California and Chile Sign “Alternative Energy Agreement”

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet is a go-getter, meeting with the Canadian head of state and with Governor Schwarzenegger in quick succession in an attempt to grapple with her country’s energy needs.

I would love to see solar power become cost-effective for something other than heating swimming pools; certainly the next few applications for that may be residential, until we’ve improved fuel-cell technology. But Chile and California (the world’s seventh-largest economy) have a lot in common in this regard: Chile imports three-quarters of its energy, and the U.S. as a whole is importing over half its petroleum products.

(X-posted at Little Miss Attila.)

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