Legalize Plug-in Solar TODAY!!
Here’s a GREAT example of why the US isn’t able to deliver economic progress anymore.
For the past couple of years, very inexpensive and completely safe plug-in solar technology has been available from reputable vendors.
Plug in solar makes it VERY easy install a solar panel. All you need to do is mount it and plug it into your wall socket. That’s it.
As you can guess, this technology would completely revolutionize solar power overnight. It not only makes it easy enough for anyone to install it, it cuts the prices of an installation to less than 1/3 of what a “professional install” would cost.
In other words, in most states the panels you install this way would be paying you an income (!!) in less than three years.
Despite these obvious benefits, this technology isn’t being used in the US.
One reason is bureaucracy. The government bureaucracy we’ve built in the US since WW2 prevents Americans from innovating.
How? Regulations aren’t built to change things. They are meant to keep things the way they were.
This means that plug-in solar isn’t allowed until there is a regulation that allows us to use it. In this case, there are tens of thousands of state and local bureaucrats will prevent you from using plug in solar, because there aren’t any regulations that say it is legal to use it.
In short, we’ve created an economic system where an innovation isn’t innovation until a bureaucrat writes a regulation that says it is.
The other reason is corporate avarice. In this case, the power industry is lobbying the government to prevent Americans from taking control of their energy production. The professional installers hate it because it puts them out of business.
The power companies hate it because they want to own the solar panels on your roof and lease them back to you like a finance company. They want you remain dependent on them for energy forever while they reap a windfall of profits guaranteed by the government.
Worse, there’s not much we can do about it. As this Princeton study shows, corporations and other economic elites have complete control over US gov’t policy. In contrast, we have zero influence.
The reason we don’t have any influence is that Americans have given up our economic independence. We’ve become economically dependent and that makes it impossible for us to have any real influence over our government.
Until we change that, nothing can be done.
So, start taking economic independence seriously again. Be part of the solution, not the problem.