Buzz Says: Drill Up for Solar Power, Not Down for Oil


On Tuesday June 15th President Barack Obama pointed to an energy future in which alternative sources, “ingenious” sources will replace the oil that is now spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

China and Germany already dominate the traditional green energies. But there is one energy technology in which America leads the world–solar power from space.

Buzz Aldrin and 20 other experts in the space community have urged the president to put space solar power on his energy agenda.

As Mr. Obama points out, “Each day, we send nearly $1 billion of our wealth to foreign countries for their oil.” Solar power harvested in space can turn America into a net energy exporter.

Obama says, “Now is the moment for this generation to embark on a national mission to unleash America’s innovation and seize control of our own destiny.”

“The one answer I will not settle for is the idea that this challenge is too big and too difficult to meet.”

Solar power harvested in space is the one challenge that can do the most to radically change this nation’s destiny.

  • I agree that implementing solar harvesting in space is an ideal move for governments. However, I think that there also needs to be a move towards solar energy on the more individual level. It will take an effort on the part of individuals, coupled with government programs, to make a lasting impact on the way we produce and consume energy. Using solar energy in the home is a great start. While it can be expensive, there are ways to make it more worthwhile. For example, Ontario’s MicroFIT program offers to buy back electricity produced from solar energy at a set rate, which makes implementing solar energy a more attractive idea to homeowners.