Solar Roads

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Around 2007 there was a ton of hype about the greatest new path to Green Utopia: Solar Roads. Imagine if the roads were solar panels, producing more power than they consumed? You could capture all that wasted space for low-energy solar power, and it would be great. The detractors warned that it'd be a disaster: too expensive, it would wear out, dirt would decrease efficiency, slick surface and roadways aren't a good mix, and a dozen other reasons it was a bad idea (theft, vandalism, etc). It was tried privately in small scale (like in Idaho) and was a disaster. But police states in Europe (France) and China, built a few larger scale one anyways, and they were exactly as the Greens denied and those with a clue warned, a bad fucking idea from the top to bottom. The point isn't that it was a good idea that didn't really work -- it was a bad idea that you couldn't reason with the left/Greens on, and they wasted many millions (or billions) trying to prove common sense wrong. Something to keep in mind when thinking about greens.

Solar Power
There centralized (big plant) or distributed (residential) solar power, with goals of targets or residential use. They all have different issues. While I like the idea of residential Solar Power and people not being dependent on government regulated grids, and having the ability to survive in case of natural or man made disasters, and I plan on adding it to my next home, what I don't like is lies (flim-flam), about how much Solar Power costs, or the bullshit about how "green" it is. It is not as green as the proponents pretend, and if it was cheaper, how come places that implement it at scale have higher energy costs and less reliability? Someday, it might be ready (and that may be coming in a few short years or decades), but the point is that means they've been lying for the last 30 that it had already reached cross-over. Here's some of the lies.



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