Interesting story in Grist today: “On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a bill aimed at getting 10 million new solar rooftop systems and 200,000 new solar hot water heating systems installed in the U.S. in the next 10 years.
Cleverly titled the “10 Million Solar Roofs & 10 Million Gallons of Solar Hot Water Act” (PDF), it would provide rebates that cover up to half the cost of new systems, along the lines of incentive programs in California…
Interesting way to blow out Governor Schwarzenegger’s “Million solar roofs” concept born here in California, but hey, it’s important that good ideas catch on.
Now if the good Senator were really serious in tackling the issue of renewable energy, he’d look at portable diesel generators, which put out 22.2 lbs. of CO2 for each gallon of fuel used.
Depending on the size of the generator, that could result in a ton of CO2 each day, from each big generator. Senator Sanders: rooftops may be nifty, but if you want to smell change, take a whiff around our Mobile Solar Power System avoiding a ton of CO2 each day on a movie base camp, or on a farm powering a centrifugal pump, or at a construction site, powering the entire load with clean, quiet solar. That’s not the smell of diesel exhaust, sir.