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I am pro-solar. All the way. But...

Let's take that graphic. A chunk of territory in CA (it appears) is enough to generate electricity for the entire nation. If you just crunch power consumption numbers vs solar output and panel efficiency, I could believe that. However, that's a gross oversimplification of the problem. You need battery storage for night time when there is no sun. What if it's cloudy and rainy for three days straight? What about transmission losses (if you are siting all your solar in sunny areas you will need to transmit the power hundreds of miles to places that aren't so sunny)? Lots and lots of complications that have to be accounted for in any actual infrastructure plan.

I can't say I'm a fan of nuclear, but I will take it over coal/fossil anytime. And with the above complications in a nation as large and climatically diverse as ours, it may be a necessary evil.
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