20 years ago energy experts predicted renewable energy sources like wind and solar would someday supply up to six percent of our energy needs. That was good, they said, and we'd need it. But six percent was the maximum. We're now learning that was a bald-faced. Lie. Here's my proof:

This is just a smattering of stories, but do some research on your own and you will discover two things: 1. energy experts are highly optimistic about the future of solar. 2. Utility companies don't want to see solar succeed because it is less profitable for them.

Now there are two sides to every story. Here are a couple facts I'm leaving out:

  • solar is only affordable now because of government subsidies
  • the precious metals inside solar panels must be mined, which is not good for the environment.
  • many of the metals inside solar panels come from a few countries and that could give them more power in the future -- the way oil has funded nations in the Middle East.
  • Solar is still small right now so all of this is speculation.

But do your own research and tell me if you agree: we've been lied to about the possibilities of solar (and other forms of renewable energy).

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