WSJ Poll On Solar and Wind Power Subsidies
Should solar and wind power be subsidized? That is the question being asked by a current Wall Street Journal (WSJ) public poll. Generous funding from the federal government has led to explosive growth in US wind and solar power installations. Lost among the election year hoopla is the fact that many of those subsidies are set to expire soon unless Congress acts. Here is an opportunity for you to express your preference by voting online.
As most people who live in the US know, green energy is all the rage these days. Building roofs are being tiled with solar cells and every pasture and hillside sprouts gigantic wind turbines. What most people do not appreciate is that this green energy gold rush is being caused by government subsidies—the only reason one can build a green energy plant at a profit. The WSJ poll is attempting to sense public opinion for an up coming special report in that newspaper. Here is how the journal frames the question:
Supporters say the subsidies will allow renewable technologies to grow enough to become cost-competitive with conventional energy sources—and that their benefits include reduced pollution and decreased dependence on foreign oil.
Critics want to scale back or eliminate the subsidies, arguing that renewable sources have had decades to get established but still aren’t cost-competitive with conventional energy.
The poll offers a choice of four positions regarding the subsidies: they should be increased, they should stay the same, they should decline, and they should be eliminated. Below is a snapshot of the results taken after 12,289 responses.
The WSJ poll on wind and solar power subsidies at 12,289 votes cast.
We here at The Resilient Earth urge our readers ,whether US citizens or not, to visit the poll site and vote. As can be seen from the snapshot results shown above, the race is neck-in-neck.
Poll Update, Sept 8:
The number of votes in the WSJ green energy poll has passed the twenty thousand mark and the anti-subsidy block seems to have taken the lead.
The WSJ poll on wind and solar power subsidies at 20,490 votes cast.