I don’t know where HuffPo gets these loons but apparently they’ll let any delusional loon write for them. James Turner, a Greenpeace Media Officer, whatever that means, wrote an article crying about BP pulling the plug on their solar business.
In his first paragraph, he writes, “We all knew, deep in our hearts, that this company’s love affair with alternative energy was never more than a casual flirtation.”
According to Bloomberg, “BP Plc is exiting the solar business after 40 years,….” A casual flirtation? More like an extended courtship.
Turner goes on to state, “What BP did this week is to admit that it will play no part in what is likely to be the defining energy source of the 21st century.” Lol, no, it isn’t. Like BP, the rest of the world has been at developing solar energy for several decades. And what do we have to show for all of this? I mean other than a horrible trade imbalance with China……….. All of the investment throughout the years, the tax subsidies, the research and development, all of this and we get 1488 thousand megawatthours in net generation. Now, this sounds like a lot, but lets compare this to other renewables.
- Geothermal, 12,491
- Biomass, 42,443
- Wind, 86,301
Non-biogenic municipal solid waste, batteries, chemicals, hydrogen, pitch, purchased steam, sulfur, tire-derived fuel, and miscellaneous technologies. Well, they generated 8280 thousand megawatthours
So, even the other alternative energy sources produce much more than solar will ever hope to. It barely produces 1% of what alternatives produce. Now, let’s compare that production with more traditional sources of energy.
- Blast furnace gas, propane gas etc… 8392 thousand megawatthours (Ok, its not traditional, but its on the sheet.)
- Petrolium, 22,504
- Hydro, 258,949 thousand megawatthours (minus 554 from pumped storage)
- Nuclear, 590,560
- Nat Gas 775,273
- Coal 1,353,490
Solar will have to increase its production almost 1000 fold before it becomes the defining energy source of anything. I think after 40+ years the world has devoted to this idea, we can say it isn’t going to happen. We need to stop wasting all of this time, money, and brainpower on this stuff.
All numbers in thousand megawatthours. Numbers are 2011 YTD Sept. Source, http://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/excel/epmxlfilees1_b.xls