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The Cleantech Crash
CBS News, by Lesley Stahl

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 1/6/2014 10:15:03 AM

The following is a script from "The Cleantech Crash" which aired on Jan. 5, 2014. Lesley Stahl is the correspondent. Shachar Bar-On, producer. About a decade ago, the smart people who funded the Internet turned their attention to the energy sector, rallying tech engineers to invent ways to get us off fossil fuels, devise powerful solar panels, clean cars, and futuristic batteries. The idea got a catchy name: “Cleantech.” Silicon Valley got Washington excited about it. President Bush was an early supporter, but the federal purse strings truly loosened under President Obama. Hoping to create innovation and jobs, he committed north of

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 1/6/2014 11:17:30 AM     (No. 9681568)

How many ways is CBS and 60 minutes lying now? There were no people that funded the internet, it was the US Military. Bet she even thinks Al Gore is smart. Smart people never supported the billions that Obama has forced us all to foolishly waste.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: happywarrior, 1/6/2014 11:42:04 AM     (No. 9681599)

Just to confirm that she really said "the smart people that funded the internet", I clicked on the link and heard her say it! It sounds like some twenty something twit wrote that and I can´t believe Leslie Stahl actually said it with a straight face.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: tomanderson61, 1/6/2014 11:44:48 AM     (No. 9681600)

#2 I am surprised she didn´t say interwebs or her internets.



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Reply 4 - Posted by: dvc, 1/6/2014 12:17:07 PM     (No. 9681649)

Starting in 1974, I was powertrain designer on a hybrid bus built and tested at the Univ of Fla. An earlier team built a hybrid car, we built several electric cars. I studied solar energy under Eric Farber, who built a solar heated and air conditioned house then, too. I worked and studied for 8 years in the field of "alternate energy" before realizing that it was NOT a technical problem. The technical problems were largely solvable, many were solved decades ago. I designed and built a solar powered home in remote Colorado, vacationing there since 1995, because conventional power was not available. These are not technical problems.

"Alternate energy" (now Cleantech) was AND IS an ECONOMIC issue, not a technical one. The technical problems are solvable.

YES - we can do all these things but they are **NON-ECONOMICAL**.

Only a fool will do them when there are far cheaper, simpler, more reliable methods ALREADY IN PLACE based on petroleum.

This has ALWAYS been a fool´s errand. We are NOT running out of oil or gas any time soon, and until we do these silly ´Cleantech´ devices will fail IN THE MARKETPLACE. Only an economic fool buys a hybrid car, the most visible ´cleantech´ artifact. They do NOT cost less over their life than a comparable conventional car and consume MORE resources to build. They are not an economical solution to the problem of transportation, they are greenie-weenie feel-good technotoys.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: oh-heck, 1/6/2014 12:23:28 PM     (No. 9681661)

The underlying premise is that the oil is the result of time and temperature acting on animal remains deposited millions of years ago. If we consume it, we´ll have to wait for more. But if oil and gas are the result of reactions at the earths core, oil and gas might be renewable resources.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: globalwarmer, 1/6/2014 12:35:34 PM     (No. 9681672)

Lesley Stahl? Oh, that´s the one that doesn´t know what "Orwellian" means, that intrusive style government of which she is a leading proponent.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/6/2014 6:17:22 PM     (No. 9682204)

Leslie will not be rewarded for letting the gov look like they wasted money on Cleantech.

How sad this woman will not retire. Her looks are suffering while the wig is still big and her lips have been stretched to the max.

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