Boots And Sabers

Exporting Renewable Energy?

By - Mar 23rd, 2009 02:58 pm
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What the heck does this even mean?

“We can remain the world’s leading importer of foreign oil, or we can become the world’s leading exporter of renewable energy.”

How do you export renewable energy?  We can export oil, natural gas, or coal, but how do we export wind, sun, or hydroelectric dams?  I presume he isn’t talking about nuclear.  He could be talking about the technology to extract energy from renewable sources, but that has a very limited economic life span.  We can export the knowledge to produce a solar cell or design a dam, but once knowledge is exported, we lose exclusivity of it.

Coal can’t be produced out of thin air.  It exists in certain spots and those who own it can sell it.  Those who don’t own it have to buy it.  Simple as that.  Sun, wind, and moving water exist everywhere on earth.  Is Obama going to export our sunlight to Antarctica during the dark winter months via a massive mirror array?  Or is he saying that we’re going to hook our power grid to those of Canada and Mexico and export the actual energy produced from renewable sources?

Can anyone explain what Obama is saying?

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