He’s Right, You Know
President Obama has talked a lot about solar and wind energy. I’ve seen it work beautifully. It’s not feasible in every state, but both would work well in Nevada.
If you’ve lived for a full year in northern Nevada, you know about the wind. And with the statistical data about our number of mostly sunny days, solar is a given.
I was watching the local news a couple of nights ago. A female field reporter was doing a “piece” on solar energy. After her interviews were finished, she made the statement that it wouldn’t work well enough in our area. The problem with her statement was who she interviewed. She was talking to executives for Chevron Oil, who apparently built a solar facility and claimed it was inadequate.
Another case of bad reporting by our local networks here in the Reno area.
The truth of it all is that it’s extremely effective. I personally know a house to the south of me that has an array of solar panels. These panels produce enough energy that they actually sell some to N.V. Energy. If you’ve ever been to Palm Springs, you’ve seen windmill farms that have been very effective for years. When I was living in north county San Diego in 1978, I was visiting a friend. As he was giving me a tour, I asked him what the black things on his roof were. He told me they were solar collectors, designed to heat water flowing through them. He said that their pool and hot water were using the system. They never paid for heating their water.
There is a casino here in Reno that has converted its entire system away from using the gas and electric company, N.V. Energy. Our city government is using solar panels in areas whenever possible.
Fossil fuels will run out someday, there is no question about it. And without the oil companies building more refineries, the cost will continue to rise. Republicans have close friends in the oil and coal companies. Need I say more?
Mr. Obama is right. I listened to Ted Turner on “CBS This Morning” today. When he was asked who he would vote for, he said “the President”. His reasons were many, feeling he has done a good job for what he inherited. And he also said he thought his environmental position is much better than Romney’s. I think he’s probably right.