This is a criticism often levelled against them because, as a group, they tend to oppose many new technologies, for example, the genetic modification of crops and nuclear energy.
However, the Greens are passionately pro solar technology.
The only problem with this technology is that it tends to be uneconomical without massive government subsidies which I understand are not a problem for the Greens – subsidies that is.
Consider the Solar New England project which aims to install 400 solar power systems in households in the New England region of NSW, Australia, by the end of the 2010 financial year: for a one-off outlay of A$2,440 residents receive a A$14,600 fully-installed one
megawatt kilowatt solar power system that hooks straight into the power grid.
Households only have to pay a fraction of the cost because the systems will be provided in bulk and because of all the government subsidies for solar power.
The project has been described as “strengthening the sustainability of the region” and showing “collective and individual leadership” – but I’m not sure how. Then again, while I consider myself an environmentalist, I am perhaps not a Green.
The Greens are defined here in the broadest sense as one might refer to any group with particular unique characteristics for example farmers or Protestants.
Information on the Solar New England project from ‘Solar Simplicity Sells’ Matthew Cawood pg. 25 The Land, April 23, 2009.
The image of the solar panel is from http://www.germes-online.com/catalog/3/127/page2/209248/solar_panel.html