It seems that the fossil fuel conglomerates like oil,and coal are increasingly thwarting the green energy movement not only in Europe but in the United States as well. They have purposely made it almost impractical or financially infeasible for millions to augment their energy bills using solar or wind technologies. Today, in Europe where in Germany the continent's largest economy was originally going phase out nuclear power now has a daunting task to assemble an energy mix that meets current and future demand. Instead of pioneering on solar energy in development of an Solar Internet Energy Grid Germany and other European countries are reverting backward to the power that powered the First Industrialized Revolution.
This started as a political trade off, but it is likely to become the major concern in the broader national strategy to stave off another recession. A similar tradeoff is developing in the United States. After a much-ballyhooed venture into solar and wind it seems that most of Europe is now in a played down move to import and generate additional nuclear generated power. This comes at a time when one would have thought that Europe was so environmentally conscious.
Today Germany's venture into solar and wind like in the United States where legislatures are still in their Neanderthal frame of minds have stalled the further deployment of solar and wind technologies. Now, with the unwillingness to incorporate green energy into the mix they are down playing the move to import additional nuclear generated power. Germany is also doing the unthinkable. In this day and age they really are moving backward. Just like in the United States where green energy and solar powered energy grids are the mode of energy that will power the world in the 21 st century and beyond are now reverting back to coal. Not only coal but oil and still a reliance on nuclear power will continue to thwart the green energy movement.
One of the strongest green energy political movements in Europe for the past decade has now been shifted back to an era of dominance by the power brokers that continue to amass more money and control by still insisting on using energy of the first industrialized revolution. Here in the United States we should have realized this some 35 years ago. But no the political will was never really there. The first thought by our elected officials was how to garnish more money just to stay in office was the option so many politicians made. To this day this is the political reality. Where was the money coming from? Those campaign contributions have and are still flowing in at record pace by none other that the oil and fossil fuel conglomerates. Until the political will in ushering in policy changes that would make obtaining solar and wind technologies more lucrative both Europe and the United States are keeping the energy crisis alive putting every economy in jeopardy.
T. Boone Pickens has been somewhat successful in swaying congress that natural gas is an alternative and less costly fuel source for our mobile society. The only trouble is that not every gas or service station around the country is readily equipped to store and deliver natural gas to customers who are driving natural gas powered automobiles and trucks. The infrastructure is not in place yet. Sure, Congress has installed tax incentives for buying solar panels but the cost outlay originally is still way too much for practically every American and European. Take for example a single family home in the United States; to fully cover that homes power needs one would have to spend more that $50,000 up front just to equip that home with enough solar power to be energy efficient.
Even with the Pickens Plan to increase natural gas as the fuel source to reduce CO2 emissions the mind set of legislatures has only continued to delay the inevitable. Now, with a looming crisis in the devaluation of the dollar it is imperative that policy changes move more swiftly to encourage more development, deployment, and implementation of green energy. The creation of a Solar Internet Energy Grid like the one that was proposed more than five years ago but is now halted because of current energy policy in Germany, the rest of Europe, and the United States has to take top priority.
Currently the United States imports more than 11.4 millions barrels of crude oil per day and we exported more than 430,000 barrels per day than imported while our energy using oil consumption has been somewhat slowed down because of the increases fuel efficient cars. But, none the less the cost of our domestic energy has only continued to increase. Deployment of infrastructure development for our automobiles and trucks using natural gas and updating service stations around the country to accommodate natural gas delivery is essential to reduce dependence and eventually eliminate the need for fossil fuel altogether. Coordinating with further deployment of solar and wind technologies that are already beginning to appear but need a full court press sort of speaking to make our energy policies one that will deliver affordable, clean, dependable, renewable green energy all across the country.
Let us hope that Europe will take a good close look at what they are doing by reverting back to energy policies for political expedience by retaining the energy fuels that powered countries more than 100 years ago. A very sad reality for the times of today when the political climate changes brings back policies that do more to trigger economic jeopardy than ushering in policies that ensure the future for all. We all have a golden opportunity to usher in a new era of renewed prosperity and ward off the "Grim Reaper" of economic calamity by restoring the balance of opportunity to be beneficiaries of energy systems that will power future generations.