Obama Promotes Solar Power in Alaskan City with Little Winter Sun

If someone’s a really good salesman, we often describe that person as being able to sell ice to Eskimos. Obama recently tried selling the idea of solar power to a group of people in Northern Alaska who don’t see a whole lot of sunlight. In fact, for some 34 days out of the year, they see not quite six hours of sunlight a day. The sun rises around 10 in the morning and sets around 4 in the afternoon.

Of course, it just depends on what time of year it is. During December and January, there’s very little sunlight. During parts of the summer, like in June, there’s a lot.

It’s during their winter months that they’d need power the most to generate heat. And that’s when they don’t much sunlight. CNS News reported:

President Obama promoted solar energy to residents of Kotzebue, an Alaskan town located 26 miles north of the Arctic Circle that gets less than six hours of sunlight for 34 days in early December through early January.

“I know you guys have started putting up solar panels and wind turbines around Kotzebue. And because energy costs are pretty severe up here, for remote Alaskan communities, one of the biggest problems is high energy costs,” the president said in a speech he delivered during a three-day tour of the state in which he stressed the dangers of climate change.

“One of the reasons I came up here is to really focus on what is probably the biggest challenge our planet faces. If there’s one thing that threatens opportunity and prosperity for everybody, wherever we live, it’s the threat of a changing climate,” said Obama, the first president to venture north of the Arctic Circle.

“We are the number-one producer of oil and gas. But we’re transitioning away from energy that creates the carbon that’s warming the planet and threatening our health and our environment, and we’re going all in on clean, renewable energy sources like wind and solar. And Alaska has the natural resources to be a global leader in this effort,” the president said. 

“So we’re going to deploy more new clean-energy projects on Native lands, and that’s going to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, promote new jobs and new growth in your communities,” he added.

Both solar and wind-generated power are great ideas. They need more development to make them more affordable and efficient, but most of all, the government needs to get out of the energy industry. That includes oil and gas. The government shouldn’t be so involved in deciding what energy source people use and which ones are not allowed. They want to pretend it has to do with their concern for the environment, but it has everything to do with money and power. They want returns on their green industry investments. They want control.