Should the implementation of solar power play an important role in reducing our carbon footprints and battling climate change?

  • Yes it would play an important role.

    By implementing solar power energy it would play an important role in reducing our carbon footprint and help the battle with climate change by reducing the amount of gases and bio fuels we are currently using now with electricity. We would require less of the original resources we were uses and use the earths natural resources to help improve our lives.

  • Solar power, once it is set up and running, is a great source of free energy.

    Solar power should be an important part of reducing our carbon footprint. Once it is set up and running, it is effectively a source of free energy. It is not without its limits and is not entirely green technology, but, in the long run, it is better than burning fossil fuels. The long-term is really the area where solar power shines.

    Posted by: KnownEvan
  • Solar power is needed, as it is the only affordable energy source left.

    Solar power is the way to go. While the sun shines for free, it is expensive to implement. But, it is the only choice we have now. We have got to reduce our carbon footprint before the earth is ruined. Studies have shown that solar power is not as expensive as the current methods.

    Posted by: YummyWaylon76
  • In order to reduce carbon emissions, various alternative renewable energy resources must be utilized, and solar energy is one such important resource.

    In order to combat carbon emission and reliance on fossil fuels, a variety of renewable resources must be explored. Solar energy is, without a doubt, one such resource. In areas that receive a great deal of sunshine, solar can be a very effective energy source. Furthermore, solar panels can be fit conveniently on a variety of surfaces, such as the roofs of homes and businesses. This makes it possible to capture energy, without building unsightly power plants.

    Posted by: EminentBennett93
  • I think solar power should play a big part in our helping the environment, because solar power takes nothing from the earth, and also leaves nothing harmful in its wake.

    Solar power uses the sun's energy. The sun is going to shine, whether or not we have panels put up. So it wouldn't change anything about the environment in a negative way. It wouldn't take anything away or leave any harmful emissions. We also would use less oil and other things for electricity and heat, if the sun was handling it.

    Posted by: darcyska
  • I believe that solar power should play a large role in battling climate change, because it is a renewable energy source and creates no waste or pollutants.

    Solar energy, as well as wind energy (but that's another topic), must play an important role in reducing carbon footprints and battling climate change. Solar energy is a clean energy and is rapidly coming down in price to install and maintain. If a person is so inclined they may also sell extra energy back into the power grid to help offset the costs.

    Posted by: MonserratC
  • Yes, I think that solar power will play an important role in reducing our carbon footprints and battling climate change, because solar power is a constant source of energy that is completely usable, safe and 100% natural.

    Yes, I believe that the implementation of solar power should play an important role in reducing our carbon footprints and battling climate change. I think that harnessing the endless and free power provided by the sun will substantially reduce our carbon footprints, and decrease the climate change that is being caused by humanity. Compare fossil fuels with solar power, and it's obvious that using solar power is the safer, more natural option. The use of fossil fuels is a destructive process that depletes natural resources. Solar power is virtually endless, naturally occurring and environmentally friendly. I definitely believe that using solar power will reduce climate change and decrease our carbon footprints.

    Posted by: Issac McCarthy
  • Yes, because despite technological, financial, and logistical obstacles, solar has a role in reducing use of more scarce and polluting energy sources.

    The common wisdom about solar power seems to be that it is unfeasible as a major alternative to current fossil fuel-based energy use, because it is difficulty and expense in transmitting electricity derived from solar sources across the great distances needed to provide widespread access. Research and development, however, has addressed greater obstacles in the past, and should be unleashed on this problem. And even if these challenges somehow proved insuperable, more small-scale uses of solar, such as to power buildings (and perhaps even some cars) could make a significant dent in carbon emissions.

    Posted by: M4I4cFeIine
  • Solar power is a necessity in reducing our global footprint.

    Despite its cost, I think solar power has the potential to be incredibly useful to the human race - it would give us the ability to use electricity and maintain comfortable lives without damaging Earth in the process. While it sounds selfish, we have to be realistic: Most people prefer comfort over environmental protection.
    I don't think solar power should be implemented right away, though; I believe that further research and improvements need to be made before it goes commercial.

    Posted by: 54ndDavi
  • While solar cannot replace hydrocarbons now, it will help.

    Solar power can provide off the grid electricity to many southern parts of the United States. It can provide peak load support in the summer, when air conditioning drives up energy demand the highest. It can provide hot water heating throughout the United States year round, reducing by several percentage points our national energy consumption without destroying our standard of living. It can allow small power usage projects like school crossing signs to be electrified without using expensive batteries or wasteful power lines, while also decreasing power demand on the grid. Solar won't replace hydrocarbon, but in conjunction with other technologies, it will greatly reduce our hydrocarbon dependence.

    Posted by: Pir4And
  • Solar power is prohibitively expensive.

    Everything that I read tells me that solar power is too expensive to make it a practical answer to producing clean energy. If you have to spend $30,000 to build solar panels on a residential roof to provide electricity, that only saves $1,000 a year. It is not economically feasible, yet.

    Posted by: ddeathnote
  • Solar power, while a great idea, is not the solution for taking on the electricity needs of the entire world.

    While solar power is a great resource that should be implemented wherever it is cost and benefit-efficient, it should not take priority in our attempts to reduce carbon footprints or battling climate change. We need to take drastic measures that are much more resource friendly, and that is financially available to the general public. In order to make any difference on the global climate change we've already caused, we need to entirely restructure the human race.

    Posted by: NondescriptKevin
  • Solar power does not provide enough energy to counter-negotiate our carbon footprint or battle climate change.

    Over the course of the last twelve months, we have learned that the alternative sources, such as wind and solar, are not providing enough energy to counter our energy needs. In other words, while they can provide an monetary offset in costs for the individual, there is no chance either would become a keystone in affecting climate change. And furthermore, the debate that climate change is unnatural has not been substantiated in the first place.

    Posted by: Asher Cummings
  • At this point, output from solar power won't be enough.

    I'd love it if solar power could effectively end our dependence on foreign oil and fight climate change, but solar panels and similar devices simply aren't efficient enough yet to accomplish that goal. I think in the near term, we should be concentrating our environmental protection dollars on nuclear power plants and electric and hydro powered cars instead. If we could power our country completely by nuclear power and have all cars be electric or hydro, we could cut our emissions by some 30%.

    Posted by: 54uIIan
  • No, Solar power will not have any effect on the overall climate of the earth.

    The Sun is the primary driver in warm climate. The magnitude of the Sun's heat and radiation is unmatchable. Simply changing our lifestyle habits will not have any overall effect on climate or the elements. It is in my view naive for humans to assume responsibility for the climate of the earth. God controls the climate, not humans.

    Posted by: D Callahan

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