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(TreeHugger)   In the USA, there are now more workers in solar power than coal miners   (treehugger.com) divider line 304
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2013-04-23 07:48:17 PM
Well, to be fair, mining sunlight is a lot more labor-intensive.
 
2013-04-23 07:50:10 PM
Whar green jobs Obama?  Whar?  Oh there?  Ok.
 
2013-04-23 07:52:26 PM
Further proof that Obama is destroying this country. What happens when the sun runs out of energy, Obama? HUH? WHAT HAPPENS THEN?
 
2013-04-23 07:56:05 PM
Somewhere a Massey is muttering "There *must* be a way for the sun to explode and kill them before their pensions kick in"
 
2013-04-23 07:58:37 PM

bdub77: Further proof that Obama is destroying this country. What happens when the sun runs out of energy, Obama? HUH? WHAT HAPPENS THEN?


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-04-23 08:07:45 PM
While I am more of a nuclear guy, this is cool.
 
2013-04-23 08:24:39 PM
I imagine there are fewer cave ins also.
 
2013-04-23 08:26:52 PM

2wolves: I imagine there are fewer cave ins also.


*cough cough* I've got the ultraviolet lung, pops.
 
2013-04-23 08:39:00 PM
i.imgur.com

SOON.
 
2013-04-23 08:54:53 PM
See? Obama IS destroying the coal industry.
 
2013-04-23 08:57:40 PM
OBAMARS WAR ON COAL
 
2013-04-23 09:10:32 PM
Not impressed

www.politicspa.com
 
2013-04-23 09:28:29 PM
Just wait until we piss off the sun with our shenanigans.

 You'll see.  For a little while.
 
2013-04-23 10:04:39 PM
img844.imageshack.us

Two things I don't understand about this:  Why is New Jersey installing more solar panels than anyone else, and what is getting Pennsylvania ahead in manufacturing?

I realize these are state-by-state numbers, so we aren't dealing with a big picture.
 
2013-04-23 10:08:00 PM
A good sign, indeed.

Alas we still dont have more working in the nuclear power field.

The potential we have for that power is immense. It is a shame that people see science differently depending upon political affiliation.
 
2013-04-23 10:12:16 PM

Lsherm: [img844.imageshack.us image 492x369]

Two things I don't understand about this:  Why is New Jersey installing more solar panels than anyone else, and what is getting Pennsylvania ahead in manufacturing?

I realize these are state-by-state numbers, so we aren't dealing with a big picture.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power_in_New_Jersey
 
2013-04-23 10:16:04 PM
"I think I'm developing green lung!"
 
2013-04-23 10:59:41 PM

Krymson Tyde: See? Obama IS destroying the coal industry.


Yeah!!  And, um...something something SOLYNDRA!!  Thanks 0bama!
 
2013-04-23 11:14:33 PM
Now compare the amount of energy the two produce.
 
2013-04-23 11:14:34 PM

Lsherm: Two things I don't understand about this:  Why is New Jersey installing more solar panels than anyone else


massive IBEW contracts.

/works in NJ - a solar panel on every lamp pole....
 
2013-04-23 11:14:52 PM
I wonder what the KW per worker breakdown is
 
2013-04-23 11:15:36 PM

catpuncher: Now compare the amount of energy the two produce.


the Coal people can post these same stats and use it to talk about how more efficient coal is.
 
2013-04-23 11:16:38 PM
pretty remarkable when you consider that the solar power workers can only mine at night
 
2013-04-23 11:16:52 PM

catpuncher: Now compare the amount of energy the two produce.


That would seem prudent .
 
2013-04-23 11:17:20 PM

scottydoesntknow: "I think I'm developing green lung!"


shut up, merman.
 
2013-04-23 11:17:22 PM
Do they even mine anymore? I thought they just blew the tops of off mountains are ruined entire forest ecosystems and rural communities?
 
2013-04-23 11:17:44 PM
Thanks for the unjustified attacks on the coal industry, imposing ridiculous standards and economically devastating several regions.

Sure, develop soalr power, but there simply is no need to target coal mining for elimination because of moronic luddite enviro-freaks.
 
2013-04-23 11:18:07 PM
farewell to nineteenth century technology.  thanks for your time, you're no longer required.
 
2013-04-23 11:18:16 PM
Came for the Zoolander reference.  Left happy.
 
2013-04-23 11:18:36 PM
I was believing the math until this from tfa:

 solar workers outnumber actors in California

bull-farking-shiat
bullshiat
 
2013-04-23 11:18:38 PM

incrdbil: Thanks for the unjustified attacks on the coal industry, imposing ridiculous standards and economically devastating several regions.

Sure, develop soalr power, but there simply is no need to target coal mining for elimination because of moronic luddite enviro-freaks.


