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Climate change has already severely and drastically impacted the world we live in. Natural disasters, misaligned temperatures, and mass extinction of animal species are occurring at an unprecedented pace. In light of this, the shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources is essential and, some may argue, inevitable. Solar energy is one of the low-carbon energy sources that can help the transition towards becoming carbon-neutral.

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 26, 2021

Markus, if I'm looking for the most cost-effective SUV for my family, would I bother considering a Bentley Bentayga (MSRP $160,000)? It's a beautiful vehicle, and would certainly impress clients and friends. But if my goal is to get my kids to school and soccer practice on time, and to still have enough money left to pay my exorbitant electricity bill, I'd more likely be looking at the Ford Escape ($25,500) or the Nissan Rogue ($26,600) to get the job done.

Similarly, your graph shows that countries have spent a lot of money on solar energy. But has it been a cost-effective investment? You tell me:

Global primary energy

Though there's a label for "Solar" on the above graph, it's contribution to global primary energy is invisible. Negligible. Useless, for the purpose of displacing fossil fossils making up >80% of the world's energy sources.

I think it's time for the earnest advocates of solar energy to accept that simply because the sun occasionally radiates a tiny bit of energy nearly everywhere on earth doesn't make it a cost-effective investment; that when it comes to displacing oil, or coal, or gas, it's been a pathetic failure.

I think it's time to accept that there's no more time to waste.

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Markus Dirnbacher on Dec 1, 2021

Bob, what will humanity (not us) do, once fossil fuels are used up? 



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Bob Meinetz on Dec 1, 2021


"...what will humanity (not us) do, once fossil fuels are used up?"

Markus, that's anyone's guess. But with over 100 billion barrels of oil still lying underneath the sands of Saudi Arabia alone I believe humanity would never survive long enough to extract and burn every last drop. Centuries earlier, dwindling food supplies and rising sea levels, casualties of climate change, would lead to mass starvation and armed conflict. What would happen at that point no one knows. But safe to say, it wouldn't be pretty.

I'm more convinced than ever it comes down to a choice between nuclear energy and fossil fuels. But if continued reliance on fossil fuels will guarantee our extinction, it isn't much of a choice after all. Is it?

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