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GOP Congress Helping China Kill America’s Green Energy Industry

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 23, 2012

Not sure if this is mainly to please their dirty-energy industry friends, or because they might be getting money from overseas green-energy businesses, or some other combination of vectors, but this doesn’t reflect well on our GOP Congress:

According to Third Way, Congress’ view that private sector funding will be enough to create a vibrant new industry “ignores history.” It writes, “when the opportunities and/or risks are perceived to be in the national inter­est, the federal government has supported numerous industries and individual companies for centuries. As far back as 1789, the government imposed tariffs on coal imported from Great Britain in order to give domestic producers a competi­tive advantage in a developing domestic market.”

The report then points to the billions of dollars that the U.S. government has offered to oil, gas and nuclear companies, vastly greater than the level of support offered to renewables.

The full report is here.

3 Responses to “GOP Congress Helping China Kill America’s Green Energy Industry”

  1. Charles II said

    A post I was thinking of making, but was hoping you would do, is on the resignation of Gregory Jaczko of the Nuclear ::heh:: Regulatory Commission. The media has been pushing the line that he is a PITA. But the line that jumps out at me is this:

    …some commissioners have clashed with Dr. Jaczko on the issue of how promptly the American nuclear industry should have to make improvements in response to the triple meltdown in Japan in March and the speed with which he closed out his agency’s evaluation of the Energy Department’s proposed nuclear waste repository at Yucca Mountain in the Nevada desert.

    He has been the only voice among a commission of industry hacks to suggest caution. Now that he’s gone, even Katie can’t bar the door.

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