Who wants to bet that we will not be allowed to drill there for some reason or another...does this make you feel hopeful or more hopeless?
We have the oil but not enough refineries....we have the oil but most likely will not be able to drill it...but we could finally get away from our needing to kiss butt to other countries for their crude.
Currently only a handful of states offer rebates for home conversion to solar energy, and NJ has put some caps on the rebates--I'm sure because the state wasn't getting as much income from state and local utility taxes!
The other problem, is it is quite expensive to make this conversion to an existing home--and given the poor economy, few banks are giving out equity loans for homeowners to use to pay for the conversion and wait until they start earning rebates to pay back the loan. Kind of a Catch 22 situation. Now, if Obama provided a special low-cost, interest free reabte and/or subsidy for qualifying homeowners, instead of funding special interest group pet-projects then I'd consider the conversion to solar. :o)
to make the conversion
Answer by LoriKeet at 2:24 PM on Feb. 16, 2009
Knowing it's there, and likely will not be sought after until after we've expended every possible financial resource available and realize we just wasted more time and money makes me feel hopeless. Apparently environmentalists, special interest groups and our current administration (especially the D Congress and D Senators) would RATHER spend billions of dollars "studying" alternative energy sources--which ultimately infuriates the NIMBY's, instead of spending that money NOW on building new refineries and enhancing the infrastructure/refineries we already have and make them more efficient.
The "Not In My Back Yard" folks come up with lots of fine theories that are simply impractical for many of our existing cities. Here's one example
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