According to Time, “Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday made tackling climate change one of her key goals were she to enter the White House, pledging to have more than half a billion solar panels installed nationwide by the end of her first term in office.”
I’m a Democrat. Hillary Clinton autographed my copy of her book. (Bill Clinton autographed my copy of his book, too.) I think Barack Obama will be remembered as one of our finest presidents once he’s safely out of office. In all probability I will vote for Hillary in 2016.
I’m a fan of Hillary Clinton.
I’m a huge fan of solar power. I worked in the industry and have written reports saying it has a glowing future, something I firmly believe. I actually believe that solar power can and probably will rescue us from the worst of global warming, starting around 2075.
I’m a fan of solar power.
But 500 million?
There were 123 million households in the U.S. in 2012, according to the Census Bureau.
Energy Star says there are 5.6 million commercial buildings in the U.S. and 346,000 industrial facilities.
That totals 130 million buildings, not counting buildings owned by state and local governments. Or churches.
That means that every building in America will have to have 3.84 solar panels on it.
Here are 34 of them:
I dunno. Maybe she meant modules, not panels?
I’m not a fan of pie in the sky promises that are pretty obviously undeliverable.
And in four years?
In 2007, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger introduced the California Solar Initiative with the goal of putting solar panels on 1 million California homes. Eight years later they’re at 247,060 solar projects, a good number of which predated the Initiative.
I don’t think the current subsidy structure could handle the increased volume. I’d like to know how lower than average income home owners will afford this. I’d like to know how the 30% of homes that are rented are going to negotiate between landlord and tenant.
President Obama was kneecapped by the climate activists when he came into office, forced to push the Waxman Markey Cap and Trade bill, which turned into a pork-laden monstrosity. This new initiative would do the same thing to Hillary.
I would hate to see Hillary Clinton run on a platform that includes unrealistic projections of solar growth. It would give Trump or whomever too much easy ammunition.
I’m not a fan of pushing the market faster than it can bear, nor of distorting it with budget busting tax rebates and cash subsidies.
I demand a recount!