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tractorman November 23rd, 2017 4:10am

Costa Rica is now on 300 straight days and counting using only renewable energy for everything except transportation. Do you think the US will ever approach half this number?

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shygal47 Florida east coast
11/23/17 5:24 pm

No - Trump has already decided that 1950 is where we need to be. As long as he is in office very little forward movement on renewables or alternatives will be supported by the government.

11/23/17 7:01 pm

That is the problem with wind and solar, without government support aka tax payer dollars, they aren’t a viable source of energy in most applications.

shygal47 Florida east coast
11/23/17 7:09 pm

I guess if the government can support Big Pharma R&D so Pharma can just reap profits, then perhaps with public encouragement the government will continue to support Big Oil R&D into other energy sources so they can continue to rape us as well.

Hogoke Constitution
11/23/17 10:14 am

Renewables are a lot less reliable than non renewables, with the exception of nuclear energy which I don't see people using in such a great number. Personally I would love for the world to be all renewable energy but that simply isn't viable if we rely on wind and solar power.

RussianThunder Russia and USA
11/23/17 6:26 am

Costa Rica
4.8 million legally residing people
19,730 square miles

323 million legally residing people
3,531,905 square miles.

It’s a bit more of a job to get the US reliable only on renewable energy.

tractorman Oklahoma
11/23/17 6:55 am

Sad to think that American ingenuity and know-how that used to be so prevalent and outstanding in the world has now been replaced by excuses and negativity.

11/23/17 7:01 am

And the average annual temperatures are 70 - 81.
No real summer or winter. So you don’t have to worry about a lot of heating and cooling.

They also don’t have the industry we have.

shygal47 Florida east coast
11/23/17 5:25 pm

@tractorman is correct

RussianThunder Russia and USA
11/23/17 7:12 pm

It’s not an excuse. I think many companies are working trying to develop renewable energy sources but the US is a big country. It has problems Costa Rica doesn’t have. In addition, rules and regulations are different. It may take more time so I think comparisons are not fair but I think the US will one day lead the world 8n renewable resources.
I didn’t mean it as an excuse.

Russia not doing squat (Wth?!) about it.

tractorman Oklahoma
11/24/17 9:11 am

Russian, I agree with you! Many local and national companies are leading the way due to consumer pressure and common sense. I just wish our fossil fuel donor dominated lawmakers would get on the band wagon with us. Heck, with a national push we put a man on the moon using the technology more primitive than today's cell phone! Why can't we have a national push for renewable energy?

11/24/17 11:29 pm

“Why can't we have a national push for renewable energy?”

Because it isn’t reliable.

How much land do you think it would take to completely power the US with wind and solar?

Squidboy Snarkapottamus
11/23/17 6:17 am

Not in my lifetime with the crooks we have running energy policy and the morons that vote for them.

Alcerus fascist
11/22/17 10:40 pm

They're using renewables for life-essential electricity only. They're not trying to power 1,200 industrial factories. Try to power those with a solar panel and see how that works out

tractorman Oklahoma
11/23/17 7:02 am

"More and more, companies are building manufacturing plants and becoming a part of the Costa Rican economic sector."
This is from the Costa Rican Economic report last year. Tires, medical instruments, technology businesses are all manufactured there with many more sectors also.
Their electric use is varied and diverse and all renewable.
Sad that once prevalent American "can do" spirit has been replaced by excuses.

11/22/17 10:03 pm

Coal is the future!

RagingMystic covfefe
11/22/17 10:36 pm

No it really isn't. Renewables are already cheaper per kilowatt hour, and those that arent using renewables are using natural gas.

11/23/17 9:30 am

Sarcasm. MAGA!