What galls Energy Policy Expert Fred Hewitt is that energy subsidies have been a fixture of American policy since the dawn of the fossil fuel era, and yet lawmakers refuse to make subsides for wind anywhere near permanent.
What energy companies should be doing is focusing on how to transition away from dangerous fossil fuels and invest in clean energy and a just transition for workers. One key measure that will help that transition is, unfortunately, in jeopardy.
Not that long ago, it seemed Americans had decided, for economic, national security, and environmental reasons, we were going to be enthusiastic participants in the green revolution. But the pendulum has clearly swung in the other direction.
Clean energy is not just a pop-up solution. If a town or city wants clean energy, it needs to invest in the equipment and maintenance to make it so. Hence, energy is politicized commodity, in which citizens have a big stake.