I hate to keep harping on this, but my frustration with the “fiscal conservatives” is so overwhelming and unimaginable. They just keep beating a dead horse’s ass because of their greed and ignorance in maintaining an obviously very expensive and unsustainable energy system. It just goes against their basic principles. Here is just the top of one pile in Canada…and the same is happening here in the US, in Britain, and soon in the rest of the world. A 30% rate increase to “include ensuring obligations for used nuclear fuel management and decommissioning costs are met.” The days of cheap nuclear energy were over a long time ago. The horse died, but we’re still grooming it, keeping the stalls clean, and trying to figure out what to do with the body and the pile of manure.
At the other end of the horse, we now have a new economic battle taking form. Arizona, one of the sunniest areas of the country, with a huge peak demand for electricity, and millions of rooftops gathering sunshine, is fighting the implementation of solar energy---NOT because solar is too expensive, since thousands of homeowners are investing in their own systems, but because it impacts the economics of the local utilities. Rather than praise the economic virtues of solar and shift their thinking and resources into implementing all the advantages that renewables offer, they are mouthing the Koch brothers greedy lies (they just rejoined ALEC) and keeping Arizona and the rest of the nation from moving forward into the inevitable renewable, sustainable energy future.
I’m not a Tea Party supporter, but you’ve got to give them credit for doing the right thing, even if it’s for the wrong reason.
So the bottom line today is that solar is NOT too expensive, and its price continues to come DOWN. It is now cost competitive, affordable, and in the hands of the people. The powers that be don’t like that. Too much personal freedom; less centralized regulatory control; least cost alternative. Isn’t that the mantra of a Republican fiscal conservative?
It’s getting warmer out there…!!!!!