Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Green Energy On Mars

Photo Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell / ASU / S. Atkinson
This photograph was made possible by green energy.  The rover Opportunity has been on Mars for almost 9 years and it is still roving, taking pictures, drilling and dusting off rocks solely on solar energy.  Mars gets far less solar energy than does the Earth.   If we can run a spacecraft in the hostile environment of Mars for 9 years solely on solar energy why can't the United States transfer to a Green Energy platform and why would we want to?   One of the primary reasons for moving our economy off oil and onto wind and solar is economics.  Trillions of US dollars are sent offshore every year to places that mostly don't like us and have a history of instability.  After the BP Deepwater disaster in the Gulf of Mexico during 2010 everyone is aware of the extreme costs and environmental damage commensurate with oil economies.  The world is slowly waking up to the unbelievable costs associated with emitting large quantities of CO2 into the atmosphere, leading to rising sea levels, stronger storms and droughts. 
Millions of jobs will be created building solar and wind energy farms.  Thousands more will be created upgrading our electrical grid to move the available electrical energy across our continent.  Lets go green
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