Currently our energy infrastructure is based upon nonrenewable fossil fuels and operates under a centralized framework. Sources of fossil fuels are controlled by large companies, raw materials are shipped over long distances, refined in centralized plants, and then transmitted again over long distances to the consumer. Transporting raw materials, sometimes across the globe, requires energy. Transmitting electricity across miles of wire results in significant loss. And access to all of it is controlled by a few large companies.
Since energy is so vital to modern society, centralization also poses a national security risk. Whether by hostile attack or natural disaster, knocking out a centralized would cripple large swaths of the country.
Imagine energy from renewable sources, tailored to the unique gifts of the geography, that is used by the same community in which it is produced. Imagine communities not dependent upon a few big energy companies.
Even though prices have come down significantly and will continue to drop with increasing demand, not everyone can afford to install solar panels.
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Last updated on Tuesday, October 9, 2012.
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