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Solar energy will not meet our needs

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Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 12:00 am

A letter writer makes the claim that one out of two people would pick oil over solar, "Greed is the reason oil is being developed instead of solar energy," by Gary Kries. Does Mr. Kries drive a car?

Natural gas, hydroelectricity and nuclear power are the three main sources of power produced in California. To think solar could replace the three main factors of producing electricity is not sound thinking. The writer states just build a solar plant — easier said than done. Let's take, for instance, the Solyndra solar plant that folded after the federal government invested $535 million dollars to insure its operation. I, for one, would like to know where that money went — or into whose pocket.

No matter if there were many solar energy plants, the plants that make power today will continue to operate. It is most difficult to make solar power at 2 a.m. It would take all the solar power plants in California to power San Francisco, let alone Los Angeles.

Now who isn't thinking, Gary? Nothing is free, except the people who voted for Obama with the thinking that they will receive free stuff without working for it.

With that in mind, America as we know it is doomed. Our children's children will know, and I feel sorry for my great-granddaughter who will be born in a couple of months. That last sentence was for the man in Woodbridge.

Ed Walters

Lodi

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