Your Questions About Solar Power International

Linda asks…

Is there an easy way out of the “OIL” mess we've gotten ourselves into?

Is there an easy way out of the “OIL” mess we've gotten ourselves into?

Oil is nearly $100 a barrel. Gas may soon reach $4 a gallon. And Americans are being bitten in almost every way imaginable by this insidious oil hydra.

Two billion people in China and India are now eager consumers. They want the cars, gadgets, and lifestyle that Westerners have claimed as a birthright for a half-century. Their growing energy appetites mean that the international petroleum market may remain tight, even if Americans — who use almost twice as much oil per day as China and India put together — cut back on imported energy.

The Middle East is raking in billions each week. At best, our so-called friends in cash-laden Saudi Arabia subsidize fundamentalist mosques and hate-filled madrassas worldwide. At worst, our enemies in petrol-rich Iran are after the bomb, send weapons into Iraq to kill Americans and fund Hezbollah jihadists.

War in Iraq, rumors of fighting in the near-future in Iran and tension on the West Bank only panic markets raise oil prices and further enrich our grinning enemies.

The nearly half-trillion dollars we will soon pay for imported oil does a lot more than prop up Russia's Vladimir Putin, Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The petrodollar drain also contributes to our trade deficits, falling dollar and a general demoralization of the American people.

Our oil habit not only makes us dependent on some creepy suppliers, but we look like fools as we work nonstop to hand over our earnings to those who are rich by an accident of sitting atop oil someone else found and developed.

There is talk in this country of a gradual transition to alternative fuels, solar power, wind machines, plug-in electric cars, and nuclear power. Supposedly Americans will soon be less dependent on imported oil — while helping to slow global warming — as we are weaned off our fossil-fuel addiction.

But let's talk about the present: If oil continues to climb, ultimately, it will change our very way of life. Hard-pressed families will shell out thousands more a year in direct transportation and heating and cooling costs, and more still as consumer prices inflate.

It may have always been unwise for commuters to buy large SUVs and V8 super cab trucks. Now, though, we may reach the point where these pricey huge vehicles will sputter to a halt. Indebted Americans will still shell out monthly payments to pay off their parked dinosaurs, only to drive them for emergency or ceremonial occasions.

Also expect rising popular anger at an asleep-at-the-wheel government that for the last 20 years should have been doing a lot more to mandate conservation, subsidize alternate fuels, encourage nuclear power and open up oil fields offshore and in Alaska.

Instead, doctrinaire free-market purists and radical environmentalists, hand in glove, for years have thwarted both conservation and exploration.

True, in a perfect world, the market would teach Detroit not to build gas-hungry big cars. Yet in the here and now, we are needlessly burning scarce fuel as too many 7,000-pound mammoths deliver single 180-pound drivers to work — while the auto industry continues on its path to irrelevance.

Meanwhile, green politicians may not want messy oilrigs off their coasts, or tankers up north among the ice and polar bears. But so far very few of them have sworn off jet travel, nice cars or ample homes.

Oil companies claim that they are only passing along escalating costs from overseas suppliers over which they have no control. But around a third of our oil is pumped here at home.

Think about it: The cost to extract oil from existing older wells is relatively fixed. For much of the 1990s and early 2000s, oil prices had been steady at between $20 and $30 a barrel (when adjusted for inflation) — and domestic oil companies did quite well. So now at near $100 a barrel, these corporations are raking additional profits of over $60 a barrel — potentially a domestic windfall of hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

Is there an easy way out of the mess we've gotten ourselves into?

Maybe a Silicon Valley genius inventor or entrepreneur will step forward with a breakthrough new energy source.

Maybe our government will start a crash project on the scale of the Manhattan Project to conserve and produce more fuels.

Maybe China and India will consider radical conservation measures.

Maybe countries like Iraq, Libya, and Russia will start reinvesting in their oil infrastructures and double production.

Maybe the Middle East will finally settle down and soothe jittery oil speculators.

Those are too many maybes to wait for while our way of life hangs in the balance. It is past time to demand from our presidential candidates, as well as the current government, exactly when and how they plan to slay this many-headed oil monster.

ssadmin answers:

Yeah, I read the op ed by that Victor Davis Hansen guy in the SF chronicle this morning (on the train as I commuted to work b/c gas is so expensive these days).

