America has huge swaths of viable solar energy generating space available. The rooftop of every flat-topped building is prime solar territory. That's not even taking into account dead space on the sides of buildings that could be filled with solar panels. And, far more efficient panels are available now than were available even 5 years ago, that increase power output while decreasing profile and weight.<quoted text>
Solar is no good. You never get your return on investment. It kills the environment and it is terribly inefficient to store. I looked into it for my home. At the Solarstore, the guy (who had a PhD) asked me if I or my neighbors had any trees. Oh, well they all have to be cut down. On large solar farms, it's even worse. You have to destroy the entire ecosystem with roads, insecticides, pesticides, and herbicides and make it basically a sterile, poisoned area where nothing can live anymore and it also creates a giant heat sink. Then you need to transport the energy and store. Bottom line, it is not cost efficient and it destroys the environment. Oil is still the best and it is natural and we have plenty of it. For alternatives, I like hydroelectric power. If we could place generating turbines in the Atlantic Gulfstream off Florida there's enough power for all of S. Florida forever. Why aren't they doing that? Greed!
Not to mention, they could also use green roofs, with soil and plants, to reduce heating/cooling costs as well as reduce ambient air temperatures, especially in large cities, where buildings increase the temperature by as much as 15 degrees Fahrenheit. Less maintenance than the tar and stone roofs, reduced energy costs, and reduced demand for energy for air conditioning for everyone around them.
And that doesn't even begin to touch LEED standards, and how few buildings even bother considering them, much less meeting or exceeding them, and how those standards could be even more stringent without a significant increase in up-front cost (but a considerable savings on the back end).
We've spent far too much money figuring out how not to be efficient, and avoid it at all costs. Why not figure out ways to be more efficient and get more out of every bit of energy we have available?