Introduction…The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is trying to move the market to solar, green energy.
Department of Energy’s intentions…DOE is setting aside $32 million to promote new jobs in research in the effort to accelerate the transition to cleaner energy. Part of the money, $12 million, wil be to train other professionals in related fields such as real estate, insurance, finance, and fire and safety.
Currently, there are more jobs in installing solar panels than jobs in the coal industry. But, the abundance of cheap natural gas as a result of Fracking has reduced the demand for coal, not solar energy.
The Government’s solar track record…Our taxpayer $500 million support of the now bankrupt California startup Solundra embarrassed the Obama administration. We all want clean energy. But, the problem with solar is that the sun does not shine 24 hours a day and you can’t store electricity. So, we always need a second energy source, greatly increasing the consumers’ cost of energy.
In conclusion…It seems to me that the DOE has not produced one barrel of oil or one kilowatt of electricty. Maybe they should stick to regulations.
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Sources: “U.S. Energy Department To Invest $32 Million In Solar Jobs,” OilPrice by Andy Tully, May 28, 2015