We're pretty lazy in the summer, especially in summers without sufficient monsoon rains to inspire us. We're desert dwellers, and that means we basically spend the summer under a tree, not doing much but sweating and trying not to get sunburned.
Plenty of sun here in the southwest. Perfect for massive solar installations, right? Wrong. The desert is full of archeological and biological wonders, too precious to be bladed over for the sake of a cheap buck or cheap energy. Grid-dependent solar is not renewable energy. We're looking at you, Sierra Club. (See more heartfelt and informative coverage of this issue at Coyote Crossing.)
The answer to the global catastrophe that we've created is one that very few people want to hear: We need to dismantle civilization in order to save what is left of the planet, and perhaps ourselves too. It's depressing, sure, but it's also depressing to see the desert bladed over with the false promise that this will solve the problem of our energy consumption, our capitalist economy.