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Solar Energy has always been a no-brainer for most of the world. A few areas of the world would need a more sophisticated mix of renewable types, i.e. to use their brains just a little bit. The only safe nuclear power is the sun.
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From CommonDreams.org:
Sun Solution Rises as Solar Fast Becoming World’s Cheapest Electricity Source
Published on Friday, December 16, 2016 by Common Dreams
‘Solar investment has gone from nothing—literally nothing—like five years ago to quite a lot’ by Nadia Prupis, staff writer

For the first time, solar power is becoming the cheapest form of electricity production in the world, according to new statistics from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) released Thursday.

While unsubsidized solar has occasionally done better than coal and gas in individual projects, 2016 marked the first time that the renewable energy source has out-performed fossil fuels on a large scale—and new solar projects are also turning out to be cheaper than new wind power projects, BNEF reports in its new analysis, Climatescope.

The cost of solar in 58 developing nations dropped to about a third of 2010 levels, with China in particular adding a record number of solar projects. And as the Independent notes, solar “has proved a godsend for remote islands such as Ta’u, part of America Samoa, in the South Pacific.”

In fact, Ta’u has been able to abandon the use of fossil fuels altogether and power itselfalmost entirely on renewable energy.

“Solar investment has gone from nothing—literally nothing—like five years ago to quite a lot,” said Ethan Zindler, head of BNEF’s U.S. policy analysis.

BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich also told investors this week that “[r]enewables are robustly entering the era of undercutting” fossil fuel prices.

Unsurprisingly, developing countries are at the forefront of this advancement, having invested in clean energy economies to stave off the catastrophic effects of climate change at a greater rate than wealthy nations.

“[F]or populations still relying on expensive kerosene generators, or who have no electricity at all, and for those living in the dangerous smog of thickly populated cities,” Bloombergreports, “the shift to renewables and increasingly to solar can’t come soon enough.” This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/12/16/sun-solution-rises-solar-fast-becoming-worlds-cheapest-electricity-source

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Note that if the US Congress would have given President Jimmy Carter the money he requested to invest in NREL, post-Three Mile Island (1979), we would not be talking about nuclear power, fossil fuels, or global warming. Pre-Chernobyl (1986), Jimmy Carter was apparently hopeful that with proper supervision that some nuclear power could be safe enough. And, during the Cold War it was difficult to totally leave nuclear power, as it was needed for nuclear weapons. However, he tried to get the research started to allow an exit from nuclear power. It is Ronald Reagan who removed Carter’s solar panels from the White House!

If Jimmy Carter had received funding he requested for NREL, the groundwork would have been there to exit nuclear at the end of the Cold War. There would have still been the nuclear waste, but less of it.

Even Bush 2 being given the presidency in Al Gore’s stead probably set the US further behind.

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