A distinguished panel of engineers and other experts concluded that solar power is primed for exponential growth and with proper commitmentsolar energy could become the predominant fuel on earth within 20 years.
How I wish I could believe them. But every time someone
crunches the numbers, every time someone assesses the economic and political
obstacles in the way of a solar transformation of our economy, that bright
shining yellow ball that sustains life on earth ends up as so much pie in the
sky. For example, thisNY
Times articlecites a DOE official as saying, at best, solar energy
might provide as much as 2-3% of our power needs in a quarter-century. Plenty
of other analysts think even that projection is overly optimistic.
I want to believe differently, truly I do. I hope that panel
of experts is right and all the skeptics are wrong. But I can’t shake the feeling
that this is like believing in Peter Pan or Superman to rescue us from the
harsh realities of the world.
Dawn Of A Solar Era?
September 2, 2009