Bill you're right in that the world needs more renewable sources of energy, however, that will do nothing to address the problem of Americans being too wasteful when they use oil and oil products.
You see to manufacture solar panels, what do you need? Yes, you need oil. Without it, how do you make the plastics, mine the metals used in it, transport, install and maintain it? As Peak Oil is now well under way, the cost of solar panels will pay for themselves much faster as oil rockets to at least $200 a barrel by Christmas. But then so do the costs of making them.
If alternative energies were going to be utilised to any significant degree, the legislation of Jimmy Carter would not have been repealed by Regan. Republicans have not been able to see beyond their own noses to the future. Now it is the progressive Governments of Europe that invested in renewable energies that will watch as America crashes and burns, their economy, so dependant on cheap oil in ruins and more and more of their people in poverty while the rich get richer.
Your only hope is increased efficiency and conservation of the oil that is left, but stupid, selfish Homer Simpson type Americans will never vote for that. When they stop behaving as if someone has taken their lollipop away because they have to pay a little more for gas, maybe they will grow up and understand that oil is a FINITE resource and that it was bound to start depleting some day.
Bush and his oil buddies have known this for a long time, but did they prepare America for it? Of course not! They initated an illegal war to defraud the American populace of millions. They have no intention of sorting out any of the mess they have made before leaving office and enjoying their ill gotten gains, at the expense of American lives, because unless you are in the elite club, they don't give a sh*t about you.
The war has cost enough to put solar panels on every house in America. Wouldn't that have been a much better use for the money? Or do you prefer that it goes to Bush's pension fund? What has happened to the 'missing' 23 billion?