Solar Struggles
China’s Newest White Elephant
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  • TommyTwo

    “Ideally, China would focus more on the research and development of more effective—and more competitive—solar technologies”

    The Ministry of State Security is doing its best, but the gweilo have yet to make sufficient progress.

  • crocodilechuck

    Where to begin, for Walt and his hapless slave labour workforce?

    1) First of all, Walt, all energy is solar: hydrocarbons, wind, nukes. It all comes from the same source.

    2) “China picked a loser”: You have it absolutely backwards. China’s explosive manufacture of PV since 2009 has made it cheaper than conventional energy sources:

    http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/1/6/energy-markets/solar-cheaper-gas-us-court

    http://reneweconomy.com.au/2012/solar-pv-its-cheaper-than-you-think-58689

    So, your statement, “But this isn’t a green success story—subsidizing production doesn’t change the fact that solar is more expensive than fossil fuels” is fundamentally incorrect. Moreover, PV costs will continue to decline-as fossil fuels themselves become yet more expensive in the future.

    Moreover, we – no country more so than the USA – should all be heartened by China’s ambition and resolve, to move from carbon based energy to renewables.

    May we kindly request that the ‘writers’ of this blog lift their game, significantly, in 2014. Content such as this post is puerile and embarrassing.

    • TommyTwo

      So, your statement, “But this isn’t a green success story—subsidizing production doesn’t change the fact that solar is more expensive than fossil fuels” is fundamentally incorrect.

      I read your links, but could not find the part in which they state that their calculations factor out Chinese subsidies.

      “First of all, Walt, all energy is solar”

      Alright then, next time I’m castigated by a Green for my profligate lifestyle, I’ll give him a wide-eyed look and explain that I only use solar energy.

  • lukelea

    Squandering the life-savings of the Chinese working classes, forced to put their savings in the state-owned banking system. Combined with the one-child policy, the future doesn’t look bright for the communist proletariat.

    It really is a terrible state. An enemy, not a friend, to us and to its own people. We are going to look foolish in the years ahead for our gullibility I predict.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    The Government Monopoly uninformed by the “Feedback of Competition” will always make the wrong decisions. The only way to limit the waste, inefficiency, and corruption of Government is to limit the Government to only those activities that only a Government can perform (Defense, Foreign Relations, Justice).

  • Bill_Woods

    “The Chinese government is pushing for a drastic shakeout of the country’s overcrowded solar cell industry, supporting only a quarter of players and practically telling the rest to get out of the business.”
    http://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Trends/China-hands-death-sentence-to-75-of-solar-cell-makers

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