By Lowell Feld, Guest Columnist Now is an exciting time to be in the clean energy space, with several powerful vectors – technology advances; rapidly dropping costs; continued fossil fuel price volatility; environmental imperatives, such as climate disruption and water shortages; and the resulting national...
According to an Associated Press investigation, there's been an oil spill going on in the Gulf of Mexico for "more than a decade." That's bad enough, but it gets worse.
In sum, most states would benefit from a revenue-neutral carbon tax on purely economic grounds, but adding in the environmental beneifts makes it a huge winner in Rhode Island, and across the country.
likely 2016 voters want the federal government to rely more on solar power by a 71-point margin (80%-9%), and to rely more on wind power by a 59-point margin (73%-14%). In stark contrast, those same likely voters want the federal government to rely less on coal by a 34-point margin (55%-21%) and less on oil by a 29-points margin (53%-24%). You can't much clearer than that.
In sum, we know that natural gas fracking is harmful and dangerous in a variety of ways, we're just not sure exactly how harmful it is. Meanwhile, we know that clean energy - solar, wind, energy efficiency, etc. - is safe and economical. Which is why the argument that we should stick with natural gas (as "bridge fuel" or whatever), while shortchanging clean energy, makes no sense whatsoever.