The Solar Fraud

Why Solar Energy Won't Run the World

A History of Failed Predictions

For decades, solar proponents have predicted that we would soon get 20% to 100% of our energy from solar sources — biomass, hydro, wind, solar-thermal, photovoltaics and others. 

The dreamy-eyed predictions all failed because they were based on emotional urges and political agendas rather than honest assessments.  The gurus were numerous, but solar energy is a topic of science, where votes don’t count, even when they come from high-profile lawyers, political appointees, and leaders of environmental organizations.

The Solar Fraud explains the realities of solar energy, especially how much one can expect from solar sources.

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Table of Contents 


DEDICATION 
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 
PREFACE 

CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION 1
CHAPTER 2. ENERGY IN THE US: BRIEF HISTORY 13
CHAPTER 3. THE SOLAR DRUMBEAT 38
CHAPTER 4. QUESTIONS FOR INQUIRING MINDS 61
CHAPTER 5. WE HAVE ONE SUN 69
CHAPTER 6. CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY 83
CHAPTER 7. BIOMASS 95
CHAPTER 8. HYDROPOWER IS SOLAR POWER 103
CHAPTER 9. WIND POWER IS SOLAR POWER 111
CHAPTER 10. DIRECT SOLAR HEAT 140
CHAPTER 11. FREE ELECTRICITY! 149
CHAPTER 12. MISCELLANEOUS NON-SOLAR “RENEWABLE” SOURCES 168
CHAPTER 13. THE SOLAR FRAUD 174
APPENDIX A 183
APPENDIX B 194
REFERENCES 210
GLOSSARY 213
INDEX 217
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 225

 

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