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Unformatted text preview: rends, “All energy could be renewable by 2030”, http://www.digitaltrends.com/cooltech/all-energy-could-be-renewable-by-2030/, accessed 6-29-11] The survey based the energy figures on the idea that it would be affordable energy. We may have the technology to be able to create renewable and reusable energy to replace all energy consumption today, but if the cost would be ruinous. In order to begin construction, it would take an act of Congress, and similar governmental approvals around the world to help provide subsidies. That is of course assuming that the country was wealthy enough to provide the subsidies, even if it wanted to. But at the risk of sounding unduly cynical, the forces that control the oil lobbies in Congress, as well as the major oil companies themselves, would probably not look favorably on a proposal that would effectively run them out of business in 20 years. Never underestimate the power of self-interest, even when put up against that good of all humanity. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 166 Mercury Politics Space Solar Power – No Support (1/2) Space solar panels unpopular – costs too much money Foust, Space Review editor and publisher, 7 (Jeff, 8-13-7, “A renaissance for space solar power?” http://www.thespacereview.com/article/931/1, Accessed 6/23/11, LGK] One obstacle facing space solar power is that most people have not heard of it, and many of those who have associate it with the huge, expensive concepts studied back in the 1970s. Those proposals featured arrays many kilometers long with massive trusses that required dozens or hundreds of astronauts to assemble and maintain: Mankins joked that a giant Borg cube from Star Trek would have easily fit into one corner of one of the solar power satellite designs. “You ended up with a capital investment—launchers, inspace infrastructure, all of those things—on the order of $300 billion to $1 trillion in today’s dollars before you could build the first solar power satellite and get any power out of it,” he said. Aff unpopular – No agency is willing to do it Foust, Space Review editor and publisher, 7 (Jeff, 8-13-7, “A renaissance for space solar power?” http://www.thespacereview.com/article/931/1, Accessed 6/23/11, LGK] Another big problem has been finding the right government agency to support R&D work on space solar power. Space solar power doesn’t neatly fit into any particular agency’s scope, and without anyone in NASA or DOE actively advocating it, it has fallen through the cracks in recent years. “NASA does science, they do astronauts, and they do aeronautics, but they don’t do energy for the Earth,” Mankins said. “On the other side, the Department of Energy doesn’t really do energy for space.” That situation, at least in regards to those two agencies, shows little sign of changing. Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 167 Mercury Politics Space Solar Power – No Support (2/2) Enthusiasm for solar power is overestimated – even those who support it aren’t even committed to solar power in particular Day, American space historian...
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