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Energy Research Dollars Visualized

| Friday February 25th, 2011 | 3 Comments

Something fun for your Friday, originally posted on WellHome: Government spending on alternative energy is quite small compared to the amount of money Americans spend on a variety of non-essential products and services. Consider this juxtaposition. What if even a small portion of our spending on the below were instead invested in our energy future?

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  • Lyzetto

    Good grief. How about a tax on tanning, plastic surgery and fortune telling that just goes straight to alt energy?

    I’m only half joking. If people are dumb enough to buy lottery tickets, why not just make a lottery that’s literally all about funding alt energy? You’d have to kick out a prize once in a while, but with the right marketing I’ll bet a government or entire industry could fun a lot of research!

  • http://frankurbanism.blogspot.com Frank Starkey

    You make a very worthwhile point, but you’re comparing government spending in alt energy research to private-sector spending on everything in the other categories (ie research, production, marketing, consumption, etc.).

    Intellectually, this is like comparing apples to basketballs.

  • http://www.triplepundit.com/author/sldi/ Terry Mock

    All people NEED sustainability, but most people WANT sex, drugs and rock & roll!

    How do we create a paradigm shift and avoid collapse? Are “charismatic projects” the answer? – http://www.triplepundit.com/2011/02/fractal-frontier/