Neither candidate has a useful idea of how to craft energy policy

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  • Screwdriver Casa Grande, AZ
    Sept. 25, 2012 6:00 p.m.

    Solar panels are at an all time low in prices, that's why solyndra went out of business. Nobody expected the huge decrease in natural gas prices. Even T Boon Pickens guy will tell you he lost a huge amount of money in wind power because of the crash of natural gas prices do to overproduction enabled by fraking.

    So the bottom line is people will change when they simply percieve it's in thier best interest to do so. Some people only value money, others also value the morality of what they leave for future generations. But with the new low prices of solar panels anybody can see it's in thier best interest.

    I'm producing a great deal of my electricty on my roof. My neighbors have $300 bills and mine are $140 in the summer and $30 in the winter. Now solar panels are about 1/5 the cost they were when I bought them. I'll buy more.

  • Hank Pym SLC, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 2:27 p.m.

    I'd like to think its as simple as cellulosic ethanol but...

    A transition to natural gas may be feasible. As we do that, we can develop the infastructre for Hydrogen. You can extract Hydrogen from NG.

    Who knows maybe over time the technology to get Hydrogen from Algae and dare I say even fusion has been developed is practical & cost efficient.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:50 a.m.

    Well one thing is for certain - if you shut down all new drilling on public lands and waters, go to war against coal production and tax and regulate to death every other energy producer you are dead in the water. Mitt will drill and build new pipelines on PUBLIC LANDS - remove regulations and open up gulf waters and that alone will have an ENORMOUS positive impact on American energy. You don't burn one bridge before you build another as OBama has. Word has it that Obama's next target is all coal fired power plants - that ought to do wonders for our electric grid. Better fire up the wind mills!!!

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 25, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Both candidates get to make the odd speech in front of a wind turbine or something but mostly it's status quo. The problem is that the status quo is getting real expensive.