My answer is: No, there is no easy way out. Unfortunately, our global,national and even local economies runs on oil. We need to find a way to change our current automobile fleet into one that runs on something we can produce here, be that bio fuel, hydrogen, etc. That is way easier said than done though. Most experts agree there is no magic bullet, that is, there will have to be a comprehensive set of fuels which replace oil. Developing an infrastructure which sustains that for the transition between oil to this new set of fuels will be very challenging.

To the guy that said bio diesel, that is part of the solution maybe, but to switch the entire automobile/trucking fleet to a bio diesel standard would require too much crop acreage unless the internal combustion engine were made more thermodynamically efficient or replaced with something new.

Mark asks…

Do you agree with this statement?

An African campaigner and film-maker, Roy Kwesi Andrews toured the UK and was initially “”overjoyed by the ease of life that development has brought to people in the UK”” but grew angry at the way he saw his own country being held back by those in the west who profess to have his continent's best interests at heart: [quote]

“” my amazement turned to anger as the gulf between Ghana and London became apparent. I saw huge beautiful bridges and highways, underground trains, railways, buses and modern housing. I was incensed because, in Ghana, tiny, low-scale development projects are all that are on offer from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and various externally-funded NGOs.””

Roy Kwesi Andrews demanded the same level of infrastructure for his country that he saw in the west – large power stations capable of generating reliable electricity 24/7 and 365. Proper roads and bridges to carry food to market. An economy that provides enough wealth to allow people to fly abroad if they want. He said: [quote]

“”We hate being constantly subdued by nature; we are tired of dying early; we are tired of sleeping in mud huts; we are tired of walking long distances for water, food and fuel; we are tired of doing our washing by hand; we are tired of farming with hoes and cutlasses and waiting for nature to be merciful unto us. You think this way of life is ‘natural’ and happiness-inducing? Then you should try it out.””

So, given that understandable anger, here's the statement that i would like your opinion on:

“”At another discussion, a concerned student told me that humans are destroying the planet. He said that we are greedy, consume too much, produce too much, fly too much and drive unnecessarily big cars… He said that all of this greedy consumption by Westerners is to blame for Africa’s poverty. I felt very sorry for this doom-monger. Africans are not suffering because of climate change. We’re suffering because of underdevelopment. The fact is we simply don’t have the infrastructure that has enabled the West to subdue nature. If we are at the mercy of the climate, it is because our societies remain under-industrialised.””

~ Do you agree that it isn't climate change that is causing Africa to suffer but rather under-development? And do you really believe that wind turbines and solar power are enough to pull an entire continent out of abject poverty? And if so, will you take up the author's challenge? (see article).

Roy Kwesi Andrews “You Hate Being Affluent? Then Swap With Us”

ssadmin answers:

Yes – this is an obvious truth. Take a good hard look at Ghana – that is the future for us if we follow the Greenpeace agenda. It is certainly what Dr James Hansen wants for the West – a massive die-back followed by a subsistence economy. No cities, no roads, no motor vehicles, no power stations – Sound familiar? That's Ghana.

Carol asks…

Would you vote for me? here is what I believe in!!! Please Read Vote Mr. Jones?

Economy-Taxes should be based on a percentage of what you make, that way it is fair. State sales taxes should not be over 5%. Corporations should not be controlled by the government, but if they pose some kind of danger to the country they should be regulated.

Environment-The government should support Electric cars by offering tax credits to companies that sell them. Also people who buy them should be recieve a tax credit. Solar power should replace the use of oil. Domestic production should continue middle eastern oil should not be used by the U.S. Wind power should be used in off shore wind farms.

Immigration-English should become the national lanuage. Documents including drivers test should all be in english. Illegal immigrants should be prosecuted, they broke the law, and they should be deported. The U.S. should support legal immigration, but due to over population the number of new citizens should be resticted. Companies that employ illegals should be fined and or put out of bussiness. A wall should be constructed along the U.S. mexican border. The U.S. should support workers visa cards for people who want to work here. The U.S. should guide Mexico to help them improve their country, but should not do so with tax payer's money.

Abortion-should be allowed, look at it this way. Do you want to pay with your taxes for someone's kid to go through hell living in child care without parents? and what if a girl was raped? This is not an easy answer, and I don't support the idea of it, but in reality I think it should be allowed, I support abortion. I also support stem cell research.

Gay Marriage-I do not support, but if the majority of a state's population wants to allow it, then it should be allowed.

