There’s been massive advances and cost reductions in solar energy systems and this video below was a delight to watch. In a world that’s driven by evil it seems that there is some good news about the world’s future that the planet may survive after all (if the US doesn’t start WW3) and global warming may be a thing of the past. China is leading with the technology but a lot of German investment went into it too, and now Warren Buffett is investing heavily as well.
For half the countries in the world in sunnier climates solar energy is less half the price of other forms of energy, but wind energy costs are rapidly falling too. Even in cooler climates solar is still the cheapest energy and a scientist in the Netherlands has solved the problem of the fluctuating weather and energy storage difficulties by using electric car batteries when the cars are parked up unused. Each house equipped with solar energy will be able to supply itself, the car, and have enough power to spare to feed back into the national grid for other people and industry to use.
Imagine that, no fuel costs for your car ever again. Well, it’s coming.
It’s also a good documentary about China which shows how its different political system operates. Without elections to worry about the Chinese government was able to impose higher costs on its civilians in the past to reap much lower power costs later on for the benefit of everybody and the environment.
The second documentary is about the rise of China which describes how the Chinese in the past were used to emperors benevolently ruling over them and they accept the communist party in much the same way. In fact, they rather like their government. In China the emperor always had to rule benignly and fairly bringing culture, law and order, and civilization and the communist government is expected to do the same.
The Chinese say they have the system that the third world could emulate to end its poverty. They believe that they should set a good example in the same way the emperors in the past were expected to give a good example to their citizens and parents to their children. The Washington way of force and coerce is rejected. Confucianism forbids revenge and children are taught that it is bad, and it is considered to be a useless emotion, whereas Western culture is all about revenge, they say. This seems to be true from our films and novels.
In Christianity people are considered tainted by sin and no amount of goodness can change this, but the Chinese believe that if children are brought up properly they will turn into good people. Chinese society is more about cooperation and unity whereas Ayn Rand pure selfishness and cynicism seems to have influenced too many people in the West.
I found both documentaries to be uplifting.