Sun Powered Roads

I’ve been following this Idaho company for awhile now and every time I have mentioned them to other people I get the same skeptical looks. Glass as a road? Won’t it be too slick? Won’t it crack? Pfft, solar. Despite the company earning government funding for greater tested and advancements, it’s something that pretty much everyone I know just blow off.

Well, apparently it’s an idea the French like.

Why is this important right now? Saudi Arabia, Russia, and a couple of other countries are looking to freeze production of oil in an effort to stabilize (raise) the price. I don’t think it’s a secret that a lot of the United States’ headaches are generated from the Middle East and Russia. With it being an election year we Americans hear hourly about the scourge of ISIS, how Russia is going to become a global super power again (thank god we have Alaska keeping an eye on them), etc. Which means we hear a bunch of talk about building our military up, invading this or that country, bombing this or that country, etc.

In other words, we hear a lot about how a lot of lives are going to be thrown into the chipper to satiate some crazy ass political belief that doesn’t really fit with reality. Wouldn’t it be nice if we found a way of pulling the rug out from under places that we fear that didn’t involve planes, trains, and unmanned assault drones?

Strangely enough, there is. Oil is a backbone for that region. It’s the lifeblood of their economies, and the West’s insatiable desire to drive hours to work every day makes that heart pump.

So maybe we should explore weening ourselves off oil a bit more? Maybe explore more green energy technologies, and electric cars? Being able to repave our roads in solar panels would enable us to upgrade our infrastructure and cut hostile actors off at the knees.

Seriously, not sure why this angle for moving away from fossil fuels isn’t played up more. Unless we secretly don’t want the middle east to go away as a Big Bad… .

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