If you think paying $ to the Middle East to support our oil habits was bad, wait until the #s are in on what the current direction in solar panel conversion will do to us. With the low cost of manufacturing in China driving the market, we are about set to convert- Europe is way ahead of us- but the financial wins are are headed to Beijing. Check out this article in today's NY Times.
Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute has been warning us of this direction and the need for the US govt. to enable the market for low cost solar and wind technologies with aggressive purchases from US energy providers. It's time to follow this direction. See below: