…it's well known that the renewable energy industry's business model is entirely based on and utterly dependent on capturing public subsidies. It's all about winning government goodies.—Yours truly, 8/28/15
You've probably heard this one. And if you have only a topical understanding of solar energy, you probably believe it. It takes a lot of lobbying and also a lot of media repetition and deliberate memory-holing to keep people thinking that solar is a viable, one-for-one replacement for traditional energy sources. See if this sounds familiar:
Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute lamented the untimely scale-back of tax breaks for renewable energy, since the competitive viability of wind and solar technologies was "one to three years away."
Was that in yesterday's News & Observer? Was it in this week's email blast to legislators by solar lobbyists? Was this at a recent university event?
No. It was from thirty years ago. That is, 1986.