Yes the general support of atheists for
science means we support the scientific consensus on the environment.
There is nothing in the Bible saying that God wants them to support
fossil fuel companies against this consensus. However, that is one
of the contentious battles we have with many of those who are
I have been impressed with the dramatic
market achievements of the Germans on solar energy. One of our
proposed questions to the DC candidates at our forum: Germans install
solar energy systems on residential roofs for about $2 per peak watt.
In DC multiple vendors are able to do it for $4 per peak watt or
slightly less. A major difference is that in Germany there are no
required permits and inspections reducing costs by about $2,000 on
average. There is a web based form that needs to be filled in no
more than two hours. A German installation is typically done in two
weeks or less. The complexity of the American process can requires
much more time and higher profit margins. What would you advocate to
bring DC costs down to something closer to the average in Germany?
A big part of the difference is this
differential in permitting and inspection costs. Much of it is also
lack of experience. Another big part is the time spent in the sales
effort in acquiring customers. Of course, a big fat part of the
differential is a difference in the net profit margin. Obviously
with a much longer sales cycle (perhaps six months instead of two
weeks) a bigger profit margin is required.
I think this is again an area where we
need to get out of debating mode and push the political process.
This is especially so if we can get electricity that is cheaper than
what we now pay for from the grid. The technology is near the point
where that can be what we get. All we need is a range of
governmental policy changes to get it done. Washington DC has
enormous roof area. Many of our office buildings are of the same or
similar height. That means those roofs are not shaded by other
buildings. This is an ideal city to become the solar revolution city
in our region.
From: Chad <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Saturday, March 23,[masked]:16 PM
Subject: Re: [atheists-27] AND no Anti-Liberarianism till Sunday
You asked about what values we may share as atheists specifically within this group. Surely among our numbers there is no quarrel concerning the axioms of the natural world and the falseness of religion. However, personal values concerning what we do individually to address environmental issues, animal welfare issues, to raising our children would be of particular interest to me. As a bleeding heart liberal vegetarian with a toddler I would wade right into such topics.
Don Wharton <[address removed]> wrote: