. When I wrote this in August 2008 oil companies were pushing the idea that ofshore drilling was our only practical solution to the rising price of fuel. Well, it isnt. With Photo VOltaic solar panels on our roofs we can meet Al Gore's challenge and stop using oil to light our homes by 2010. And wind and wave power should be developed as well, on a large scale.
In the interests of shoreline wildlfe and recreational uses of our US beaches, offshore drilling was discontinued years ago. You know that THE GREEDY OIL COMPANIES have hundreds of thousands of acres of exising land leases, but they DON't WANT TO DRILL IN THEIR EXISTING OIL FIELDS. They think that our panic will cause us to pressure our reps to allow offshore drilling, and though they have plenty of places to drill, they will save those for later ....but they want those offshore permissions while they might have the uninformed support of the American public..
What can you do? Pressure your senators and congressmen at every level to start making it easier for individuals and solar installation companies to operate. Nuclear never had to play on a level playing field, every single plant in the US (and all the other countries) was MASSIVELY SUBSIDIZED by the government. When the government subsidies dried up, so did the interest in building them. And it didnt help when no one could agree on which Nevada dumping site we were going to put all the waste in....especially Nevada. If you are too young to remember, I suggest you go look up the history on this. Or just look up---sun power and wind power are free! No one can corner the market. Halliburton and D*** Cheney do not profit from solar and wind and wave power. AND THAT children, is why clean energy sources have been SOOOOO neglected for SOOOOO long.
Okay, gas prices are down somewhat, but in Hawaii in April 2009 we are still paying $2.59 a gallon. And the BAD thing about lower prices at the pump is that there is less pressure to harvest wind and solar energy. DOn't people realize that oil prices will rise again, and it is still the Middle East nations who are profitting. But arabs cannot corner the market in solar or wind, so why wait. Let's get ourselves refitted and thumb our noses at OPEC.. Let's put solar panels on all flat roofed government buildings, using the stimulous funds to hire people at reasonable wages to install them. And Amtrak, those flat roofed rail cars are a PERFECT place to put solar panels. Moving solar panels collect energy from the sun too, except when going through a tunnel or a rainstorm, so just think, without the expense of big batteries the train pwoers itself! Pass the word. Pressure your congressman. Elect liberal female senators!