work miracles!

  4. ray says:

    The GOP has no vision of the future. The only thing they see is the past.

  5. Aaron_of_Portsmouth says:

    Conservatives are destined to be preserved in the tar pits of a stodgy no-nothing regressive mode of thinking and living—no imagination and total lack of creativity are hallmarks of a politically conservative approach to life. Like dinosaurs destined to perish, or Mastodons trapped in tarpit and vanished as a species, the GOP is destined to be preserved in some pool of the goo of a fuddy-duddy, stodgy, and backwards-looking attitude.

    Too fearful of change, and forever thinking short-term, Conservatives are dragging the country down with its materialist inward-looking focus, while China of all places is looking forward insofar as innovations in energy production is concerned.

    Who would have thought that an entrepreneurial society like America would get stymied in its progress by an infatuation with oil and coal and an ancient ideological philosophy called poltical Conservatism.

  6. Conservatives are destined to be preserved in the tar pits of a stodgy no-nothing regressive mode of thinking and living—no imagination and total lack of creativity are hallmarks of a politically conservative approach to life. Like dinosaurs destined to perish, or Mastodons trapped in tar pit and vanished as a species, the GOP is destined to be preserved in some pool of the goo of a fuddy-duddy, stodgy, and backwards-looking attitude.

    Too fearful of change, and forever thinking short-term, Conservatives are dragging the country down with its materialist inward-looking focus, while China of all places is looking forward insofar as innovations in energy production is concerned.

    Who would have thought that an entrepreneurial society like America would get stymied in its progress by an infatuation with oil and coal and an ancient ideological philosophy called political Conservatism. Some future historians will find Mitch encased in amber.

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