Solar energy is a booming business in the most technologically advanced nations on the planet, and unlike in previous decades, the United States is among the leaders in the rapidly advancing industry. Contrary to popular belief, solar power has become the fastest growing industry in the nation, despite the continued objectionable existence of congressional obstructionists that still deny the notion of global warming.
Solar power is here to stay. While the United States had fallen far behind other countries like Germany and China in solar panel production and implementation in years past, the tide seems to be turning as the economical, ecological, and political benefits of solar power can no longer be ignored or dismissed by the right wing fanatics that have, for years, denied climate change as part of a pattern of denying that a demand for alternative sources of fuel even existed. While many on the right have changed their tune recently, the latest influx of 100 new teabagging Republican dolts in congress includes about half that are unbelievably still climate change skeptics. This serves to prove that big oil companies have not lost their grip on some of the less virtuous of our lawmakers. So, it can be reasonably argued that, as the big oil and energy companies are beginning to see the economic merits of solar power, they should inevitably command their congressional puppets to follow suit.
American oil companies have had a long tradition of stifling the potential viability of solar power by controlling solar companies from the inside. When solar technology began to show promise in the 70′s, Big Oil decided that the best way to control the emergence of solar was to systematically buy them out. Shell Oil, Exxon, and other petroleum companies bought up solar panel manufacturers and development firms by the dozens. Exxon famously acquired Solar Power Corporation in 1977, yet still stays pretty steadfast on their course of dominating the oil market, with little intention to seriously pursue alternative fuel options that have the potential to compete with petroleum in meeting our energy needs.
Now, many other oil companies are finding it more and more difficult to avoid the economic feasibility in this market, and are expanding their operations to explore the possibilities of solar power. Some, however, still receive huge subsidies from the U.S. government, and are perfectly content with their current emissions and profitable pollutants.
Exxon, for example, has been continuously and fervently encouraged by the Rockefeller family, who still owns a sizable stock interest of the company founded by their patriarchal ancestor and industry pioneer John D. Rockefeller, to expand their exploration and assets to include alternative energy solutions like solar, but have not had much success in convincing Exxon so far.
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Those who are on board however, are being quietly rewarded as the market demand and increasingly prevalent production of photovoltaic (or PV) solar panels are proving to be a more vital energy option that is benefiting from rapidly advancing technology and lower production costs.
American solar companies currently enjoy two major advantageous changes in market desirability. For instance, a precipitous drop in the costs of production and materials for solar modules has prompted a 70% increase in installations in 2012 even though some of the more costly manufacturers have been driven out of business. Also, as the monetary costs have dropped so dramatically, the political costs of government bureaucracy are essentially all that prevents cutting the price of solar even more.
The congressional childish obstructionism, along with manufactured controversies like the Solyndra “scandal” will certainly start to lose credibility and relevance as the current boom guides the market, and not climate change deniers like Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) and Representative John Fleming (R-LA), who are just a couple of embarrassing examples of how ignorance and denial of science impede progress, and this simply cannot be allowed any longer without serious political repercussions.
Criticism on any issue from Fleming is laughable considering his credibility is repeatedly called into question. Remember the moronic congressman that angrily shared an outrageous Onion article on social media with the belief that it was factual? That was John Fleming. Inhofe needs no introduction to anyone who has studied the topic of global climate change and government. This Oklahoma yokel has been the king of global warming deniers for some time now.
The narrative in this country must change also in order for public and political tides to shift in favor of more renewable resources. During last year’s Presidential election for example, the subject of climate change never arose during the presidential debates, despite it being one of the most vital issues facing our nation and planet today. President Obama did, however, address the issue in his inaugural address stating, “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he proclaimed. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”
WATCH President Obama’s comments on climate change (story continues below):
These statements certainly garner hope for those of us who can plainly see that climate change is most surely a scientific certainty, and wholeheartedly believe that solar power’s time has finally come…for good.