I’m sure that this is the idea behind it in a sense, but it’s apparently also illegal to hook up (for example) a power generator to a barn that is completely off the power grid, unless that power generator gets connected to the grid. My father looked into this briefly, in fact, to see if it would be worthwhile to add this kind of power to his barn.
Well, it’s awful easy to overestimate politicians. That’s either really stupid…..or suspicious.
Wind and solar power ( let me put my big boy pants on…) will never be able to supply industrial processes. It is possible to run a household but it would be very iffy in the northern climates. When ever people talk about wind and solar it always seems to be about the potential…and on the horizon and just around the corner….and not very often is the disappointing reality ever extolled. Stop with the hatred…we are blessed with oil, gas and coal…without these forms of energy our lives would be bleak and stern and tedious.
“If man was supposed to fly God would have given him wings.” “Antiseptic procedures are dangerous to patients.” “The sun goes around the earth.”
I’d be cautious with the word “never”. In fact, solar energy actually does supply most industrial processes. We’re functioning on ancient reservoirs of solar energy laid down eons ago. That’s what oil, gas and coal are.
Regardless of their current convenience, oil, gas and coal are finite resources and problematic ones. Even if climate scientists are totally wrong for some extremely unlikely reason, there are a host of other pollution and environmental issues with extracting and burning fossil fuels, and they will run out. Maybe not in my lifetime, or yours, but for the sake of future generations and the planet they will inherit it seems wise to invest in developing alternative, cleaner energy forms. Almost no technology is immediately profitable or efficient, and any emergent technology will run down dead end paths, so I’m willing to cut the alternative energy developers a little slack. In my opinion, it’s a far more justifiable way to create jobs and run up the national debt, ensure energy and a decent planet, than enlarging the military industrial complex so that we can maintain control of a dwindling resource by force of arms.
As far as life being bleak, stern and tedious: We’ve developed our technology and society around only a century of cheap, cheap energy. In our solutions we often look to power, rather than finesse and elegant design. (I’m thinking specifically of the SUV, the rotary lawn mower, suburbia, and agriculture in general). With the rapid advance of technology, particularly computing power, materials, and genetics I believe we have the potential, if we choose, to create a fascinating, comfortable, secure, and efficient world. One in which we will probably be able to control the climate to some degree. The only reason I really wish I was younger is that it would be likely that I could be more of a participant than the observer I am now.