Energy by the Numbers

If you care about Scaling Green and growing clean tech industries, you want to be reading Solar Fred on a regular basis.

In yesterday’s post, Fred encouraged his readers to “focus on envisioning what going solar really means from more of an emotional perspective.”

Thanks to the horrific pictures and personalized maps coming out of the Gulf, it is easier than ever to bring an emotional perspective to alternative energies.

But let’s not let our emotions get away from us.

Let’s take a look at some hard numbers.

This morning’s Huffington Post links to a new report predicting the cost to Florida’s tourism-based economy from the BP oil disaster – a $10 billion hit and 200,000 jobs lost.

Hard numbers indeed.

These are in direct contrast to the numbers coming out of New York, where solar energy is promising to create more than 20,000 jobs and boost the economy by $20 billion – and that is only one state. Writer Todd Woody, in a piece that appeared on his blog as well as Grist, provides the details of how 5,000 megawatts of solar power can make such a positive difference.

And still the numbers come.

Earlier this week the International Energy Agency reported that the lavish corporate welfare enjoyed by the fossil fuel industries is now $557 billion a year.

It makes us wonder why these companies should get more giveaways in any comprehensive climate and energy bill.

They don’t need it. They haven’t earned it. They don’t deserve it.