Um... nope. It comes to the surface all by itself, honey. Once it gets to the surface it heats shit up pretty much at will. Once you cover up whatever you don't want the sun to heat up for free, that stuff cools down. Magic.<quoted text>
Solar Energy is free in the same sense that oil is free where all you have to do is bring it to the surface.
Children like ImaginaryDave need to grow up into adulthood.
But here's the real trick: how do you teach a bunch of morons that just because you're already on one path you should go back and go down another, no matter how painful or redundant it feels to go backwards for a time? How do you teach people who are fundamentally stupid that the exertions of those who came before them may only be of value in appreciating the scope of a particular mistake? Fossil fuel use is a mistake. It's been useful, essentially free, for nearly a century and it took a lot of pressure off the whales you gotta admit. But the show's over now, and, as usual, America will be the last one to admit it; we're suckers for lost causes.