Solar Energy Is Way More Crucial To Our Survival Than You May Think

Peter McClard
6 min readJan 21

I get the feeling there are a lot of people who think solar energy is for wimps and tree huggers. It’s some sort of Green New Deal plot to make us shiver in darkness while the Sun is down and quit using our gas stoves. Well, I have some news for you! The Sun shines down on us way more energy than we should ever need to light, heat and cool our homes and businesses, run our devices and transport us where we need to go. WAY more.

The sun continuously bathes the earth with 35,000 times the amount of energy required by all of us who now use electricity on the planet! And that is only 1 billionth of its output that happens to come our direction.

Sure, there are lots and lots of wealthy energy business types who hate the idea of endless free energy but they can suck it and behold the Sun, our personal friendly Thermonuclear Star that cranks out countless photons 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year for billions of years! Talk about Big Business, the Sun is the biggest, baddest business in the Solar System, ITS very own system. The Sun owns the Earth. All you oil execs, weenie drillers and rich princes stand back and stand by, and bow before the King of Energy in this Realm.

I’ll never feel sorry for Big Oil getting squeezed out of business because they had over 100 years of near-monopoly power and have accrued intense wealth. Look no further than ultra wealthy Middle Eastern countries that have enough wealth to transition to a completely solar-based lifestyle and they also happen to have no shortage of Sun which was why they have the oil in the first place. After all, oil is nothing but fossilized Sunlight from a different Epoch in time. So in a way oil is also solar energy, except it’s a dirty chemical version of it, a pretender, to the pristine real deal.

The Sun’s lightbulb is so bright that even on a cloudy day, we can still see quite well and that’s only in the visible range. The Sun also cranks out invisible (to us) light such as infrared and ultraviolet that penetrates the clouds too. That’s why newer, more efficient solar cells can still harvest plenty of photons on cloudy days too. The Sun’s hundreds of trillions of horsepower we receive is like each of the 8 billion people having their own free 20,000 HP engine to run things! That’s no…

Peter McClard

As a creative type, entrepreneur and philosopher, I write on many topics and try to offer solutions to, or useful insights into common problems.