China, solar power, the Gobi Desert, and 3 years

NASA’s Earth Observing Satellite 1 has been imaging Earth’s surface for a while. That permits long term comparisons. One is dramatic evidence of China’s commitment to zero Carbon energy, in the Gobi Desert. Here are two images from that platform, taken in 2012 and again in 2015. China’s present installed solar capacity is 33 gigawatts. The installed solar capacity in the United States is 20 gigawatts.

Note China is doing this without a Carbon Tax because, well, they can. Meanwhile, the United States and its population distracts itself with pointless exercises in pursuing natural gas, as if that is going to accomplish anything in the long run. It is a bridge to nowhere. It will require people to fund the construction of one energy infrastructure, by paying elevated rates or through their tax dollars, which will be thrown away, and another one will need to be built.



Hat tip to NASA’s Earth Observatory Web site for this story.

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See Retired data scientist and statistician. Now working projects in quantitative ecology and, specifically, phenology of Bryophyta and technical methods for their study.
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