CO2, Disaster planning, electric cars, fuel shortage, global warming, greenhouse gases, hurricane evacuation, Hurricane Irma, Jimmy Carter, NREL, nuclear power, nuclear waste, risk management, Solar, solar cars, solar panels, Solar Power, Sunshine State, US National Renewable Energy Lab
Solar charging electric cars US NREL gov
If the US Congress had given US President Jimmy Carter the amount of funding that he requested for the US National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) then there wouldn’t be the problem of fuel shortages for evacuating the Sunshine State – cars would be electric and charge with solar energy. There wouldn’t be any operating nuclear reactors in the US, though there would still be plenty of long-lived nuclear waste. The world wouldn’t have to argue about greenhouse gases, CO2 and global warming, as the oil and gas industry would be mostly ancient history, as well, as would the coal industry. It may be tasteless to make the point right now, but while it’s on people’s minds is indeed the time to make it. Before Jimmy Carter, around 1970, mainstream US media announced that solar powered cars were imminent. That was almost half a century ago!
Navajo solar carport US DOE
While it is unclear if this Navajo solar carport actually charges the cars, it could.
“Today, in directly harnessing the power of the Sun, we’re taking the energy that God gave us, the most renewable energy that we will ever see, and using it to replace our dwindling supplies of fossil fuels… Today, I am sending to the Congress legislative recommendations for a new solar strategy that will move our Nation toward true energy security and abundant, readily available energy supplies.” http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=32500 From President Jimmy Carter: “Solar Energy Remarks Announcing Administration Proposals.“, June 20, 1979 (worth the read in its entirety). And, then, Reagon won the presidency and ripped the solar panels off of the White House….
(Also tasteless to say but there’s a reason that they tell people to keep their car tanks full during hurricane season and not running on empty. Finding biodiesel must be an even greater challenge than finding gasoline. Many people of Florida won’t forget this lesson. They’ve learned the hard way. This note is for others. Hurricane season isn’t over. And, other disasters can warrant evacuation, as well. A solar panel or panels and an electric car seem the best option.)