Liberals like "green energy" and Republicans hate it. Right?

Not so fast …

  • 85% of Americans want more funding for research renewable energy such as wind power.
  • In Iowa, a state leading in wind energy production, 85% of voters view tax credits for wind production as positive.
  • Also in Iowa, 57% of all voters would oppose a presidential candidate who wanted to end tax credits for wind energy, and 41% of GOP voters would oppose a Republican candidate who wanted to end tax credits for wind energy.
  • During Romney’s overseas trip, his campaign announced that “He will allow the wind credit to expire, end the stimulus boondoggles, and create a level playing field on which all sources of energy can compete on their merits.”

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By Doug Alder (not verified) on 18 Aug 2012 #permalink

Nuclear energy alternatives aren't likely to get a level playing field regardless of who's in power (Liquid Flouride Throrium Reactors are a safe cheap alternative to oil). We can bitch and moan about liberals or conservatives being worse on energy but the fact of the matter is that the are both quite terrible.

Energy is one of the top priorities this country should have and energy independence hasn't made it into our top 10 priorities as a country. It's not a party issue it's and issue and the sooner we stop bickering and getting things done the better.

I have noted, various places, about smart (I think) wealthy people buying up wind rights and water rights. I have the idea that we are going to run out of water long before we run out of oil. Not going to run out of wind any time soon.

By Jim Thomerson (not verified) on 19 Aug 2012 #permalink

Ken, how does nuclear work as an alternative to oil? Can you use it to power your car?

By Windchaser (not verified) on 20 Aug 2012 #permalink

Ken (and Windchaser)...
As always with a discussion of energy, it is very useful to draw a distinction between energy sources and fuels.

Nuclear power is an excellent alternative to coal & oil. Coal which is used for electricity and oil from which natural gas is used. I think Ken was talking about fast fission which in my opinion is the best alternative. Millions of years of clean energy and using nuclear waste from left over power plants. until fusion comes online.