Proponents of inefficient energy on the right?

NY Times:

Fissures in G.O.P. as Some Conservatives Embrace Renewable Energy

Solar power is dividing conservatives who support utilities and libertarians who see them as regulated monopolies whose rates are set by bureaucrats — the opposite of a free-market economy.
Despite the drop in price, solar energy is still more expensive than conventional energy and is less dependable.  The so called payback for "free" energy is usually longer than the useful life to the projects.  Current technology for wind and solar is just not good enough to compete with things like natural gas which is cheap and clean.

If people want to make investments in this area let them do it on their own dime.  But for them to have real success that does not need a subsidy, they are going to have to make their product more dependable, efficient and have the ability to store excess energy for when the sun does not shine and the wind does not blow.  Until then these devices will have limited applications.


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