It’s very easy to find both supportive and non-supportive articles about the development and use of alternative/renewable energy. The government, local, state and federal, talk about and enact legislation. It appears that sometimes it is with aforethought and research and sometimes not. I wonder if this might be an influence on why alternative/renewable energy development and use goes in “spurts”.
Government rebate programs, incentives, subsidies and energy bills seek to strengthen our development and use of alternatives/renewables. Some of these “programs” have met with success, some have not.
In an article by Charles Steele of the Daily Caller, he states that “congress does indeed need to determine an energy solution for our country. At present though, they are in a mad cap rush to pass an energy bill before their August recess.” We don’t need this kind of abandon recklessness. Charles goes on to state there are several bills currently under consideration. Many of them could cause a rise in the current cost of energy, both alternative and traditional fossil fuel. I can ill afford to spend more on my energy bills, can you?
In yet another article by Nicolas Lorie of “The Foundary” Obamas “Green Jobs…” appear to be one of the government “boondoggles” or at the very least, a promise broken. The cost to “we taxpayers” is greater than the benefit. There are several other good points in Nicolas’s article, it would be a well worth while read. Just click on “The Foundary” link above to view his article.
If there are so many “downsides” to government involvement, what are some of the upsides?
As an upside, I believe #1 – It is doubtful that we would be as far along in research and development, use, legislation and regulation without government incentive. #2 – Alternative/Renewable energy can (and does) provide for some of our energy demands, but at what cost? #3 – Alternative/renewable energies are more environmentally friendly. Compared to using fossil fuel, there is a substantial decrease in CO2 emmisions.
As you can easily see, there are always “2 sides to the coin”. We are becoming ever more informed and educated. Hopefully we can make intelligent decisions regarding our development and use of alternative/renewable energy, even more, that our elected officials will make more informed, intelligent decisions about the legislation that can determine the direction we take.
This post is only a very small portion of what’s going on in the alternative/renewable energy arena. I’d like to expand on this in the future but …..
Next week, I’ll take a look at some of the scientific advancements coming about because of the increased interest and awareness about alternative/renewable energy.
I will also post some more of my favorite book’s links in the next 2 days. In the mean time, feel free to visit my Recommended Books page or Fun Links, Our Friends Links, Helpful Links page. Hope to hear from you soon. God Bless You Tim
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