It is getting harder not to scream
"think you moron" when someone suggests that solar and wind and renewables are not good investments because they depend upon Government subsidys to compete, when I consider fossil fuel's tax breaks for exploration, the passed on costs of spill cleanup, a war in Iraq, all military costs in the middle east, the strategic petroleum reserve, automobile emissions controls, as only some of the subsidys that fossil fuels depend upon.
And then I remember that most people don't think. They repeat tired narratives, grunt in all knowing agreement, and run up the prices of companys with declining resources and increasing costs, dependent upon ever greater subsidys and Government investment every year.
And I think to myself that it was smart to subsidize the oil industry in 1930 and 40 and 50. But it is really not smart to continue to do so now that the cost of those subsidies is so out of control and cheaper and safer alternatives for energy exist.
If subsidys make renewables a bad investment, it is only because of the crippling power a dependency upon the oil industry allows them to inflict on us.