Will Solar Energy Revitalize the Economy for Southwest Inn at Sedona?
The Southwest region of the United States is considered one of the key areas for the development of Solar energy. This was highlighted at a recent gathering in Las Vegas, as discussed in an excellent article in the Christian Science Monitor. The concept of revitalizing our economy through innovative energy development in the Southwest is also the solution expresssed in Richard Duncan's book, "The New Depression". Many Arizona hotels and businesses in the Southwest, like the Southwest Inn at Sedona have suffered in what authors Reinhart and Rogoff labeled as the 2nd Great Contraction in their extensive text, "This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly".
During the 2nd 2012 Presidential Debate, both Candidate Romney and Incumbant Obama mentioned the need for energy independance, including developing alternative energy like solar, hydro, and wind. So, we have to ask ourselves-which nominee will more likely be able to successfully revitalize the Southwest economy through the development of Solar energy-former Governor Romney, or President Obama?
Of concern: are the pledges of President Obama, and the recent statements of Senate Majority Leader Reid; and the misuse of stimulus funds during the last four years. The recent pledges of the President sound identicle to the pledges of the 2008 "then candidate Obama", and yet in the four years that he has been in office, not a single solar tower has appeared in the deserts of Arizona or Nevada. However, as we now know, thousands, millions and billions of the stimulus funds were channeled into solar panel manufacturing companies: shouldn't the funds have gone into the infrastructure development, so that there would have been a demand for the solar panels? Is this what Governor Romney brings to the table from private enterprise-a common sence approach to logical business solutions?
Is it time to give a businessman a shot at running the government? The Southwest has been one of the hardest hit regions in the United States; the devlopment of alternative energy in the Southwest would go a long way towards revitalizing the Southwest economies. Is there any reason to believe that the next four years will be any better than the last four years?