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Does US Have The Will To Develop Clean Energy?

| Thursday May 26th, 2005 | 5 Comments

clean_spin.jpgJust found a great article from Jeffrey Immelt (GE CEO) and Jonathan Lash (WRI) from Saturday May 21st’s Washington Post. They say our (US’s) primary objective must be to revolutionize the way we produce and consume energy and that fundamental change will require three things:
1) The brainpower to develop new technology
2) A market that makes clean technologies profitable
3) A strong dose of American will.
They argue that we currently have 2 out of 3.
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  • Anonymous

    Things are far worse than they at first appear.
    The proposal of two Senators to halt federal subsidies for wind farms drove this point further home to me: In Washington, it is politics as usual, and as yet they have no inkling that they are facing an unusual problem.
    I hope Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and John Warner (R-VA) get a lot of grief for this … I mean, for them to actually think that they could introduce such a bill without widespread blowback and derision!
    http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=30845

  • Anonymous

    You know, with a level no-subsidy playing field, as is sometimes recommended … I don’t doubt that wind power use would grow.
    My question to you is, when these guys subsidize “clean coal” and so forth … while at the same time eliminating wind power subsidies … what happens?

  • http://www.sustainablemarketing.com Ivan Storck

    There is a plan being proposed by Krystal Planet founder Troy Helming called the Freedom Plan that will get the U.S. on wind energy in 10 years without any government intervention. It’s worth reading.

  • http://www.conservationvalue.org Jon Gelbard

    Great post, OJ. I agree with one of the other articles that the problem in many ways is the government–subsidies in the wrong place. Also the media–more interested in Michael Jackson and Martha Stewart than the fact that we are getting raped at the pump and all have less money to spend while oil companies are experiencing record profits. Take the converse of that and you have a positive solution–more energy efficieny means more money in our pockets to spend on electronics, travel, entertainment, clothing, housing, home improvement, you name it–everything else other than energy. And the environment is cleaner, safer and healthier.

  • http://www.conservationvalue.org Jon Gelbard

    More on lack of Federal Leadership on Safer, Cleaner Energy in this article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/05/22/business/yourmoney/22coal.html
    So we could have plants that burn coal a lot cleaner with better federal leadership, which we sorely lack right now.