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Unformatted text preview: eriously consider space-based power systems? GLASER: No, because people can still get gas for their cars too easily. Those in the top levels of science and government know what is coming, but the average man on the street will not care unless it impacts his wallet. That is the biggest problem. The basic approach is unchanged from my initial concept. We could have built this system 30 years ago. The technology just keeps getting better. The design and implementation is a small problem compared to the much larger obstacle of getting people to understand the potential benefits. Building such a system could provide cheap and limitless power for the entire planet, yet instead of trying to find a way to make it work, most people shrug it off as being too expensive or too difficult. Of course existing energy providers will fight, too. It only makes sense that coal and oil lobbies will continue to find plenty of reasons for our representatives in Congress to reject limitless energy from the sun. Solar power doesn’t have political clout – powerful energy lobbies backlash against the plan New York Times Green blog, 9 [10-27-11, “Solar Industry Takes on Coal and Oil Lobbies”, http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/27/solarindustry-takes-on-coal-and-oil-lobbies/, accessed 7-2-11] A solar industry leader smacked down the oil and coal industries on Tuesday, calling for renewable energy proponents to open their wallets to level the playing field in Washington. “The full promise of solar power is being restrained by the tyranny of policies that protect our competitors, subsidize wealthy polluters and disadvantage green entrepreneurs,” said Rhone Resch, chief executive of the Solar Energy Industries Association, according to prepared remarks for a speech he is to give at the opening of the Solar Power International conference. The event, being held in Anaheim, Calif., is the solar industry’s biggest annual get-together in the United States, and is usually a celebration of the industry’s breakneck growth of recent years. But Mr. Resch said that with the fossil fuel industry devoting tens of millions of dollars to defeat climate change legislation now before Congress, the solar industry needs to start throwing its weight around Washington. “How our country proceeds on climate change will permanently shape the market for solar,” he said in his remarks. Oil and coal interests “are spending millions of dollars on lobbying, P.R. and advertising, and much of it is financing a deliberate effort to discredit our industry,” Mr. Resch added. “At the end of the day in Washington, good intentions won’t stand a chance against millions of dollars and intense political pressure . We have relied on good will long enough, and if that’s the only arrow in our quiver, we will lose.” Gonzaga Debate Institute 2011 165 Mercury Politics Space Solar Power – Unpopular – Lobbies (1/2) Renewable development politically unpopular – lobbies backlash Fleming, Digital Trends, 11 [Ryan, 1-20-11, Digital T...
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