Alternative Energy Is the Answer to Our Unemployment, Energy, and Economic Challenges

Most people believe, probably because they've heard it on TV so often that the switch to alternative energy will bring about more jobs for America. Indeed, I think it was President Obama who promised that alternative energy would create 4.5 million new jobs. The only problem with that is they will probably have to kill at least twice as many jobs to get rid of the old and bring in the new, and so I say; not so fast my friend! Be careful what you wish for because alternative energy is not the answer to our unemployment, our future energy strategy, or our economic challenges.

If you think that wind turbine energy and solar power is going to power up our entire civilization and create jobs for everyone, you aren't thinking this through. Most of the solar cells are made in China and Germany, and some in Japan. The wind turbines are made in China, and although a few components are made here, very few components are made here in the United States. Providing taxpayer money to fund alternative energy projects means we will be sending that money overseas where it will provide jobs for Germans and Chinese.

Not long ago, I was discussing this with a wind turbine innovator an inventor, who'd come up with a very cool new technology which was more efficient than the current wind generators. When I told him I was not a big fan of wind energy, he explained to me that I was living in the past, and not thinking into the future. Indeed, I've heard such comments like that recently, and I realize those are talking points for the global warming alarmists who treat it as a religion, and the alternative energy utopians. The other day on The Weather Channel they had a discussion panel, and someone said those very words.

In any case, my complaints with wind energy have to do with the unreliability of the wind to blow a constant amount, and the return on investment due to the high costs. Nevertheless, my acquaintance said; "Look to the future technologies that will come, they will be economic."

Well, I sat one day in a symposium and seminar at the local university and listened to a Nobel Prize winner go on and on about all that jazz once, he was so into wind, but his academic credentials were too stellar for him to take real questions. Just because wind energy appears to be cleaner and greener, doesn't mean it's efficient enough to power up our civilization. Further if it costs three or four times as much to power up our civilization with wind power, then our energy prices will skyrocket, and put many small businesses, light manufacturing companies, and big corporations doing manufacturing out of business completely.

Now then, perhaps those large corporations can move to China, but that's not going to provide us with any increased employment, or help us win the future. And, it simply will not help our economy a hill of beans. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.

Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes writing 24,300 articles will be difficult because all the letters on his keyboard are now worn off now..

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