IF THE U.S. HAD NOT GONE WITH SELFISH REAGANOMICS, IT WOULD HAVE HAD SOLAR POWER RATHER THAN GLOBAL WARMING: YOU GET WHOM YOU FOLLOW/CHOOSE

IF THE U.S. HAD NOT GONE WITH SELFISH REAGANOMICS, IT WOULD HAVE HAD SOLAR POWER RATHER THAN GLOBAL WARMING: YOU GET WHOM YOU FOLLOW/CHOOSETapping Solar for Places Where the Sun Don't Shine
Part I of a two-part series: We've got deserts with no people and people with no power. So, like an electrical Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, we've got thinkers with an idea ...
By: Joan Melcher | June 27, 2008 | 05:00 AM (PDT)

Solar researchers will tell you that energy from the sun striking the Earth for a mere 40 minutes is equivalent to global energy consumption for a year. But then they'll admit that solar has been a dark horse in the race to a clean-power future.

Sometimes, though, horses come from behind to win. Researchers on four continents are putting their money on a new way of harnessing solar energy that, they say, could render fossil fuels obsolete.

Some renewables, notably solar and wind, stay in the backfield because they don't provide power on a 24/7 basis. If the energy they generate could be stored and doled out around the clock, there might be some new favorites.
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...President Jimmy Carter championed solar energy in the late 1970s when oil embargoes threatened the country's energy security, but Ronald Reagan didn't have the same devotion to renewables and falling prices for oil and gas in the mid-1980s cooled the fervor for the more-costly alternatives.
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