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Letters to the Editor: Wasting energy, resources

I have written multiple editorials about the false claims that solar energy collecting devices are green, renewable and sustainable. I have offered science and research to back it up.

I have written multiple editorials about the false claims that solar energy collecting devices are green, renewable and sustainable. I have offered science and research to back it up.

It is clear that tax money will continue to be wasted on these devices. It takes salesmanship, not science, to convince the allocators of tax money that these devices are green, sustainable and renewable. It takes ignoring the elephant (fossil fuels and industrial infrastructures) in the living room to believe the hype.

I wonder how much lobbying is done? Many cringe at how business influences our government. Is it OK if it's "our business"?

A bureaucrat at one of these agencies told me she didn't want to live in fear about the future. Supporting a technofantasy is no way to expel that fear. Knowledge and real planning will make the future workable. If we want a livable earth, we need to step back and ask what we are doing. It saddens me that false hope is being created.

These solar energy collecting devices for heat work only on sunny days in winter and only when there is electricity for the blower. Press release aside, to truly help low-income people, developing insulating window treatments to be used during the long winter nights will save energy all the time, not just on sunny days when there is electric power.

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These window treatments would save considerably more energy and not assault the environment for mined resources.

I have written about this delusion for years and have never been challenged on my data. When so much emotion and finance is involved, things will not change.

As I have quoted before: "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it." - Upton Sinclair

John Weber,

Longville

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