100 square miles of solar Panels in the desert…..

….could provide enough energy for the entire USA! At least that is what an HBO documentary called “Too hot to Handle” reiterated. It was an awesome and informative show and if you ever get a chance to see it – take the time to do so.

The warming of the earth is festered by this: The phenomenon whereby the earth’s atmosphere traps solar radiation, caused by the presence in the atmosphere of gases such as carbon dioxide, water vapor, and methane that allow incoming sunlight to pass through but absorb heat radiated back from the earth’s surface.

I lay much of the blame of this mess the earth on our manufacturers and corporations. We can be told on a daily basis what to do to help correct the earth’s woes right now, but until these folks stop producing their share of greenhouse gases ( gases, such as water vapor, carbon dioxide, tropospheric ozone, nitrous oxide, and methane, that are transparent to solar radiation but opaque to longwave radiation. Their action is similar to that of glass in a greenhouse), we are literally screwed!

“Buy hybrid cars, recycle, etc.” Get real. Not everyone can afford a hybrid car. Why do manufacturers keep building car, after car, after car, after car – if they want us to keep our driving to a minimum?

Why do manufacturers keep putting 5 pills in a gigantic plastic container – and putting out tons of items (water bottles, mayo bottles, a etc.) in plastic containers!

Turn our air conditioners up, turn the lights off……..surely there is no waste of energy between the multi-billion dollars conglomerates in the USA. Just like no one is out of work because the corporations have moved to China, Mexico, Taiwan, Laos, etc. etc. to hire CHEAP labor.

We are told to change our ways and use less gas. Do congressmen? Do our politicians? Here’s a question I don’t know the answer to, and would like to know. If you know, kindly let me know. 1. Do jets cause emissions that are deadly to our planet? I really don’t know. If you know, please share that information with us.

I do know that old school buses do – but most school districts can little afford
new buses. The pressure to drive MORE is enhanced by the advertisers. Don’t you think the upcoming generation wants to have their own fast sports car?

Let’s cut down more of the rain forests for the almighty dollar. We are literally
killing our own oxygen supply. I don’t mean you or me. I mean the big money people.

There. I have voiced a few thoughts on some subjects that are relevant to
our lives. What do you think? Anyone out there have something to share?

Now I am going to take a deep breath and relax a bit. Talking about concerns, getting it out, always helps an individual to feel better. It’s better to discuss things than to implode…..and who knows, in discussion perhaps a resolve will manifest.

6 Responses to “100 square miles of solar Panels in the desert…..”

  1. Jersey Guy Says:

    It is stunning to me that you’ve had no comments on a subject as current and as important as this. I think that you are spot-on in your assessment that ordinary folks are being asked to do all of the heavy lifting on this problem while the corporation fight new environmental restrictions every step of the way. Take corporate contributions out of the political process. Make them flat illegal. Within a few election cycles, you will see a very positive change in the political environment.

    R.

  2. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    I am a tad surprised too. Thanks for your thoughts on this – they are exactly correct; I concur. Appreciate your taking the time to respond.
    Have a beautiful day!

  3. Jared Says:

    hey im jared and i do think this is good information for an assignment because i am doing mine on solar panel so i thank you for this information and yes this is a great website

  4. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Thanks Jared! Appreciate your wonderful encouragement about the site!
    Good luck on your assignment!

  5. Robert Moen Says:

    The idea that a 100 square miles of solar arrays will power the USA is woefully inaccurate. The original thought, I think, referred to the energy that falls on that space. Our ability to capture that energy is another story. The numbers I’ve seen say it would take a solar farm of at least 2,500 sq.miles. …and keep in mind solar panels only produce max power about 2,000 hours a year.

  6. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Thank you for your input and information! I am certainly not an expert in these matters and I did think it sounded pretty astounding. The energy that I am personally an expert at capturing is POSITIVE energy:). I think solar power is very important but do like the clarity you offered on this specific post. Thanks again!

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