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What are some political issues concerning alternative energy?

Question by benitolim: What are some political issues concerning alternative energy?
I can think of plenty of economic issues, but I can’t seem to think of any political issues.

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Answer by julvrug
You mean like the fact that congress has shot down many ideas in the past and most likely will in the future? like nuclear is too dangerous, although it is currently safer than many things with today’s technology. that we could really use more refineries outside of the gulf and none have been built in over 25 years. that we cannot build wind farms because it would kill some birds that might fly into them, umm I know there are more just not coming to me at the moment.

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3 comments on “What are some political issues concerning alternative energy?

  • One major issue concerning the development and utilization of alternative energy sources is the lack of political will to support such endeavor. In the US, former president Bill Clinton did not submit the Kyoto Protocol (an international treaty which aims to reduce the collective emission of Greenhouse Gases in signatory nations) to the Republican-dominated Senate who opposed the abovesaid amendment. Environmental policies in developing nations, like the Philippines, are not adequate, as they permit multinational and transnational companies to deliberately exploit their natural resources for economic gain while disregarding local environmental policies.

    Louise VincenT B. Amante (2007) in his article “The Heat is On: the Politics of Global Warming” pointed out that although the polestar of the environmental organizations’ campaign is the development as well as future utilization of alternative, renewable energy sources (e.g. biofuel, solar heat, geothermal heat, wind power, and hydropower), these sources will stay in their archetypal form. There is no government that shall fully promote the aforesaid energy sources given the contemporary world economic order. Amante (2007, p.11) further asserts: “If these are actually carried out, they will not be accessible to developing nations because of high market costs.”

  • Vigilante Vampire

    June 5, 2013 at 9:59 am

    The political issues concerning it are the cost. I find it interesting how everyone is saying it’s not cost-effective to rebuild our infrastructure toward green energy. It wouldn’t cost us half as much as this stupid war has cost us. We like fossil fuels because they’re cheap and have dense outputs. The political issues are the fact that so many of the oil companies have lobbyists and have everything tied down.

  • well….
    that’s an easy one….

    everyone knows it has to do with the kickbacks….

    who’s screwing who and for how much…

    in the end you pay the bill they cash in …

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