I am not sure how you draw that conclusion. Two 230W solar panels (like mine)
generate an average of 780 kWh per year. There are well over 900,000 households
in Utah. That's over 702,000,000 kWhs!According to the EPA fuel
economy rating of 2.9 miles per kWh for a LEAF like Mielke's, those kWhs
are enough energy to drive a LEAF 2,035,800,000 miles. At 12,000 miles per year,
that's about 170,000 LEAFs.If you use the EPA's figures to
calculate the lbs. of greenhouse gases the power plant would produce to charge
those LEAFs according to your zip code, you'll find that charging those
LEAFs would generate 336,620 tons of greenhouse gases.Fueling and
driving comparable sized Nissan Versas, however, would generate 779,200 tons --
more than TWICE as much. That's not a "huge difference"...?And... that's just in year one, with the first two panels per
household!I also fail to see how generating one's own
electricity at home is "socialist"...? Doesn't that help make
private citizens more independent of both government and "crony
Re: "If every home owner in Utah put one or two solar panels up on their
home every year, it would begin to make a huge difference."No,
it wouldn't. At least as regards the quality of the air.It
would prove we are the rubes liberal venture socialists and crony capitalists
hope we are.Nothing more.
@Florwood: Uh... you're just kidding, right? Surely you're not saying
that, besides doing his small part as an individual citizen, Mielke should foot
the bill for you to do your part also...?@Redshirt: You're
joking also, correct? Solar panels only need cleaning about as often as the
windows on a house. When I clean my own panels, about twice a year, it takes one
bucket of water with a little vinegar and a pad/squeegee attachment. A bucket of
water is more harmful in our desert environment than daily pollution from
tailpipes and power plant smokestacks? How about skipping a shower for a day and
calling it even then?@procuradorfiscal: It's true that one
individual's commitment has an infinitesimally minuscule effect --just like
your one single vote in any election. How about joining us in the effort, then?
Just think what a difference it would make if more people made such an effort
instead of belittling those who do. By the way, my 2012 LEAF cost thousands less
than my 2005 Subaru, and is the best, most useful car I have ever owned. Have
you test driven one? Do it!
I admire this man's desire to do what is right. Those who denigrate his
efforts deserve no quarter. It is foolish and wrong to put him down. He put
his own money up to do what he did. He paid a huge price to go electric and
generate his own energy. We should thank him for putting his money where his
mouth is. We should try our best to do as he is doing. If every home owner in
Utah put one or two solar panels up on their home every year, it would begin to
make a huge difference. If we all do a little, pretty soon, a lot
Re: "Salt Lake man's actions support his words"In what
way?Buy an outrageously expensive, but utterly useless car.
That's your privilege. But don't delude yourself into thinking your
actions have had the slightest effect on air quality.They
haven't.And if every one per center (the only ones who can
afford to flush that kind of money) did the same, the net effect would still be
zero.Deranged, unsupported, tree-hugger true believing simply has no
effect, regardless of the quantity of passion wasted.
If a person is really concerned about the environment, why go to solar panels?
Yes they don't pollute, but they require cleaning to maintain their ability
to generate power. That cleaning uses water that typically cannot be reclaimed.
If you live in a desert valley, which is easier to live with, some pollution,
or no water.
If he really cared about the environment, he'd give me 30k so I could
install solar panels and buy a Leaf.
I think most Utahns would agree that something needs to be done to clean up the
air in Utah. However, i don't think there will be much of a push to clean
up the air until we all start getting lung cancer.