On Thom's show today (7/21/10) he breathlessly praised the German effort for alternative energy sources for electrical power generation. Both he and his guest repeatedly erred when quoting alternative power generation figures as "8MW" (eight megawatts). That figure is about 1,000 times too low. In fact 8MW would service only a about 7-8 thousand average American homes. The real figure is a optimal capacity of 8,800MW or simply stated 8.8GW - expressed as a yearly energy output simply multiply by the number of hours in a year (8760) and you get 77,088GW/Hrs or 77,088,000 MW/Hrs (and I'm being generous - the sun can be obscured by clouds and of course doesn't shine at night). Putting that in perspective the US consumed in 2008 (latest accurate EIA figures see: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epa/figes1.html ) approximately 4,200,000,000 MWHrs....so Germany's ENTIRE alternative energy program would supply 0.00183% (yes, that's 1/54,000th) of the energy requirements of the U.S.. So Thom, once again you have proposed a solution without understanding the problem set - typical liberal thinking!

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