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Republicans have been running Georgia for about 9 years and a lot of money has been wasted on renewable energy
Its unfortunate that a mixture of uninformed politicians about renewable energy and smart lobbyists lead to billions of dollars wasted. The media has been slow featuring these problems and the public seems aloof to waste of their money.
How much money is being spent annually in Georgia to subsidize buying electric cars, putting solar panels on roofs, installing a wind turbine on your property, paying for pumps at gas stations to carry E-85 ethanol mixtures, having renewable energy companies locate or start up in Georgia, pay for compressed natural gas filling stations be made available, require Georgia Power to pay above normal rates for electricity piped back into their system from privately owned solar panels or wind turbines?
I don’t know the answers to my question. Laws regarding renewable energy generate no news at the Georgia Capitol.
On a national basis, renewable energy has been chugging along at a few billion per year from 1978 to 2002. President Bush was bushwhacked by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and started to get laws passed that increased spending maybe five-fold. President Obama had renewables on his agenda as an alternate to eliminating use of fossil fuels and now spends most likely $100 billion per year spread throughout all government agencies–DOE,DOA, DOI,DOD, EPA, etc.
Regulations by EPA and other government agencies to impede the use of fossil fuels should be considered a subsidy foer renewable energy. Money spent by regulating agencies and losses by the fossil fuel and power companies should be added to the subsidies for renewable energy. Thus renewable energy subsidies may be more than several hundred billion annually.
In light of our abundance of fossil fuels; all renewable energy programs are impractical. To get rid of these programs we need a strong leader. I don’t know who it would be.