November 7, 2011 · 0 Comments
Sunday’s Times contained an Op-Ed, “Here Comes the Sun” written by columnist Paul Krugman. Krugman argues that we are experiencing a solar power transformation. If that comes as a surprise to you because you think solar power is some kind of hippie fantasy, he writes, then:
blame our fossilized political system, in which fossil fuel producers have both powerful political allies and a powerful propaganda machine that denigrates alternatives.
Krugman goes on to explore the example of Fracking — “injecting high-pressure fluid into rocks deep underground, inducing the release of fossil fuels” – which contaminates public drinking water with toxic and radio active waste.
a large part of our political class, including essentially the entire G.O.P., is deeply invested in an energy sector dominated by fossil fuels, and actively hostile to alternatives. This political class will do everything it can to ensure subsidies for the extraction and use of fossil fuels, directly with taxpayers’ money and indirectly by letting the industry off the hook for environmental costs, while ridiculing technologies like solar.
Read the rest of Krugman’s Op-Ed on the Times website, or on page A25 of the November 6th, New York print edition.
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