German versus American Approach to Solar: Benefiting the Country instead of Politicians25 Feb

In a recent blog post, I noted that Alternative Energy (i.e., wind, solar) would most likely receive considerably increased R&D funding from Congress if that industry  donated vastly more campaign money to Congressional fundraising. For example, Oil & Gas has reaped favorable tax treatment from Congress compared to Alternative Energy due to their  generous political campaign contributions.  To a great extent, U.S. energy policy is heavily influenced by supporting politicians in their pursuit of elected office and not on  national survival related to developing viable renewable energy technologies. Fossil fuels are finite. What energy sources will sustain your grandchildren?

In contrast, the German government has devoted considerable resources to developing solar energy technologies as the post below indicates. This post was obtained from  Being Liberal. The United States could follow a similar renewable energy path if there were political campaign spending limits and congressional term limits in order to suppress the control that Oil & Gas has over Congress.


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About Dr. Everson

Prior to forming this SBIR consultant practice, Dr. Jeffrey Everson was director of business development for QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group (previously Foster-Miller, Inc.).

Dr. Everson has won and been the principal investigator for several SBIR programs, including a Phase I program for NASA, a Phase I project for the U.S. Air Force, and Phase I and II contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Phase II program, he received a Tibbetts Award for exemplifying the best in SBIR achievement.

Previously Dr. Everson held senior scientist positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Honeywell Electro Optics Systems Division, and Itek Optical Systems Division.

He holds a PhD in physics from Boston College and a MS/BS in physics from Northeastern University.


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JHEverson Consulting is based in the Boston area but consults for clients throughout North America. It also is supported by affiliated consultants.