Renewable Energy in Marrakech: Solar Water Pumps & More (Video)

Morocco has enormous solar and wind energy potential and plans to get 40% of its electricity from green energy sources by 2020, only 7 years from now.

This documentary explores the potential of clean energy in a country with loads of wind and sunshine, estimating that it could produce 2000 times as much energy as it now uses. Morocco has no hydrocarbon resources of its own to speak of.

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  1. In the comments about lottery winnings something was overlooked that could just as well fit here. I am refering to the comments about instant gratification, saving, investment, and income which were all related. The point that Americans need to be paid more was raised.
    Well I think that the problem is someone different. Americans are somewhat less than 5% of the world’s population yet they consume 25% of the world’s resources. Ok we know that multimillionaire is going to comsume more resources than a millioaire who will consume more than someone who is affluent who will consume more than someone who is middle class who will cosume more than someone who is poor.
    Yet there is a limit to how many pounds of steak and lobster a person can eat. Even a billionaire tires of buying another house. Not every rich person collects cars like Jay Leno. There is no doubt that for the sake of the environment the rich need to cut back. Yet for the sake of the environment even the middle class needs to cut back. How neccessary is it to race a snowmobil across a frozen lake?
    The USA uses 25% of the world’s resources yet will still do not have full emplyoement. Some people say that our unemployment rate is actually much higher than what we are told by the labor department. One of the critical points that is suppossed to be achieved by people buying things to meet their desires is to provide jobs to meet those desires.
    It seems to be working. We have created jobs to build cars, to build snowmobils and all terrain vehicles, we have created jobs to manufacture a multitude of things that range from very useful, to things that cater to the desire to indulge in an expensive, damaging, thrilling hobby. A new digital camera for example weighs very little. How many resources are used to make one compared to the benifits that it can deliver? I wonder what the (entire)costs benifits ratio of a camera or a cell phone is compared with something like sky diving or snowmobliling. I wonder what the cost benifit ratio of a camera is when compared with sitting in a traffic jam, or driving from Amsterdam to Barcelona for vacation.
    The industrial way of life is built on the idea that we will meet our needs. Then we will indulge our passions. When we run out of what we need to meet our needs OR indulge our passions we will take what we need from where ever we can find it. The costs that we CALCULATE we be paid by the end consumer. The costs that we DO NOT calculate will be by third parties. There is no need for us to concern ourself with that.
    If I am right about that then a misallocation of resources is occuring on at least one possibly two levels. First in not calculating all of the costs of resource extaction or
    in all of the costs of production. That would mean that
    we are not as rich as we thing we are. It would also mean that we are not as clever as we think we are. It would also mean that we are not as deserving as we think that we are. Second I would suspect that we are also not correctly calculating the true costs of production. If externalities ae not added in some people are unfairily benifiting.
    I have a question that I know that no one will answer. Even if we properly accounted for all of the costs of producing something is it OK for people to indulge in any passion that they can concieve of? Does the answer to that question depend of the timing of the indulgence? For example one might say that in a planet earth with 2 billion people racing 500 horsepower speed boats from Annapolis to Norfolk is acceptable but in a world with over 6 billion people it is not. Another might say, why should that matter? Those racing the speedboats from Annapolis to Norfolk did not create the extra 4 billion people. Those four billion other people should have had the sense to control their sex drive. If not that then at least use birth control. Such a person might add I would not complain about people racing speed boats from Buenos Aires to Montevidio or from Sydney to Perth why should others have a say in disrupting my passion. I pay for it fair and square.
    The world’s population will probably go up to 10 billion. That means the population of the USA will be added to the world 10 more times. Why should those of us in the USA and Europe and Japan have to modify our behavior to account for the behavior of others that we can not control? Liberals are asking us to think small so that we can all try to fit. Conservatives say at what point do you stop worrying about what happens else where and just live your life. What if there rest of the world produces 6 or even 9 billion more people instead of 3 billion. Will you then try to make your self so small that you can then mail yourself through FedEx on vacation?
    I really do not know what the best answer is? Efficiency has its limits.

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