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Shh… don’t mention Israel!

YM’s doing research into alternative energy sources for a Geography project.  So he “researched” (ie what passes on Google for research) and found the following information on this site, sponsored by a variety of Canadian petroleum, government and other conventional-energy interests.

“Active solar water heating devices are increasingly used worldwide and are especially prevalent in areas where they provide a cost-effective alternative to traditional energy sources. In places such as Hawaii, where energy costs are exceptionally high, more than 15 per cent of homes use solar water heating devices.”

Two agendas working here, and it is a marvel of loveliness to see how well they’re synchronized.

Agenda #1:  “Whatever you do, don’t make solar power sound effective!”  Or like solar energy could possibly replace much demand for the conventional energy this consortium produces.  Hence the “more than 15%” statistic… not exactly a resounding success story.

Agenda #2:  And then there’s, “Whatever you do, don’t mention Israel!”  Like the fact that everyone in Israel (okay, 90% of everybody) relies on a dud shemesh [rooftop solar heater] for hot water. 

Being aligned as much with the Canadian government as with the oil interests, there’s no way they could say that.

Happy erev Yom Yerushalayim!

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  1. Bah. May I also mention that in Barbados, pretty much EVERY house has a solar water tank on the roof. And we've never run out of hot water, either.

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