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.
Tags: Alternative Energy, German Solar, Political Campaign Contributions, Solar Energy, Subsidies