In Oklahoma, we know what the energy sector means. We also innately know how efficient the oil and gas industry is. Our state booms and busts with each cycle of oil prices. We whine when gasoline prices are high, but we all prosper then. We all rejoice when gasoline prices go down, but then we start noticing the pinch most everywhere else.
Wind and solar don’t help, but plenty of politicians and interests groups make the case anyway. Solar just isn’t up to the challenge of large scale power production. It never will be. It is, needing only more time to mature, useful, and it will be significant in specialized applications. Wind, however, is just a waste. It is good for lonely pumping stations. That is about it.
We must continue with coal, and we must embrace nuclear. It isn’t our only hope; it is the only possibility. It is the only thing that keeps our children alive long enough to know their own great grandchildren.
Guest post by David Middleton
The number of U.S. jobs in solar energy overtook those in oil and natural gas extraction for the first time last year, helping drive a global surge in employment in the clean-energy business as fossil-fuel companies faltered.
Employment in the U.S. solar business grew 12 times faster than overall job creation, the International Renewable Energy Agency said in a report on Wednesday. About 8.1 million people worldwide had jobs in the clean energy in 2015, up from 7.7 million in 2014, according to the industry group based in Abu Dhabi.
Why is this newsworthy? Energy production is not a jobs program. The fact it takes more people to provide for 1% of our energy consumption than it takes to provide for 52% (67% if imported oil is included) is not a positive aspect of solar power.
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