Thoughts on renewable energy and energy subsidies
by Liz Salerno, AWEA Director - Industry Data & Analysis
As the national discussion over energy policy begins anew, the topic of subsidies is again being raised by critics of clean, renewable energy sources. A few thoughts from our perspective:
* With the deficit at record levels, hypocrisy has no role in the discussion of eliminating Federal incentives for energy. A level playing field in the energy sector is what the renewable sector is seeking.
* The only energy sources with no sunset on their subsidies and a permanent place in the tax code are fossil fuels. For nearly 100 years, the U.S. government has dumped well over $500 billion into subsidizing fossil fuels, and the subsidies remain permanent. Yet, still unable to stand ...