Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Clean Energy SHOULD NOT be a Debatable Issue

All we need is:
I would like to share a recent email communication with a politically oriented friend:

An email from my friend:

Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 9:06 PM
To: Myself
Subject: RE: America Zealots, an existential threat to America and the world...... Whose responsibility?


Sunday I spoke brieftly with Dr. Jill Stein at the climate rally in DC about using the RW previously acquired for the pipeline as an energy corridor.  She liked the idea, saying so twice.  Your thoughts?

I think every room should have an led glow from simple collectors.... so don't have to have the ceiling light on sometimes.

Don't we need to strive for wind and solar?

My reply to my friend:

Dear (Friend),

How would you see the “energy corridor” being utilized?

LEDs are a superior and world changing development for lighting. It’s not even necessary to try to expend the energy to shape them into the form of obsolete technologies, like A-19 bulbs or fluorescent tubes. I have used them on projects as indirect lighting in reflective lighting troughs like crown mold. LEDs can be purchased in tape strips very inexpensively.

Yes, we do need to continue to pursue wind and solar. The real problem is that we are stuck in the idea of pursuing these resources within the outmoded paradigm of mass production utilizing the power grid. Surprisingly, it is analogous to trying to make LEDs look and perform like antiquated light bulbs. Both wind and solar generated electricity is far more efficient in smaller installations where we do not have to contend with the “convenience” costs of mega-scale transmission and distribution.

I am advocating a major paradigm shift here that would put hundreds of thousands of construction worker back to work installing small property based generating systems to supplement our growing energy demands. We already have in place in many states a sustainable loan program that could accomplish such an effort. Look up the P.A.C.E. program (Property Assessed Clean Energy) on Google. Currently, big banks and mortgage institutions like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are opposed to such programs because they might stand even further back than local governments on mortgage defaults. The current stumbling block could easily be overcome by Congress.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to express my ideas,