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The Solar Initiative: 35 Years in the Non-Making

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> A large decentralized solar PV presence will end the energy monopolies' ability to control the energy markets. It can END our dependence on foreign oil. It can END the wars for oil and insure another never happens for reasons of "Energy". A Solar Initiative can give us back our country by re-creating a strong middle class and manufacturing sector, creating many new entrepreneurs. It can give us back the ability to control the economy from Main Street again and no longer be fully controlled by the dangerous and highly questionable speculations of Wall Street. It can end the tilted playing field we now have towards the giant trans-national corporate entities whose market shares and positions never change decade after decade (a highly improbable situation in actual free markets)... and insure, for the first time in over 100 years, that there is true competition and real innovation in the energy sector" TRUE free markets, not the façade of them. REAL change for alternative energy, not continual lies and meaningless gestures designed only to placate temporarily and provide false hope during election season.

> This is the badly needed component to make Electric Vehicles worth the trouble and cost! GOOD CLEAN ENERGY to re-charge our electric cars and trucks; that does not cause pollution or dangerous radiation risks. The wish for a clean, safe, and prosperous future for our children needs no talking points "bullet" for us to remember! But it does require us to understand the inherent risks of blindly continuing on a proved-wrong path.

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Over a century years ago, there was another major sea-change for America to deal with. It was the end of the horse-and-buggy era in transportation, replaced by the "Age of Oil", and the rise of automobiles. The readers can please consider this: If the Horse and Buggy Lobby, and the Washington Lobbies for "Oats and Hay" (meaning the analog of the "Energy" lobby in Congress back in those days), were as incredibly strong and influential as the Energy Lobbies and their allies are today in the United States... we would still be driving either horse and buggy's, or cars designed to only burn "hay and oats" for fuel one hundred years later. Because these huge corporate profits in the energy sector, larger than any ever before seen in history, are what's keeping the present paradigm in place in perpetuity. It is important to note this situation is wholly "Political", and has nothing to do with "Science" (especially when we know solar photovoltaic has been a commercially available technology for over 30 years now)... And it no longer has to do with "consumer desire": Americans want affordable, clean, and safe energy, this is beyond question. It is just that no one is ever asking them these questions in nationwide polls because "no one" wants to hear the answer.

This dangerous current situation regarding Energy frankly has to do mostly with "Corruption". Corruption and undue Influence both holds the current paradigm in place, and insures there are no challenges to it... no viable alternatives like a de-centralized Solar Initiative being discussed, or ever even mentioned these days in Congress; while a fission nuclear "renaissance", that only benefits some of the most wealthy corporations ever seen, like General Electric (whose proved-faulty reactors were in part responsible for the Fukushima Fission Nuclear Disaster), and that put us all at risk, as well as frankly absurd industry pork barrel opportunity for endless corporate welfare such as "Clean Coal" ( a complete oxymoron and physical impossibility)" are the only "solutions" being considered.

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This corruption and undue influence has created a bizarro surrealistic landscape and "parallel universe" now: Where grown men and women openly pretend that the only options that exist for energy are coal, oil, methane, and fission nuclear... "coincidentally", the only means with lobbies and big wallets behind them. So we have only the choices of being irradiated by gamma rays, having our water tables destroyed by "fracking", or being poisoned by benzene, sulfuric acid compounds, and dozens of other proved-harmful and dangerous carcinogenic chemicals.

They claim we have no choice but to endure more Fukushima Fission Nuclear Disasters that lower our life expectancies from future risk of Cancer and cause birth defects, more BP Gulf Disasters with huge wildlife kill-offs greatly magnified by the use of poisonous dispersants that also make many local residents ill, more Alberta Oil Sand environmental nightmares, more mountaintop removals polluting hundreds of square miles, more poorly-maintained Alaska Pipelines rusting away and spilling greater amounts of oil each year, more ancient hardwood forests being killed-off by acid rain, more of the Amazon Basin's and Niger Delta's ecological destruction without any laws to protect nature and the people living there... all so we can continue on as before; pretending there is nothing wrong and that major and meaningful change in how we produce our energy is not inevitable and completely unavoidable.

And indeed this must change: Because this is not just about corporate shenanigans and smirking "winks and nods" any more" it is about the future of our entire species. Yes: It really has gotten that bad, the statement is not hyperbole: Just ask a Gulf of Mexico coastal area resident made ill by dispersant and oil, or a Japanese citizen forced to leave their radioactive village. Ask an indigenous person in Ecuador who's tribe's Amazon ancestral home was destroyed by Big Oil corruption and rampant pollution, a mother in Africa who's children and parents died from oil's poisons... an environmentalist tagging dolphins and endangered sea turtles washed up dead on a Florida beach.

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Every time we ignore these events, because they don't touch us personally, we are "rewarded" with another one closer to home . And the time to act, to change the current energy paradigm, is now. Before the 40-year old "Vermont Yankee" nuclear power station (identical in design and operation to the ones melting down in Fukushima), or a new replacement, is the forth major -- and worst yet-- fission nuclear disaster taking the lives of a hundred million people. Before another BP Gulf Disaster kills off already-highly stressed ecosystems for ever... before millions more people die from benzene poisoning and cancer than do now already in cities all over the world from poisonous Diesel fumes.

So then, how is a Solar Initiative to be formulated? What points and actions must it contain to be successful? First, there must be real incentive for homeowners and small businesses across the country to install solar PV systems; including serious tax breaks and no-interest Guaranteed Loans. The money invested here by the government, can be gotten back fairly quickly in a re-vitalized economy with lower Unemployment, Food Stamp, and Public Assistance rolls; and the newly-swelling income and corporate tax revenue from an economy waking up from economic Depression; with secondary benefits percolating out to many other sectors such as "Retail", Tourism, and the Housing industry. Second, there must be incentives and further help for Industry to start-up, tool-up, and open up our now-deserted factories across the country; manufacturing and bringing in the machinery needed to produce solar panels efficiently and cheaply in massive quantities, as well as all the associated electronics and hardware needed for "Grid Tie" operation and installation. It's a tall order; and a Big Job. But Americans have done more ambitious tasks, and have done so with great success time and again. We can do this in less time, and for less cost, than any other "solution" now being discussed by Congress: Germany's fine example proves it beyond question.

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