Energy Research Dollars Visualized

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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3 responses

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

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