Solar No Longer An Alternative Energy Source

Posted on Aug 2 2011 at 12:35:36 PM in Engineering

Solar No Longer An Alternative Energy Source

And you thought the real estate bubble and three wars was hard on the economy — just wait for the environmental bubble to burst — which is looking more and more likely to happen in our lifetimes.

An article today in the BBC reveals a terrifying report that explains how human activity’s cumulative effect on the oceans is far worse than scientists within each genre had realized and that the changes are occurring far more rapidly.

The article describes in no uncertain terms how environmental changes are happening right now at a faster rate than scientists anticipated even a few years ago. Mr. Hoegh-Guldberg, a scientist from Australia, explained, “So if you look at almost everything, whether it’s fisheries in temperate zones or coral reefs, or Arctic sea ice, all of this is undergoing changes, but at a much faster rate than we had thought.”

Oxford professor Alex Rogers explained, “What we’re seeing is unprecedented in the fossil record — the environmental changes are much more rapid.”

The article concludes with a shocking statement that passing the environmental buck to the next generation is not an option. Mr. Hoegh-Guldberg says, “We have to bring CO2 emissions down to zero within about 20 years.”

The depressing article has one bright spot, a photo of a solar panel suggesting clean energy as a major part of the solution to cutting CO2. In the five short years since we founded Lighthouse Solar, solar energy has changed from an alternative energy source to a mandatory energy source.

Essentially, the race is on to see whether we can change our energy consumption/waste production paradigm fast enough. What this article told me is that the time for debate and political posturing of environmental issues is over. It is time to make significant, meaningful changes right now. End the three wars we can’t afford, invest even a tenth of the daily cost of the wars in clean energy, and America would be well on the way to leading the world out of the energy bubble before it bursts.

Photo of Lighthouse Solar installers completing solar power systems at Red Oak Park, a new solar-powered subdivision in Boulder Colorado.

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Created: Aug 2 2011 at 12:35:36 PM
Updated: Aug 2 2011 at 12:35:36 PM
Category: Engineering
Language: English