"Waning Support for Wind and Solar"

"Assisted by technological innovation and years of subsidies, the cost of wind and solar power has fallen sharply — so much so that the two industries say that they can sometimes deliver cleaner electricity at prices competitive with power made from fossil fuels. At the same time, wind and solar companies are telling Congress that they cannot be truly competitive and keep creating jobs without a few more years of government support."

"Their efforts received a boost on Thursday from President Obama, who called for a package of tax credits for renewable power as part of a broader energy plan that he outlined while on a campaign swing through Nevada and Colorado.

But the lobbying by the wind and solar industries comes at a time when there is little enthusiasm for alternative-energy subsidies in Washington."

Diane Cardwell reports for the New York Times January 26, 2012.


"Renewables From Vestas to Suntech Plan Profit Without Subsidy" (Bloomberg Businessweek)

"Clean Energy Is a Wedge Issue That Favors Democrats" (Grist)

"Why the Clean Tech Boom Went Bust" (Wired/Juliet Eilperin)

"Wired Pulls a Charlie Sheen on Clean Energy: Experts Easily Debunk Absurd Hit-Job on Solar and Wind Power" (Climate Progress/Joe Romm)

"Correcting Loose, Off-Target Wired Magazine Claims Regarding Clean Energy" (Cleantechnica)

"Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies 'Could Provide Half of Global Carbon Target'" (Guardian)

"Fossil Fuel Subsidies: a Tour of the Data" (Guardian)

"Scrapping Fossil-Fuel Subsidies Would Get Us Halfway There on  Climate Change" (Wonkblog/Washington Post/Brad Plumer)

"Obama-Backed Car Battery Company Files for Bankruptcy Protection" (Washington Post)

"Ener1's Failure Slammed By Republicans Despite GOP Support Of The Company" (Huffington Post)

"Obama's Latest Energy Blueprint: Will Congress Go Along?" (Inside Climate News)

Source: NY Times, 01/27/2012