Death Penalty-I support, but the evidence has to be there. Your taxes should not go to keeping murdurers and rapists alive.

Crime-More Police and harsher laws. I do not believe in legalizing drugs. Medicinal use should be allowed though. Kids should be educated better in school through programs like d.a.r.e. More colleges should be built in high crime areas like L.A. Oakland, Detriot, to offer people a chance to escape from poverty.

Welfare-I do not believe a large portion of taxes should go to welfare, people need to help themselves. I do believe in food stamps and out of work aid, but not welfare cadallics.

Education-needs national standards and all schools need to have the same criteria in order to graduate high schools and colleges. If a student obtains a GPA above 3.5 their cost to attend any college of their choice (accepted to) should be waved. College should not be out of reach, anyone should be able to attend schools like harvard if they worked hard, despite what their parents make.

Military-Afganistan should be kept under control due to the terror treat. Osama Bin Laden should be captured and prosecuted for his crimes. Diplomacy should always be used before military engagement. The United Nations should should step in on certain issues like the genocide in Darfur. Dipolmacy should be used towards North Korea, but if they go against international law they should be sanctioned.
Gantonomo should not be shut down. They should recieve trials in court though.

Social Security-should not be spent by the government it isn't their money to spend.

Health Care-should be similar to Canada

The Second Amendment-automatic weapons should be illegal, background checks should be required, Certain guns should not be owned. Should be regulated, but responsible people should be allowed to own a gun.

Afirmative Action-should be abolished, there should be a colorblindness towards everyone. People should be defined by their accomplishments not by their race.


ssadmin answers:

I have to disagree on your stance on abortion. I understand, but being a christian I can not agree. Other than that, I am with you! I must be honest though….I would have a hard time believing you. You sound too good to be true! 🙂

Oops….I missed the health care issue…..I don't believe in socialism an any form. Those people are not getting good health care,.

David asks…

Solar Activity Diminishes; Researchers Predict Another Ice Age- Who you going to look for guidance?

Al Gore or Our GOD in Heaven?
Global Cooling comes back in a big way
Dr. Kenneth Tapping is worried about the sun. Solar activity comes in regular cycles, but the latest one is refusing to start. Sunspots have all but vanished, and activity is suspiciously quiet. The last time this happened was 400 years ago — and it signaled a solar event known as a “Maunder Minimum,” along with the start of what we now call the “Little Ice Age.”
Nation's ‘Icebox' hits record 40 below
The temperature in International Falls, Minnesota, fell to a record 40 below zero today, CNN
. 24:29-31 “…the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.”

“Heavens” represent the religious powers. Trouble and loss of faith in the religious systems will be a sign of Christ’s presence

ssadmin answers:

LOL! You are mentioning International Falls, who's average low is -3 at this time of year and saying that just because it made a record….sigh.

Nevermind. You are the queen of patchwork quilting for YA.

Michael asks…

international bank loan? money loan?

i live in Greece (unfortunately) and im trying to start a fail proof business in the solar energy business. so far everything has been approved and i have a signed 20 year contract with the major power supplier in Greece, ensuring an annual income of 100.000 euro. that will allow me to easily pay back the 250.000 euro loan that i have been patiently waiting on now for 3 months……

The problem is, Greece's banks are dry as a bone and it is impossible to get a loan from any bank here no matter how fail proof your business is.. unless you are a politician of course, then you can get a loan whenever you want with no questions asked. (equality in 2011).. as if politicians need loans on top of the astronomical wages they receive… anyways..

my question is : is it possible for me to get a bank loan from a country that isn't in shambles like Greece is? how could i possibly get the money i need to finish my project? i have both Canadian and Greek passports and citizenships, but i haven't lived in Canada for 5 years now..
what are some other ideas to help me obtain the 250.000 euro's i need to finish my project? like investing agencies, rich people looking to invest, or safe “loan sharks”? can someone please direct me to an agency that will help me?

ssadmin answers:

ROFLMAO, fail proof business there is no such thing and well over 80% of the alternative energy business ventures have failed in the USA in the past year alone. Solar which I must admit is neat is a still far over priced versus the rewards and only those that are extremely rich and or being subsidized by government can afford it.

Actually people get loans across borders all the time, that is the definition of international trade. You are in the installation operation side of the business from your question so I doubt anyone will help unless you can find an inventory lender. CIT is one such lender but they lend no more then 50% of the value

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