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Unused “green” technology

2013-01-31T05:47:46+00:00

I recently had to visit a government installation to do some paperwork. The office, which is the only one of its kind within a thousand kilometers, had perhaps a dozen parking spaces. In front of each parking space was a newish piece of “green” technology, a charging station for electric vehicles.

Clearly they hadn’t been used much. They were dirty from being exposed to the weather, but their cables were in pristine condition, indicating they weren’t used. And I saw no electric vehicles anywhere near that facility. It’s swarming with heavy diesel trucks, but no electrics.

Those charging stations had been installed because the government ordered them to be installed. But there are no vehicles to use them.

This is why government-mandated “green” technology doesn’t work. No one uses it. If the technology was useful and practical and cost-effective, it would be everywhere in the market already, because people would want to buy it.

Your tax dollars at work.

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  1. 2013-02-03T10:44:50+00:00 10:44

    The expense of new technology often dissuades people from converting from fossil fuel technology to renewable forms of energy. However, switching to a sustainable, or green, energy source invests in the future, and both federal and local governments provide assistance to offset the expenses involved with purchasing and installing equipment that provides green energy. If you are interested in making the change to green energy, you can apply online for a variety of grants from the federal government, one of the funding sources for renewable energy technology.

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    • 2013-02-04T06:30:46+00:00 06:30

      And therein lies the problem. If the market wanted it, green energy would already be in use. Spending taxpayer dollars on technology that no one wants and which is not cost-effective, is not a solution. It’s like government art grants. If people liked the artist’s work, they would buy it. Instead, the artist applies for a grant, and forces “the people” to buy the art which no one wants. That’s not right.

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