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Good Government Investments in Renewable Energy - By Richard W. Caperton
A great paper about good energy policy as the key to progress in jobs, economic health, and energy security - Kevin
Good Government Investments in Renewable Energy
Fair, Effective, and Efficient Tax Policy Is Key for Driving Renewable Energy Growth
By Richard W. Caperton
Center for American Progress
Budget deficits drove the conversation in Washington in 2011 with the daily news dominated by government shutdown threats, the “super committee,” continuing resolutions, and arcane budgeting practices. Unfortunately, this left Americans convinced
that government investments in the future are off the table because of large federal
budget deficits that need to be reduced.
Americans were misled.
As the Center for American Progress points out, the United States can balance our budget, reduce our long-term debt, and make key investments in our future all at the same time. CAP’s plan works toward a more vibrant economy where all Americans are better off and clean energy is an integral part of this future. Best of all, the investments that government needs to make are relatively modest and can be paid
for by ending wasteful spending in the same energy sector.
There is no doubt that Americans need clean energy because it’s vital to our nation’s economic competitiveness, security, and health. There is also no doubt that government will play an important role in making the transition to clean energy.
Why? Because the federal government always has been—and always will be—a player in energy markets. The federal government has made investments in energy for more than a century, by granting access to resources on public lands, helping build railroads and waterways to transport fuels, building dams to provide electricity, subsidizing exploration and extraction of fossil fuels, providing financing to electrify rural America, taking on risk in nuclear power, and conducting research and development in virtually all energy sources.
There’s no reason that Washington should stop making new investments.....
(Read and download the entire article with link above).