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Tag Archives: clean energy
By Martin Fluck | Published: October 1, 2010
Hopes for an energy bill in the Senate are dimming, Politico reported today. Senate Democratic leaders are backing away from plans to tackle any type of energy legislation during the upcoming lame duck session, including a renewable electricity standard and a response to the BP oil spill.
By Martin Fluck | Published: September 24, 2010
In The First Green Trade War, I facetiously suggested any conflict with China over trade imbalances could also be viewed from the environmental perspective, given that China is flooding Western markets with its heavily subsidized environmental technologies.
By Martin Fluck | Published: September 19, 2010
As if the UK economy doesn’t have enough problems, the new coalition government is going out of its way to create new ones, by pursuing its self-indulgent ‘clean’ energy policy. You’d imagine that it would be self evident that cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 34% within 10 years is completely hair brained – and reducing emissions by 80% in 2050 is economic suicide. But developments in California may soon highlight the prosperity terminating effect of such clean energy policies – now that it has become a major election issue in the California midterms.
By Martin Fluck | Published: September 11, 2010
If Congress votes to penalize Chinese imports and start a trade war it may have a lot to do with the Democrats’ frustration at their inability to build a homegrown clean energy sector. After all, it would be particularly embarrassing if the companies President Obama has boasted about being “the future” were to go bankrupt. So, because the green stimulus has failed to live up to the hype, and mostly created new jobs abroad, leading Democrats may now think the answer is to restrict imports.
By Martin Fluck | Published: August 29, 2010
Environmentalists seized upon President Obama’s stimulus plan as a means to turn America into a low-carbon economy by pouring massive amounts of money into clean energy and green transportation. But in these tough economic times, taxpayers are not prepared to keep footing the subsidy bill. Belatedly, there is now recognition at the highest levels of government that a green industrial revolution is no longer realistic, economically or politically.