You sound a bit angry, bro.
 
2013-04-23 11:19:15 PM
I'll stand up and cheer about such stats when my utility bills start trending in a downward direction instead of their current upward climb...
 
2013-04-23 11:19:20 PM

studs up: I was believing the math until this from tfa:

 solar workers outnumber successful actors in California

bull-farking-shiat
bullshiat


Better?
 
2013-04-23 11:20:21 PM
As soon as the solar power subsidies expire, it will go back to being more coal miners.
 
2013-04-23 11:20:39 PM

studs up: I was believing the math until this from tfa:

 solar workers outnumber actors in California

bull-farking-shiat
bullshiat


I think they meant WORKING actors, not the wannabes serving drinks at Starbucks
 
2013-04-23 11:20:42 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Do they even mine anymore? I thought they just blew the tops of off mountains are ruined entire forest ecosystems and rural communities?


Mountain top removal is not the 'strip mining' of old. Forests are not devasttaed, and rural communities benefit, do not suffer from it.  And yes, conventional mining still occurs.
 
2013-04-23 11:21:25 PM

Lidocaine: I'll stand up and cheer about such stats when my utility bills start trending in a downward direction instead of their current upward climb...


A friend from high school came into some cash due to an inheritance and he had his house outfitted with solar panels a few years ago.

He generally gets a check from the electric company each month for about $135.  Not a bill.  A check.

Big overhead and initial investment, but afterward, you get paid by the EC.  I'll be doing it once the prices fall enough to make it a worthwhile initial investment.
 
2013-04-23 11:21:49 PM

DrPainMD: As soon as the solar power subsidies expire, it will go back to being more coal miners.


yeah, I'm having a hard time finding fault with this position.
 
2013-04-23 11:21:56 PM

b2theory: While I am more of a nuclear guy, this is cool.


The sun is a bit  nuclear .
 
2013-04-23 11:22:00 PM

incrdbil: Thanks for the unjustified attacks on the coal industry, imposing ridiculous standards and economically devastating several regions.

Sure, develop soalr power, but there simply is no need to target coal mining for elimination because of moronic luddite enviro-freaks.


You're welcome.
 
2013-04-23 11:23:11 PM
PS. Coal got its energy from the sun.
 
2013-04-23 11:24:05 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Do they even mine anymore? I thought they just blew the tops of off mountains are ruined entire forest ecosystems and rural communities?


They still mine, it is just far more efficient now, you don't have hundreds of guys with pick axes, you have a few guys and some pretty cool equipment doing the work. The rural communities aren't being ruined by any of it. The only thing they are being affected by is the loss of jobs as coal becomes more expensive.
 
2013-04-23 11:25:04 PM

Lsherm: [img844.imageshack.us image 492x369]

Two things I don't understand about this:  Why is New Jersey installing more solar panels than anyone else, and what is getting Pennsylvania ahead in manufacturing?

I realize these are state-by-state numbers, so we aren't dealing with a big picture.


I dont know, but I would think they might be making New Jersey's solar capacity in Pennsylvania.
 
2013-04-23 11:25:26 PM

DrPainMD: As soon as the solar power subsidies expire, it will go back to being more coal miners.


No, it will just be more natural gas.  That's what's hurting coal right now.  Nothing else.  Just natural gas.  As long as that's cheaper to get out of the ground that's what they'll be doing instead of coal.
 
2013-04-23 11:25:50 PM
Solar power is a nice supplement, but we should be building nuclear plants left and right.

/ok, maybe not directly on major fault lines
//or at least not on major fault lines that are also tsunami target
///and especially not on major fault line tsunami targets where you can buy used panties in a vending machine
 
2013-04-23 11:26:14 PM
i647.photobucket.com
 
2013-04-23 11:27:13 PM
You guys do realize, however, that this data comes from an organization who's job it is to promote how awesome solar power is and how good it is for the world?

Not saying it isnt true, but I have learned in life that if an organization exists to say good things, they are going to say good things, whether they are true or not.
 
2013-04-23 11:27:59 PM

12349876: DrPainMD: As soon as the solar power subsidies expire, it will go back to being more coal miners.

No, it will just be more natural gas.  That's what's hurting coal right now.  Nothing else.  Just natural gas.  As long as that's cheaper to get out of the ground that's what they'll be doing instead of coal.


this. Coal needs more innovation in extraction, get the price on extraction back down and then we'll have something.
 
2013-04-23 11:28:17 PM

catpuncher: Now compare the amount of energy the two produce.


After the coal is burnt, what good is the furnace?

vs.

The sun will go out far after humanity is gone.
 
2013-04-23 11:28:36 PM

DrPainMD: As soon as the solar power oil subsidies expire, it will go back to being more coal miners horse and buggies.

 
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